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Green Tea as a Supplement Pt. 4

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G. Green Tea & Mortality risk


Drinking green tea daily is surprisingly and significantly linked to a lower risk of death from any cause.   There has been research that showed that an increase of one cup of green tea per day is linked with a 4% lower risk of death from any cause.  A separate study discovered also that an increase of three cups of green tea per day links with a lower risk of death from any cause.


H. Green Tea & Weight Loss

There is no conclusive evidence that green tea aids in weight loss for obese people.



I. Green Tea & Toxicity


For most people if they regularly use green tea in moderation consumption of green tea is safe.  That being said, there have been research reports that you can suffer from liver toxicity after consuming high doses of green tea extract as a dietary supplements.

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Green Tea as a Supplement Pt. 3

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C. Green Tea and Heart Related Disease

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There is evidence that daily drinking of green tea has been linked to a lower risk of death from heart problems. In a 2015 review of observational studies, an increase of just one cup of green tea each day may have produced a 5% less death rate related to cardiovascular issues.  


Some researchers have noted that green tea may be associated with a reduced stroke risk.


A 2013 review of randomized controlled medical testing concluded that green tea used over a 3–6 months seems to lower the systolic and diastolic blood pressures a little.  Later analyses of the effects of long-term green tea use as related to blood pressure have reached similar conclusions.


D. Green Tea and Blood Sugar

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When looking fasting blood sugar, researchers found that green tea lowers the fasting blood sugar but in clinical studies the drink’s effect on hemoglobin A1c and fasting insulin levels was more inconsistent than conclusive.



E. Green Tea and Choesterol



Imbibing green tea, as well as taking green tea supplements, decreases the blood’s level of total cholesterol, somewhere around 7 mg/dL,  LDL cholesterol went down about  2 mg/dL, while at the same time it does not affect the concentration of HDL cholesterol.  A 2013 review performed an analysis of longer-term, over three months, randomized controlled trials regarding green tea and cholesterol.  The researchers concluded that green tea had lowered cholesterol concentrations in the blood.

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Green Tea as a Supplement Pt. 2

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B. Green Tea and Cancer

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I find no conclusive evidence that green tea aids in preventing or treating cancer.  [Notice word conclusive.]  When existing studies are reviewed, most do concluded that there is strong suggestive evidence of green teas does aid you against cancer.  It did not though show a conclusive amount to a clear indications of benefit.


That being said, daily drinking of black tea (but not green tea) has been associated clearly associated with a significant reduction in death from all types of cancer.


Science has determined, some say it is limited evidence, that green tea consumption may be associated with a slightly lower risk of esophagus related cancers in Chinese people, a lower risk of lung cancer in women, and a lower risk of oral cancer in Asian people.  


In 2015 studies concluded that large amounts of green tea consumption may lower the risk of liver cancer in Asian women.  

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This lower risk assessment did not extend to Asian men or when one cup of green tea was consumed daily.  


Similarly, more research was done in 2012.  This data suggested that green tea may diminish lung cancer risk. It should be noted that the effect was strongest in those who drank more than seven cups of green tea daily.  Woe!   


A 2011 epidemiological studies found some limited evidence that green tea ingested may run parallel to a moderately reduced risk of liver cancer in Chinese and Japanese people.


There is limited evidence indicating that green tea consumption is not associated with developmental risk regarding pancreatic cancer or prostate cancer.


The link between green tea consumption and stomach cancer risk was at best clouded by inconsistent evidence.


Green tea produces a negative drug interaction with the chemotherapy drug bortezomib (Velcade) and other boronic acid-based proteasome inhibitors.  So if you choose a therapy that involve these lay off the green tea.

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Green Tea as a Supplement Pt. 1

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What is Green Tea?

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Green tea is produced from camellia sinensis leaves.  Unlike the other teas derived from camellia, it has undergone very minimal oxidation while being processed.  Green tea of course originated in China, but its production has been exported to many other countries.


There several varieties of green tea.  The difference comes from growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and time of harvest.  Tea consumption date back to more than 4,000 years ago, making it the oldest known herbal tea.  The Zen priest Eisai in 1191 wrote about how drinking green tea may affect five vital organs [liver, lungs, spleen, kidneys, heart], the shapes of tea plants, flowers and leaves, and how to grow and process tea leaves.


A. Green Tea and Brewing

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Steeping is the process of brewing tea in the formal and classical way a cup of tea.  In general, two grams of tea per 100 ml of water, or about one teaspoon of green tea per five-ounce (150 ml) cup is used in this process.  Of course we today just use a tea bag.  Done.


In the formal world of tea brewing green tea steeping temperatures are from 189 degrees to 142 degrees fahrenheit.  The steeping time is from two to three minutes on the long end and thirty seconds on the short end.   

As a general rule, the lower-quality green teas are steeped hotter and longer, reverse that for higher-quality teas.  If you steep green tea too hot or too long you will produce in a bitter, astringent brew product.  This is true regardless of the quality of the tea you are using, because over cooking releases too much tannins.
When you are using high-quality green teas, you can steep the tea multiple times; two or three  is times is not unusual.  Your method of steeping green tea indeed plays a very important role, if you wish to avoid the tea morphing into that overcooked taste.  Beyond that it is suggested that the container in which you steep the tea should be warmed beforehand. This is to help insure that the tea does not too quickly cool down. It is common to see the master tea-sters to leave the tea leaf in the cup or pot.  They then add hot water and the resulting tea is drunk until the flavor degrades.

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Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 6

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I. Oolong Tea and Mental Performance and Health

Oolong helps not only your physical body but also it help you mental state.  So we can say that its health benefits include an improvement in mental performance and alertness. Regular drinking of oolong tea may help in improving mental performance and maintaining alertness all day long.


J. Oolong Tea and Words of Caution


Notwithstanding all of these good things oolong tea can do, you should note this tea tends to be very caffeine rich, which may not the healthiest component of this healthful drink.  (But caffeine in moderation is an antioxidant.) Caffeine treats many people differently, but some of the side effects of excess caffeine are headaches, anxiety, sleeplessness, diarrhea, heartburn, irregular heartbeat, and confusion.


Other considers include that some serious conditions may be exacerbated with overuse of caffeine.  These may include diabetes, heart conditions, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, and high blood pressure.


Also, drinking too much oolong tea can actually force out calcium which your body is processing. For osteoporosis patients this can theoretically quicken the process of bone degradation, even though other components of oolong tea help that condition.  In moderation there is balance.  It is best to use it as a preventative method for bone health, rather than a treatment.


This is just a cautionary note.  Drink several cups of oolong tea a day if you want, because it might be just the thing to improving your health, and it is indeed a delicious and relaxing.


That being said, be aware that there is caffeine, and monitor your body’s response as you change in your diet, just like you would with all new foods and nutritional sources.


If you should find a decaffeinated brand, remember that the decaffeination process does more harm than good.


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Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 5

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G. Oolong Tea and Anti-cancer Properties

It is commonly accepted that regular tea drinkers have statistically a lower risk of developing skin cancer.

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Moreover, polyphenols in oolong tea promote apoptosis which in the stomach is related to the death and or inhibiting of cancerous growths. These polyphenol extracts also work as a chemo-preventive instrument and fight against the development of other cancerous growths. As the compounds stifle carcinogenic cells, they thwart the establishment of N-nitroso compounds, and trap genotoxic agents even before they can do their negative work.


H. Oolong Tea and Stress Management




I have written extensively on stress and healing in my book, Hypnosis for Non Hypnosis Healers and Others.  For here I will just say the elevation or mitigation of any stress in a person produces amazing benefits to healing and health.


There was a meticulous study done on oolong at the Osaka Institute for Healthcare Science in Japan.  When in their experimental mice were caused to ingest oolong, they found a marked improvement, somewhere in the stress level range of 10 to 18 %. The scientists concluded that the natural polyphenols in the oolong tea was the main cause of this stress reduction.


Also, in tea leaves is L-theanine found. This amino acid blocks L-glutamic acid to glutamate receptors in the brain.  Since this amino acid binds to excitement reactive neurons, excitation does not occur, and stress decreases because you are more able to keep your mind at rest.

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Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 4

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E. Oolong Tea and Healthy bones

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When the researchers looked at antioxidants present in oolong tea, they found that oolong protects teeth against decay, strengthen the bone structure, prevent osteoporosis, and promote normal, healthy growth of the human body.


A several studies looked at drinking tea over the long term and found effects of drinking tea, more specifically on bone mineral density (BMD). It showed that people who consistently drank black or oolong tea over 10 years ended up dramatically less likely to diminish their bone density during that time span.  The researchers theorized that something in the tea (as yet unspecified) actually causes the retention of minerals from other food that we consume.



F. Oolong tea and Diabetes


Oolong tea is recommended by some to be used as an herbal brew for the treatment of type-2 diabetic disorders.  This is done in addition supplemental drugs for treating that disease. It seems to help regulate how much blood sugar and insulin is in the bloodstream at any one time.  This tends to diminish the wild dips and spikes in blood sugar.


In a 2003 study the scientists found, when oolong tea was combined with standard drug medication, there was further balancing of blood sugar levels and ended the sudden drops in almost all of the test subjects.


This research would tend to make a reasonable person think that oolong tea would be beneficial to the person who has hypoglycemia before there is a critical need for drug intervention.  Try oolong tea.


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Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 3

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D. Oolong and Free Radicals

The polyphenol in oolong tea do the work of removing free radicals in our body, because it acts as one of the antioxidants and pushes other free radical antioxidants to do their job the body. Therefore, imbibing daily oolong tea can protect you from the potential harms that these free-moving cells can create in the your body.  This might include cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegeneration, and diabetes.

Any antioxidant characteristic of food or drink

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is beneficial, but polyphenols are particularly powerful antioxidants in oolong tea.


E. Oolong tea and healthy skin

 1. Eczema



As found in some scientific experiments, patients suffering from eczema can find beneficial results if they drink 3 cups of oolong tea throughout the day. Sometimes in less than a week good results can be seen.  Reports were that the improvements were remarkable improvement in their skin.


2. Atopic Dermatitis

Although the reason for skin improvement has not been pinpointed (who cares why when there is good results), many scientists believe that this is because of the polyphenols which we find in oolong tea also work as anti-allergenic compounds.  This is theorized to relieve irritation and chronic skin problems, which is called atopic dermatitis.



3. General skin problems

In a 2001 study, 54% of people tested were found to show positive, long-lasting results in terms of skin conditions after 6 months of daily intake of oolong tea.

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Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 2

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B. Oolong Tea and Nutrition

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Oolong tea is stuffed full antioxidants. It also delivers essential vitamins and minerals. If you are looking for calcium, manganese, copper, carotin, selenium, and potassium, as well as Vitamin A, B, C, E and K, oolong has it for you. Additionally, it is a detoxifier, because it contains folic acid, niacin amide and other detoxifying alkaloids.


It is produced in s semi-fermented processing protocol which gives the oolong tea many polyphenolic compounds.  The process add even more valuable health benefits to oolong tea. Oolong tea at the same time contains caffeine [in moderation an antioxidant] and theophylline and theobromine.  The last two are like caffeine which may stimulate a sluggish nervous system.


  1. Oolong and Weight Management


Weight management benefit is found in the polyphenol compound that we find in oolong tea.  

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This can very effectively  control the metabolism rate of fat within the body.  When it activates particular enzymes, there is an enhancement of the functions of fatty cells throughout the the body.


It, as seen the Oprah and Dr. Oz shows, is commonly believed that daily consumption of oolong tea can reduce obesity. What we know for now is the studies that have been done are promising.  


In one animal study, scientists gave mice polyphenols while at the the same time giving them a high-fat and high-sugar diet.  The mice still showed a decline in overall body weight and fat index.

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Some other studies interestingly showed or pointed to the conclusion that caffeine content acted as the catalyst behind the weight loss, but more recent studies finger the main activation agent of weight management as being polyphenols. It would seem that the active components in oolong tea make fat work correctly.


A friend of mine told me that her father started using oolong and quickly dropped 35 lbs.  This was while he did nothing different in his life, except the tea.  He was amazed.

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