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oolong tea

Oolong Tea as a Supplement Pt. 1

Oolong Tea

 

oolong tea

 

Oolong teas is in between black tea and green tea.  There is some oxidation,

 

oxidation

 

but not full oxidation as in the black tea.  This makes for a different tea.  It has some of the benefits of black tea, some of green tea, and some of its own.  This tea has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz shows.

 

When we look at some of the reported and research benefits of oolong tea, we find, reduction of chronic health conditions such as heart problems, inflammation issues,  and high cholesterol levels.  At the same time it has been shown to be providing essential antioxidants,

 

antioxidant

 

which tends to promote the body moving toward good bone structure, good skin and good dental health.

 

Some praise oolong tea as a fragrant tea with a pleasing fruity flavor and a pleasant aroma.  

 

Surprisingly in spite of its caffeine content, it appears to be an extremely relaxing drink.

 

When you consider the benefits of oolong, you will note that these marvelous benefits are doubled because it combines the good health add-ons of black tea and green tea.  The Tea Association of the United States tell us that oolong tea lies somewhere between green and black teas, because its leaves are only partially oxidized.  Oolong tea, many say, might be one of the most beneficial teas in the world.

 

A. Oolong Tea’s Background
In literature oolong tea has been noticed historically back almost 400 years, when the Chinese started to use it widely, as a semi-green fermented tea.  As to fermentation, the fermentation process is stopped as soon as the tea leaves begin changing their color.  Black tea comes from green tea, but the black tea is fully fermented in processing.  That is why it is said that oolong is between green and black tea.

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Black Tea as a Supplement Pt. 4

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I. Black Tea Risk Considerations

 

What risks come with using supplemental black tea?

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If you are consuming black tea in moderation, most researcher consider it to be generally safe for most people. However, if you decide to drink large amounts, that is say more than four or five cups a day, you may experience health problems. That’s mostly because of caffeine-related side effects.

 

caffeine

 

Here a list of some things that have been noted in some people from overuse of black tea.

 

Anxiety and difficulty sleeping

Faster breathing

Headache

Increased urination

Irregular heartbeat

Nausea and vomiting

Nervousness and restlessness

Ringing in the ears

Tremors

 

It should be noted also that mixing black tea with other types of caffeine or other products called ephedra can be dangerous. Some of the problems that may result are things like jitteriness, increased blood pressure, heart rate changes, seizures, and passing out.

 

Black tea or black tea supplements may produce certain drug interactions, or things similar to drug interaction, with medicines and other supplements you are taking.  Since medicines can cause caffeine to linger longer in your body, talk to your doctor and consider if the medicines you are taking may possibly have some negative effect.  Remember the moderation rule.

 

The caffeine, which is found in black tea, may also affect some types of blood tests. Give your doctor a heads up if you drink a lot of black tea.  That is if you are an immoderate drinker of it.

Black Tea as a Supplement Pt. 3

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F. Black Tea and Sunburns

When I was a fair skinned boy, I had problems with sunburns.  

sunburn

 

They were so bad that twice I had to go to the doctor and was laid up for a while.  One of the older ladies from church told my mother to apply black tea to my sunburns.  It worked like a miracle for me.

 

You make the tea very, very strong.  [Of course you let it cool.]  Then you take a paper towel, cotton ball, or something like that and paint the tea on the burned area.  [Know that this will probably stain a cloth.]  You leave the strong tea bowl out, and whenever you walk by, you smear a little on the area.  It is up front very soothing and pain diminishing or relieving.

 

I found that for light to moderate sunburns is worked so fast that the next day you are not even red.  And further I never had the normal result of peeling skin when I used black tea.  It was amazing.

 

Some say that this is the result of tannic acid in the tea.  This is a chemical used in some formulas for tanning leather.  There is even a black tea tanning formula.  I guess you “tan your hide” with black tea.  Ha.

 

G. Black Tea and Metabolism

metabolism

 

Preliminary studies in people show that a black tea supplement can boost metabolism.

 

H. Black Tea Dosage

Optimal doses of black tea have not been established. Supplement ingredients and quality may vary widely. You can make it strong or weak tea.  This makes it hard to set a standard dose.  Moderate usage is considered to be between one and four cups a day.

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Black Tea as a Supplement Pt. 2

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C. Black Tea and Clogged Arteries

clogged artery

 

There is now accumulating evidence that the antioxidants in black tea may reduce clogged arteries, in women more pointedly but also maybe in men. Relatedly there may also a lowering of the heart attack risk.

 

D. Black Tea May Lower Certain Risks

reduced risk

When you regularly are drinking black tea, some research suggests that you may be lowering your risk for several conditions including the following …

 

Diabetes

High cholesterol

Kidney stones

Parkinson’s disease

Osteoporosis

Lung cancer

 

Further if there is a lower risk, who is to say that the regular use of black tea after onset would not be a boost to other treatments, at least to some extent.  

 

More research is needed.  Seeing that something did not happen may be related to other factors, but in group studies there are lower incidents than in the control group.   

 

E. Black Tea and Blood Pressure

blood pressure

 

Drinking one to four cups a day, moderate use, of black tea may increase your blood pressure a little bit, but the effect does not last long. Most agree that there is no long term effect on high blood pressure, moderately using it.

Since some initial  studies in people show that a black tea supplementation increases blood pressure, small boosts in that may be helpful for people who have dizziness due to low blood pressure when they stand up.

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Black Tea as a Supplement Pt. 1

Black Tea

Black tea is the same as green tea except that the black tea has been allowed to oxidize. This oxidation does cause it to have different effects as a supplement.  This is the common tea that in Texas we use as ice tea, but it is also commonly used for a hot tea.

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A. Black tea for energy and alertness

Alertness

 

Black tea is well attested to as a supplement for alertness and energy. This attestation has been validated by scientific research. It works in this regard  because it contains a large supply caffeine.  Depending on conditions it may even have more caffeine than coffee.

 

This tea also has theophylline, which does some stimulating also.  In combination of caffeine and theophylline black tea can increase up your heartbeat and also affect more alertness.

B. Black tea as an Antioxidant

antioxidant

 

Now we are talking polyphenols.  Black tea is stuffed full of these healthy elements. These substances, antioxidants, are  good for protecting your cells, especially your DNA from damage.  

 

Scientific researchers think that the kind antioxidants we see in black tea, which includes polyphenols and catechins, can aid in preventing some types of cancer. Consider this; the research points us to the conclusion that women who regularly drink black tea manifest a sharply lower risk of ovarian cancer compared to women who do not.  

This may not apply to other cancers risk, but that is just to say that that research has has not been done or I have not noticed it yet in my searchings.

ginger

Ginger as a Supplement Pt. 5

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  1. Prevent Cancer

cancer cell

Cancer is involves uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.

 

Ginger has been researched as a treatment for cancer.   Several forms of cancer were looked at in the studies. The benificial anti-cancer properties are said to be related 6-gingerol.  This is found in large amounts in raw ginger.

 

In a 30 individuals study, 2 grams of ginger extract each day reduced inflammatory signalling molecules in the colon.  However, in a later study using individuals with a high risk of colon cancer, the researchers did not confirm these findings.

 

There is some limited evidence which suggests that ginger could be effective against pancreatic cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer. More research is needed.  But what would talking a little raw ginger daily hurt.

 

  1. Improve Brain Function and Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

a memory

Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are believed to be some of the key factors related to Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline.

 

There are animal studies that tend to indicate that the antioxidants and bioactive compounds in ginger may inhibit brain inflammatory responses.

 

Further some research indicates that ginger can enhance brain function directly. In one study, which used 60 middle-aged women, ginger extract was said to improve reaction time and working memory.

 

There are many animal studies which show that ginger can protect against age-related decline in brain function.

 

  1. The Active Ingredient in Ginger Can Help Fight Infections

 

Gingerol, which is that bioactive part of fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.

 

With ginger extract can inhibit a wide range of bacteria.

 

Ginger has proved to be effective against the oral bacteria  which are linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, like gingivitis and periodontitis.
Fresh ginger some say may be good to use against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.

 

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