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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

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The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

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Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Antioxidants are properties attributed to certain vitamins and compounds that pair with free radicals. Free radicals are molecules with an oxygen atom that has an unpaired electron. They come from a variety of sources, from foods to sunlight to cigarette smoke and pollutants. These unpaired electrons need another electron to become stable, so they steal from the nearest molecule. When this happens, oxidative stress occurs and alters the structure and function of the molecule which lost the electron and can result in signs of ageing, increased susceptibility to/progression of disease, and even DNA damage. Antioxidants help by swooping in and donating an electron to the electron-hungry free radical hedging to steal one from unsuspecting victims. When this donation occurs, the free radical is satisfied and its potential for damage is neutralized. The antioxidant acted by preventing oxidative stress from occurring. Diets rich in antioxidants from natural sources, e.g. berries, plants, tea, etc., means lower disease incidence. 

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

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Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 2: What Foods and Teas Contain Adaptogens?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens improve the adaptability of the body, regardless of the origin of the stressor (physiological, psychological, environmental, or situational), and increases its resistance threshold. In doing so, they improve organ function and hormone regulation. A brief breakdown would be to consider the Ginsengs as stimulating, Tulsi is calming, and Ashwagandha and Moringa can act in both ways (while also replenishing a deficient and depleted system). 

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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Adaptogens Part 1: What Are They and How Do They Work?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Adaptogens might be a funny sounding word, but they are relatively straightforward. In short, Adaptogens are a relatively new class of herbs that help us “adapt” to stress, regardless of the origin of the stressor. They regulate and modulate hormone production, organ function, cell health and immune function. These plants are “intuitive” and it is said that the more you need them the more they will work, the less you need them the less they will work. For example: A person with low blood sugar and a person with high blood pressure could both take therapeutic amounts of adaptogens and see their blood sugar balance out!

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Moringa: The Energizing, Caffeine-Free Matcha Alternative

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Known as the “miracle tree” Moringa is listed as a cure for 300 ailments in Ayurveda. It is considered a superfood, due to its rich nutrient content. Moringa provides more fiber, vitamins A and C, and protein than Matcha. Matcha doesn’t provide any protein, whereas Moringa provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein - a rare thing for the plant world. It is also an adaptogen, a class of botanicals that increase endurance, energy and concentration, aid the stress response, and regulate other systems and functions (i.e., blood pressure and blood sugar) without a single bit of caffeine!

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Moringa: The Energizing, Caffeine-Free Matcha Alternative

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Known as the “miracle tree” Moringa is listed as a cure for 300 ailments in Ayurveda. It is considered a superfood, due to its rich nutrient content. Moringa provides more fiber, vitamins A and C, and protein than Matcha. Matcha doesn’t provide any protein, whereas Moringa provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein - a rare thing for the plant world. It is also an adaptogen, a class of botanicals that increase endurance, energy and concentration, aid the stress response, and regulate other systems and functions (i.e., blood pressure and blood sugar) without a single bit of caffeine!

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