The Glenburn Tea Estate has come to Herbal Republic

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The Glenburn Tea Estate of Darjeeling, India has been producing award-winning teas since its inception in 1859. Neslted above the River Rungeet, up in the Himalayas and overlooked by the rolling Kanchenjunga mountain range is where you'll find these three exceptional teas we have brought in direct from the Prakashes family. Be sure to check out our online blog over the next few days because we will be updating it with lots information about Glenburn's FTGFOP1, Moonshine Oolong and Silver Needles (which recently won an award from the World Tea Expo event- So amazing!! )

 

To get a better understanding of why Darjeeling teas are so highly regarded and to get you started on your tea education view these videos created by Glenburn's managers,

1) video about the award winning Silver Needles

2) video about the Glenburn Estate and Boutique Hotel

Southeast Asia Teas and the Monsoon Effect

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Reposted from T Ching!


There are many ways to appreciate tea, and for some what starts as the enjoyment of an occasional cup turns into an obsession, a vocation, or both. As one continues along the path of tea knowledge, somewhere along the way, if fortunes and time permit, a pilgrimage to a commercial tea estate might be made.

Through unexpected opportunities and friendships, very early in the process of learning more about teas, I was able to visit tea farmers in China, Japan and Thailand. Although wonderful experiences, the timing of some of the trips was not ideal with respect to the tea growing and harvesting calendar. This year planning began early for another trip and yet somehow the spring harvest months slipped away. Then summer became impossible to schedule and the best that could be arranged was a trip in September. We would be in time for some early fall harvests but we would also be straddling the rainy season in Southeast Asia.

Calling it a “rainy season” is rather quaint, depending on your location, it is typhoon/cyclone/hurricane season or monsoon season. The first three are all the same, intense storms over a body of water; east of the International Dateline they are named “hurricanes”, west of it “typhoons” and on either side of the Indian subcontinent “cyclones”. Monsoon season is a low-pressure system over a landmass that creates an extended period of rainfall and typically, flooding in many countries across Southeast Asia.

For tea growers affected by these conditions, managing the optimum times for tea harvesting and processing around significant periods of rain is critical. Tea leaves plucked before the heaviest rains will usually have a different flavor profile than harvests during or just after monsoon season. In some regions, monsoon harvest teas, weaker in flavor, are some of the lowest priced teas produced by tea estate.

Our travels began in Bangkok, Thailand the first week in September and then headed south for a few days before making a long trek to the northern border and Myanmar. More through dumb luck than careful planning we managed to avoid any heavy rain, just the occasional afternoon or evening thunderstorm. As morning mists lifted, we had the opportunity to walk among rows of carefully cultivated tea bushes just before plucking began. On some estates larger “wild” assamica varietal bushes were interspersed among the manicured rows, the debated third botanical category of tea bush found in the Golden Triangle region.

Eventually, our luck ran out as we returned to Bangkok for a short side trip to Singapore. One person who was to join us from Hong Kong was grounded when a typhoon cancelled all flights out of the airport. In Singapore, with each passing day the afternoon storms became longer in duration with apocalyptic levels of rainfall. On our return to Thailand, flooding was already a problem in the central provinces.

For tea lovers, it pays to keep an eye on the global weather, especially in the growing region of your favorite teas. Bad weather may mean having to modify your expectations for a tea until the next harvest cycle. It also becomes important for some teas to know which harvest during the year is being sold. To say a tea is a “2013 Harvest” isn’t enough information as spring or early summer teas will be distinctly different than late summer or autumn.

Keep Yourself Healthy with Tea!

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Why White Tea?

white teaFor those new to the game of tea, let us present you a delightul cheat sheet of information on White Tea!

Let's start with some basics!

All tea comes from the same plant: the Camilla Sinesis. Of course, there are "teas" such as rooibos, tisanes, herbal remedies, and yerba mate, which due to their popularity and similar brewing method's of hot and cold water infusions become included under our beloved header of Tea.

Traditionally however, there are four types of teas (Black, Green, White and Oolong), their names being a signifer to their amount of frementation. With white tea, tea farmers pick the very young leaves from the tea buds which fully opened during the spring time. They then take these leaves and simply steam them giving you a wonderfully sweet, and silky flavour tea that is very light in color.

Thanks to white tea being practically unprocessed, its natural health benefits remain perfectly intact for your tasting pleasure. This is why you will often hear tea fanatics preaching about white tea being so beneficial for your body! The state of White Tea allows it to have high levels of ECGC,  and polyphenols; both of which are antioxidants that fight cancer-causing cells and aging. Plus it is extremely rich in fluroide; therefore next time you visit the dentist, you will be one step ahead with this plaque fighting tea. Everyone wins!

Two strains of popular straight-white teas are White Peony and Silver Needles. The first is put together with the ratio of one bud for every two leaves, the second is comprised entirely of downy buds picked within the first two days of early spring.

But don't stop trying white tea there! Dan Lei (peony flowers), White Magic (apple & brazilian pepper) and Ambrosia (peach & citrus) are three of our white tea blends. So branch out, give yourself something new to try and enjoy your week!

 

Healing Teas Line

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Energize Me - Kick Start Your Day with Lemon Balm Leaf, Hibiscus, Orange Peel and Lemon Peel.

1) Reduces Fatigue and Stress 2) Aids ADHD and Alzheimers 3) Regulates Body Temperature 4) Acts as a Natural Diuretic 5) Promotes Energy and Wakefulness 6) Contains Antioxidants.

Glowing Tea - Nourish your Skin and Health with Burdock Root, Hibiscus and Lemongrass.

1) Regulates Body Temperature 2) Combats Acne and Eczema 3) Eliminates Toxins and Waste 4) Gentle Laxative 5) Aids Digestion 6) Enhances Organ Performance.

Smooth FlushConstipation Preventive with Yellow Dock Root, Dandelion Root, Ginger Root and Licorice Root.

1) Aids Stressed Intestinal Tract 2) Reduces Chronic Fatigue 3) Lowers Colon Toxicity 4) Promotes Healthy Digestion 5) Aids Nausea, Upset Stomach and Flatulence 6) Anti-Inflammatory.

LaxativeConstipation Relief with Dandelion Root, Senna Leaf and Peppermint.

1) Flushes Toxins 2) Soothes Bloating and Cramps 3) Supports IBS 4) Mild Laxative 5) Nourishes and Boosts Hepatic Performance 6) Blood Purifier.

Sleepy Tea - Free Yourself From Insomnia with Egyptian Chamomile, Catnip, Valerian Root and Linden Flowers.

1) Relieves Congestion 2) Eliminates Headaches 3) Reduces High Blood Pressure 4) Eases Muscle Tension 5) Calms IBS 6) Mild Sedative.

Tummy Tea - Boost Digestion and Calm Stomach Aches with Peppermint, Lemon Balm Leaf and Meadow sweet.

1) Supports Gastrointestinal Tract 2) Aids Upset Stomach 3) Reduces Menstrual Cramps 4) Mild Sedative 5) Alleviates IBS 6) Anti-Inflammatory.

Vibrant - Purify Inside and Out with Ginger Root, Echinacea, Rosehip Seedless, and Peppermint.

1) Aids Mild Constipation 2) Prevents Bladder Disorders 3) Nourishes the Skin 4) Promotes Healthy Digestion 5) Anti-Inflammatory 6) Flushes Liver of Toxins.

Zen Tea Calm Your Mind and Body with Oatstraw, Holy Tulsi and Sage.

1) Reduces Fevers, Colds and Coughs 2) Aids Sweating, Hot Flashes and Menopausal Symptoms 3) Stabilizes Blood Sugar Levels 4) Strengthens Nervous System 5) Improves Circulatory Function 6) Eases Stress.

Real Men Drink Green Tea

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*Reposted from the Huffington Post*

Green tea should be a part of everyday health for men. That's because green tea contains compounds that are important for maintaining men's health (including preventing prostate cancer), protecting against heart disease (the number one killer of men), and fighting overweight/obesity (72.3 percent of men), among other benefits. (1)

Green tea's medicinal powers are in catechins, potent antioxidants that have demonstrated a variety of health-enhancing properties. Among the several different types of catechins, the most powerful is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.

In a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, for example, investigators reported that antioxidants in green tea, mainly EGCG, significantly reduced the levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA) and two other indicators for prostate cancer in men who had the disease. (2)

Catechins may also benefit men who have pre-cancerous prostate lesions called prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN). Men who have PIN have a high risk of developing "full-on" prostate cancer, so they naturally are interested in ways to reduce that risk. One possibility may be EGCG, according to a study published in Cancer Research. Sixty men who had high-grade PIN received either three 200-mg capsules of catechins daily or a placebo. After one year, only one tumor was found among the 30 treated men compared with nine discovered in the 30 controls. (3)

Numerous studies involving large populations of men have shown that those who drink green tea regularly are less likely to develop prostate cancer than men who avoid the tea. (4) Exactly how much green tea a man should drink to protect his prostate is not clear, but the results of a few studies offer some guidelines.

One large study followed the green tea drinking habits of 49,920 men aged 40 to 69 for 10 years. Men who enjoyed five or more cups daily had a reduced risk of advanced prostate cancer when compared with men who drank less than one cup daily. (5) If five cups sounds like too much, another study found that men who drank more than three cups daily were less likely to get the disease. (6)

How does green tea fight prostate cancer? Some scientists say it interferes with the actions of an enzyme that promotes cancer, slows the growth of prostate cancer cells, and prompts them to commit suicide (apoptosis). (7) Catechins can also interfere with the activity of COX-2, an enzyme that accumulates in prostate cancer tissues. (8) The popular COX-2 inhibitor, celecoxib (Celebrex), can slow the growth of prostate cancer in animals. However, at least one study showed EGCG was nearly as effective as COX-2 inhibitors in slowing the growth of prostate cancer. (9)

Green tea may also protect the heart and circulation. Decaffeinated green tea significantly reduced cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations in lab animals in one study, while another noted that drinking several cups of green tea every two to three days reduced stroke by 50 percent. (Tanabe 08) Experts believe the antioxidants in green tea improve the flexibility of blood vessels, making them less likely to become blocked. (10)

In an Oklahoma State University study, green tea as a beverage (four cups daily) and as a supplement (two capsules daily) for eight weeks significantly decreased body weight and body mass index in obese patients when compared with controls. (11) More evidence was seen in overweight men who took 300 mg EGCG daily for two days. They experienced an increase in fat oxidation, indicating that the catechin contributes to the antiobesity effect of green tea. (12)

If the thought of going from zero to three to five cups of green tea daily does not appeal to you can make a green tea smoothie. Brewing time has a major impact on the final catechin content, so steep green tea leaves or powder (skip tea bags) for a minimum of 15 minutes. Japanese green teas tend to be the most potent when it comes to catechin levels.

Given the fact that soda is killing the nation promoting healthy drinking choices for all is more critical than ever.

Read more on green tea, red wine and prostate cancer. Craig Cooper is the founder of CooperativeHealth, The Prostate Cancer Institute and the men's health website www.prostate.net. Become a fan of www.prostate.net on Facebook and get men's health updates on Twitter (http://twitter.com/Prostatenet). Also, check out Craig's "Healthy Living for Men" blog.

Sources

1. NIH, "Overweight and Obesity Statistics," http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/PDFs/stat904z.pdf ; Heron MP et al. Deaths: Final data for 2006. National Vital Statistics Reports; Vol. 57 No. 14. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2009; and Chacko SM et al. Beneficial effects of green tea: a literature review. Chinese Med 2010 Apr 6; 5:13

2. McLarty J et al. Tea polyphenols decrease serum levels of prostate-specific antigen, hepatocye growth factor, and vascular endothelial growth factor in prostate cancer patients. Cancer Prev Res 2009 Jun 19; online 10.1158/1940-6207.

3. Bettuzzi S et al. Chemoprevention of human prostate cancer by oral administration of green tea catechins in volunteers with high-grade prostate intraepithelial neoplasia. Cancer Res 2006; 66(2):1234-40.

4. Heilbrun LK et al. Black tea consumption and cancer risk: a prospective study. Br J Cancer 1986; 54:677-83; and Jain MG et al. Alcohol and other beverage use and prostate cancer risk among Canadian Men. Intl J Cancer 1998; 78(6):707-11.

5. Kurahashi N et al. Green tea consumption and prostate cancer risk in Japanese men: a prospective study. Am J Epidemiol 2008; 167(1): 71-77.

6. Jian L et al. Protective effect of green tea against prostate cancer: a case-control study in southeast China. Intl J Cancer 2004; 108(1):130-35.

7. Gupta S et al. Prostate cancer chemoprevention by green tea. Cancer Research 1999; 59(9):2115-20; and Gupta S et al. Growth inhibition, cell-cycle dysregulation, and induction of apoptosis by green tea constituent (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate in androgen-sensitive and androgen-insensitive human prostate carcinoma cells. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2000; 164(1):82-90.

8. Hussain T et al. Green tea constituent epigallocatechin-3-gallate selectively inhibits COX-2 without affecting COX-1 expression in human prostate carcinoma cells. Intl J Cancer 2005; 113(4):660-69.

9. Adhami VM et al. Combined inhibitory effects of green tea polyphenols and selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors on the growth of human prostate cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. Clin Cancer Res 2007; 13:1611-19.

10. Tanabe N et al. Consumption of green and roasted teas and the risk of stroke incidence: results from the Tokamachi-Nakasato cohort study in Japan. Int J Epidemiol 2008 Oct; 37(5): 1030-40

11. Basu A et al. Green tea supplementation affects body weight, lipids, and lipid peroxidation in obese subjects with metabolic syndrome. J Am Coll Nutr 2010 Feb; 29(1): 31-40

12. Boschmann M, Thielecke F. The effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate on thermogenesis and fat oxidation in obese men: a pilot study. J Am Coll Nutr 2007; 26(4):389S-95S

Rooibos to the Rescue

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Looking for a nice cup of tea that boosts your health while being caffeine free? Next time you're out try Rooibos!

The title Rooibos tea is actually quite misleading as Rooibos does not come from the camemilla sinensis plant, but instead grows on a bush only found in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa.

When choosing a tea that provides health benefits the popular decision tends to be green tea. But for many, the caffeine of green tea can cause issues: insomnia; headaches; and IBS. But as Rooibos is caffeine free, you'll find anytime of day is a perfect time for tea.

When deciding between green and red Rooibos keep these tidbits in mind: red Rooibos is oxidized and produces a slightly sweet taste, while green is unoxidized and tastes slightly grassy.

The health benefits of Rooibos are as extensive as our tea list so make yourself a cup, pull up a chair and take a read :)

Health Benefits:

Reduces heart disease; limits uric acid production (gout); anti-inflammatory; eases nervous tension; calms allergies; aids eczema; fights insomnia; prevents DNA damage; relieves stomach cramps; is anti-viral and anti-spasmodic. This tea is also rich in: iron; calcium; potassium; copper; fluoride; magnesium; zinc; and alpha hydroxy.

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Green Tea Study Shows Promise For Pre-Prostate Cancer Patients

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Men with prostate cancer who consumed green tea prior to undergoing prostatectomy had reductions in markers of inflammation, according to data presented at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 16-19, 2012.

"Our study showed that drinking six cups of green tea affected biomarkers in prostate tissue at the time of surgery," said Susanne M. Henning, Ph.D., R.D., adjunct professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. "This research offers new insights into the mechanisms by which green tea consumption may reduce the risk for prostate cancer by opposing processes such as inflammation, which are associated with prostate cancer growth."

Prior epidemiological data have been inconclusive about the relationship between green tea and prostate cancer. However, one recent intervention study conducted in Italy revealed that men with a precursor to prostate cancer called prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia who consumed a green tea extract reduced their risk for progression to prostate cancer.

Henning and colleagues examined potential mechanisms by which green tea may have beneficial effects among 67 men with prostate cancer scheduled to undergo prostatectomy. The researchers randomly assigned the men to either six cups of brewed green tea or water daily for three to eight weeks, depending on the timing of their surgery. They collected blood and urine samples before and after the green tea or water consumption and collected prostate tissue following the pathology exam.

The data showed that serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) concentrations were significantly lower at the end of the study compared with baseline levels in men consuming green tea. In addition, prostate tissue PSA protein expression was lower in men assigned to green tea consumption compared with the control group at the end of the study.

Further, immunostaining analysis revealed that nuclear factor kappa B, a marker of inflammation, was significantly reduced in those men assigned to green tea compared with those in the control group. A urinary marker of oxidative DNA damage was significantly decreased in urine from men consuming green tea compared with controls.

The researchers found no differences in markers of tumor cell proliferation between the two treatment groups.

Henning and her colleagues are further evaluating the association between green tea and prostate cancer by trying to enhance its activity. Currently, they are exploring the possibility of combining green tea with other natural products in mouse studies.

Funding for this study was provided by the National Institutes of Health.

Article from Science Daily!

Green Tea & Coffee May Lower Stroke Risk

 Green tea and coffee may help lower your risk of having a stroke, especially when both are a regular part of your diet, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

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"This is the first large-scale study to examine the combined effects of both green tea and coffee on stroke risks," said Yoshihiro Kokubo, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.A.C.C., F.E.S.C., lead author of the study at Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center. "You may make a small but positive lifestyle change to help lower the risk of stroke by adding daily green tea to your diet."Researchers asked 83,269 Japanese adults about their green tea and coffee drinking habits, following them for an average 13 years. They found that the more green tea or coffee people drink, the lower their stroke risks.

People who drank at least one cup of coffee daily had about a 20 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who rarely drank it.
People who drank two to three cups of green tea daily had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke and those who had at least four cups had a 20 percent lower risk, compared to those who rarely drank it.
People who drank at least one cup of coffee or two cups of green tea daily had a 32 percent lower risk of intracerebral hemorrhage, compared to those who rarely drank either beverage. (Intracerebral hemorrhage happens when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds inside the brain. About 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic.)

Participants in the study were 45 to 74 years old, almost evenly divided in gender, and were free from cancer and cardiovascular disease. During the 13-years of follow-up, researchers reviewed participants' hospital medical records and death certificates, collecting data about heart disease, strokes and causes of death. They adjusted their findings to account for age, sex and lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol, weight, diet and exercise. Green tea drinkers in the study were more likely to exercise compared to non-drinkers.

Previous limited research has shown green tea's link to lower death risks from heart disease, but has only touched on its association with lower stroke risks. Other studies have shown inconsistent connections between coffee and stroke risks.

Initial study results showed that drinking more than two cups of coffee daily was linked to increasing coronary heart disease rates in age- and sex-adjusted analysis. But researchers didn't find the association after factoring in the effects of cigarette smoking—underscoring smoking's negative health impact on heart and stroke health. A typical cup of coffee or tea in Japan was approximately six ounces. "However, our self-reported data may be reasonably accurate, because nationwide annual health screenings produced similar results, and our validation study showed relatively high validity." Kokubo said. "The regular action of drinking tea, coffee, largely benefits cardiovascular health because it partly keeps blood clots from forming." Tea and coffee are the most popular drinks in the world after water, suggesting that these results may apply in America and other countries.

It's unclear how green tea affects stroke risks. A compound group known as catechins may provide some protection. Catechins have an antioxidant anti-inflammatory effect, increasing plasma antioxidant capacity and anti-thrombogenic effects. Some chemicals in coffee include chlorogenic acid, thus cutting stroke risks by lowering the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Further research could clarify how the interaction between coffee and green tea might help further lower stroke risks, Kokubo said.

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-03-green-tea-coffee.html#jCp