There's a seasonality to the teas we drink—perhaps most pronounced for those of us who annually enjoy four distinct seasons. Whereas a full-bodied, steaming hot tea comforts during winter's cold, we often reach for light and sunny brews on the first precious warm days of spring. Citrus teas fulfill that need nicely, reminding us of … Continue reading Reasons for Citrus in Tea
Research is exciting! It's also generally very slow. Although the incredibly fast development of the COVID-19 vaccination may lead us to believe that science moves quickly—and it certainly did in this case—the usual course is far more plodding. Take the studies into how and/or whether drinking tea produces tangible and measurable health benefits. This sort … Continue reading Is Tea Helpful after Heart Attack or Stroke?
My late mother-in-law chided me for being skeptical, a trait I attributed to: –my science background (must be data-driven and reproducible!) –the fact that my mother was an auditor (look for misrepresentations or falsified info!) –my years as an editor (identify all errors and weak arguments!) but my MIL was correct: I tend to start … Continue reading Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)
Wouldn't it be nice if a cure or treatment for COVID-19 were something simple, something already sitting in our homes just waiting to be discovered? Something as simple as a cup of tea? Well, reality is rarely uncomplicated or easy, especially when it comes to fighting viruses that are tough, adaptive, and tenacious. So if … Continue reading COVID-19 Research Includes Tea
I find it interesting that, when investigating viruses, researchers often turn to tea—possibly to drink, but generally as something to analyze. It's way too early to know if this will hold true for COVID-19, but here are a few examples of how tea and its abundant polyphenols have been studied and may someday be part … Continue reading Amid This Pandemic, a Look at Tea and Its Effect on Viruses
Ever wonder why sometimes there's a bit of sediment in your tea cup? Or speculate as to what exactly it is? Since customers evidently prefer that their tea beverages be clear rather than murky, manufacturers of ready-to-drink tea beverages have long looked into tea sediment, which forms simply from the binding of polyphenols to proteins … Continue reading Sediment in Your Tea?
This week, yet another study was published in which tea makes its appearance. Should we be excited? Should coffee drinkers throw up their hands and join the tea cohort? Can we use this as an excuse to buy that pricy tea we've been eying? Well, like the tea-longevity study that I recently looked at (Drink … Continue reading Does Tea Help Prevent Alzheimer Dementia?
Increasingly exciting results are coming out of research into tea as a beverage and/or medicine—even as tea as a plant is becoming embattled in many regions of the world. First the Good News: Tea Is Great! Against antibiotic-resistant bacteria— Current headlines tout the efficacy of tea's main flavanol, epigallocatechin gallate or ECGC, in working synergistically with the … Continue reading TEA: New Benefits Being Discovered, Yet the Plant’s Sustainability Is in Question in Some Regions of the World
It's well known that blueberries—loaded with antioxidants and nutrients—are particularly good for you. But what about their leaves? One study indicates that blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry leaves contain more antioxidants than the berries! Granted, I don't know if this would be true outside a lab setting, or if you'd have to eat the leaves rather … Continue reading Blueberry Leaves Abound with Flavor and Antioxidants
I began our family road trip as any tea-lover would do: with a travel mug of a favorite tea that I made before we left. Farther along on the trip, however, I found a dearth of tea options. But no worries, right? After all, we were in wine country! Where—when sampling wines at Dr. Konstantin … Continue reading Wine and Tea: Commonalities Beyond Terroir