Health benefits of black tea
Find out how black tea can improve your health here.
Oolong: Weightloss Tea
In China, oolong tea has traditionally been used for weight loss. To validate this practice, Physiologist Dr. William Rumpler, of the US Agriculture Research Services’ Diet and Human Laboratory, investigated oolong tea’s weight loss benefits. The study measured how tea influences energy expenditure (EE) and included 12 male volunteers who were given 4 separate beverage formulas over three consecutive days. The beverage formulas consisted of; 1) full strength oolong tea, 2) caffeinated water with caffeine equal to full strength oolong tea, 3) half strength oolong tea and 4) non caffeinated water.
The participants 24 hour EE was measured and resulted in;
• EE levels of about 3% higher when they drank either the full strength oolong tea or the caffeinated water versus the non caffeinated water.
• Participants burned an average of 67 more calories per day when drinking the full strength oolong tea.
• Participants increased fat oxidation (fat burning) by 12% after consuming the full strength oolong tea versus the caffeinated water.
• This data confirms that a component other than caffeine is responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.
A 2003 Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight reduction. The study found that drinking oolong tea resulted in greater energy expenditure than green tea.
When identifying why oolong performed better, they found that although green tea had higher caffeine and EGCG content, the concentration of polymerized polyphenols was significantly higher in oolong tea.
These findings show that it’s the polymerized polyphenols, highest in oolong tea, that link tea to burning fat, not just the caffeine or just the combination of caffeine and EGCGs. Furthermore, the rest of the compounds compared in the teas were similar or equal to one another with no marked differences, reinforcing the results.
Spice Up Your Health
Cinnamon: Obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum. Help keep your arteries healthy, manage blood sugar levels, and lower cholesterol. Also possesses powerful antiviral properties
Clove: Cloves are the aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae, Syzygium aromaticum. Cloves are native to the Maluku islands in Indonesia and used as a spice in cuisines all over the world.
Rose Hips, A Natural Tonic
Rose hips contain vitamins C, E, and K, calcium, citric acid, iron, niacin, phosphorus, tannin, vitamin A, B1, B2, and P. As a natural stimulant it gently allows movement of the bowels, as diuretic rose hips cleanse the urinary system, as a pectoral hips are a remedy for pulmonary and other lung diseases, and as a tonic the rose hips strengthen organs.
Rose hips benefit skin, the immune system, as well as the bladder. Studies have shown that rose hips can help prevent the development of kidney stones and prevent diarrhea. Additional studies have proven rose hips are helpful to the circulatory system, respiratory system, the thymus gland and as a blood cleanser.
Elderberry and the Flu
Elderberries contain flavonoids, which has been found to reduce swelling, fight inflammation, and boost the immune system. Studies have found that elderberry eases flu symptoms like fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough, and body ache. The benefits seem to be greatest when started within 24 to 48 hours after the symptoms begin. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.
Apple: Health Benefits
Apples are rich in polyphenols. Apples help decrease the oxidation of cell membrane fats, which leads to improved cardiovascular health. Apples’ strong antioxidant benefits are also related to their ability to lower risk of asthma in numerous studies, and their ability to lower risk of lung cancer.