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Green Tea fights Covid?

Green Tea Fights Covid?  Can green tea really help you fight off Covid? 

A university study says, Yes, maybe.

An image of two bunches of Green tea that has chemical compounds effectively blocked an important SARS-CoV-2 enzyme according to NC State Univ report cited by Local Tea Co.
Green tea has chemical compounds that effectively blocked an important SARS-CoV-2 enzyme. Photo courtesy of De-Yu Xie, NC State University.

Green Tea to the rescue!

North Carolina State University released a study on November 30th presenting research on certain chemical compounds found in specific foods that seem to ‘inhibit’ the virus causing Covid.  And, you guessed it, Green tea showed the most promise.      

Green tea can ‘bind to and block’ the function of specific enzymes (or protease) in the coronavirus, slowing down or inhibiting replication.  

“If the virus can’t replicate, the virus will die,” said Dr. De-Yu Xie, a plant and microbial biology professor who led the study. 

The flavanoids and catechins unique to green tea are also present in muscadine grapes, cacao powder, and dark chocolate.  

The study explored how the main protease (Mpro) in the SARS-CoV-2 virus reacted when confronted with chemical compounds known to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Think of the Mpro as having a ‘pocket’ filled with the chemical compounds.  

Green Tea and the muscadine grapes successfully inhibited the replication function of the Mpro, while cacao powder in dark chocolate reduced the activity by about half.  

Covid Vaccine is coming; Green Tea is here!

While the vaccine is on the way, and long lists and lines are forming.  Let’s table the discussions about when or who it will help, side effects, and potential risks.  Instead, why not explore natural methods of protecting yourself from the virus?

Drinking green tea is always a good idea, and especially during the cold and flu season.  Now, more than ever, green tea is an effective booster of your body’s immune system.  Add ‘superfruit’ goji berries or antioxidant-rich strawberries found in our Goji Green or Organic Strawberry Smile green tea blends.   Green Tea Fights Covid!

So, Wear a mask!  Wash your hands!  Social distance for others!  And Drink green tea!   

A link to the complete study is here.  We have recently had a few posts on green tea, Making you Happier, and what happens if you Drink This Tea Every Day.  What tea is good for a sore throat?

How Green Tea Makes You Happier

‘How Green Tea makes you Happier’ is written by Timothy Agnew was posted to his Health & Wellness blog and reposted here with permission.  

Note: This is part of a series of posts on the science of tea. Learn why it’s good for you, and all about the myriad kinds of tea (we love tea!)

Green Tea Makes You Happier?

An image of green tea in a glass vial on a dark countertop used in the Blog Post How Green Tea will make you Happier by Tim Agnew for the Sip Locally Tea Journey by Local Tea Company in Sarasota, Florida.

Over 158 million Americans will drink tea on any given day, and it’s obviously the go-to-beverage when plain water won’t do. Among those 158 billion tea consumers are green tea aficionados. While only 15% are green tea drinkers, its growth is outpacing all other tea forms, with a 60% increase in consumption since 2004. Why the crazy growth? Well, green tea has a lot to make you happy about.

A Diverse History

Green tea was discovered in its greenest form over five thousand years ago. While stories vary, some versions of leaf’s history have a flower magically falling into a teacup. In contrast, another has an Emperor chewing a leaf, imaging how delicious it would be steeped in water. The most important book to set the record straight was Cha Jing, or Tea classic, written around 600 AD. The book detailed exactly how a cup of green tea should be made and how it should be served. Today, green tea is prepared in the same way (or should be), and drinking it has multiple health benefits. Green tea is the result of semi-oxidized leaves from camellia Sinensis. Flavors and aromas vary greatly depending on the season of harvest, country of origin, and method used to process. According to the Local Tea Company, flavored green teas are especially popular, where the best-sellers are Goji Green, Organic Strawberry Smile, and Acerola Green Tea. They offer 13 other green teas.

Feel the Power

Green tea is more than just a hydrating beverage that tastes great. The green tea plant contains a bevy of powerful compounds that make it into every cup. Rich in polyphenols (compounds great at reducing inflammation in the body), green tea is a cancer-fighting champion. Green tea also contains a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is one of the most powerful compounds in green tea. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other cellular protections. Together, these substances help reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals play a large role in aging and many types of diseases. The benefits of green tea are numerous, so it’s worth adding to your diet.

Perhaps the best news (and one that may make you happiest) is that green tea accelerates fat burning and boosts metabolic rate. Look at any weight loss supplement, and you will see green tea on the label; that’s because green tea is a dynamo for assisting weight loss programs.

Brain Protection

 

But let’s not leave out our most important organ, the brain. With an increase in brain-related diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, the brain needs protection, too. The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on the brain. They may reduce the risk of dementia, a common neurodegenerative disorder in older adults. Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in animal studies, possibly lowering the risk of dementia and memory loss.

Green tea consumption worldwide is growing, not only for its wonderful taste but for its endless health benefits. And as science backs up these benefits, it will only grow in popularity. Try to choose a higher caliber green tea brand, as some of the lower quality brands can contain excessive amounts of fluoride.

What’s the best green tea? A great source is the Local Tea Company, featuring locally inspired loose leaf teas. Try their diverse blends of green tea and so many others.

Detoxifying Green Teas

Detoxifying Green Teas

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your year has gotten off to a good start.  If not, and you were feeling bunged up and burned out after a few weeks of 2011, then it’s time to get the kettle on and brew yourself some tea!  Detoxifying Green Teas.

Where to start?  There are many teas at Local Tea Company that we can recommend you drink at this time of year to restore your energy and vitality.  Today, I will concentrate on Green Tea.   Again, we have many varieties to choose from, and the key is finding one that suits you.  If you like the taste of a particular tea, the chances are you will drink more, so experiment till you find the tea for you.

Matcha Green Tea

You should note that Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea and is one of the healthiest beverages you can ingest.  When you drink matcha, you are ingesting the whole leaf rather than an infusion of the tea leaf.

Matcha Green Tea

Most green tea benefits are gained from 2 components, a family of antioxidants called catechins, including EGCG (or epigallocatechin- 3 gallate), and an amino acid called L-Theanine.   EGCG protects against cell damage that can result in disease.   Several medical reports indicate that green tea has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.   L-Theanine boosts the brain’s alpha wave levels, leading to greater mental focus and a feeling of relaxation.  There is evidence that theanine also counteracts any negative behavior of caffeine.

Matcha is said to contain 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea, and the same goes for L-Theanine content.  If you cannot manage between 4 and 9 cups of regular green tea, then have 1 or 2 cups of matcha every day.

Matcha can be served in many ways; again, find what works for you.  I am a juicer so blend right into my daily serving of fresh juice.  You can add to your water bottle, make an iced or hot latte with soy, almond, rice milk, or drink a shot straight up.  We offer a ceremonial grade of Matcha.

Green Tea Ice Cream

Green Tea Ice Cream

You can make ice cream too.  Check out a previous post along with a recipe for green tea ice cream.  Also, I have had customers tell me that they add matcha to their regular cuppa tea.  Matcha is all good, so you need to start drinking matcha NOW.

There are some other traditional green teas you should know about.  Goji Green contains the ‘superfruit’ goji berry, which also has powerful anti-oxidants.

We offer unflavored green teas, including  Pinhead Gunpowder, and our classic Jasmine green tea is very delicate.  Our very popular Organic Strawberry Smile make those cups of tea go down really easy!

Look out for my next blog, which will include some of our herbal teas, which also have healing properties.  Time to put the kettle on; hope you are doing the same!  Good health and happiness for 2011, and make sure you ‘take time for tea.’  Detoxifying Green Teas

Cheers,
the TeaLady

Cloudy tea in the sunny summer?

Cloudy tea in the sunny summer?

Summer is here!  Cloudy Ice Tea

In case you have not visited us at the Sarasota downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, we have had some stunning teas available.  Logo for Sarasota Farmers Market in Florida

White Mischief – a beautiful China tea which is flavored with Guava,

Cochin Masala Chai – a very traditional, authentic chai which has superb iced,

Selby Select – another bush tea honoring Selby Gardens with juicy orange peel and a creamy finish ($1 off in August at our online shop),

Organic Strawberry Smile – strawberry, lychee, rosehips, and jasmine blended to perfection with a Sencha style green tea. (also $1 off in August at our online shop)

Every week we brew three teas and make them available for samples or for sale iced to beat the heat as you shop locally.

If you are making iced tea using our premium loose leaf teas, do not be alarmed if your iced tea goes cloudy.  This is a natural occurrence due to the high flavonoid/polyphenol levels in the tea. Your tea will still taste delicious!  Don’t worry about cloudy ice tea.

Happy sipping, and don’t forget to ‘sip locally.’

Cheers,
the tea lady

Tea Reviews – Wow!!!

Tea Reviews – Wow!!!

We have been submitting our teas to a few web sites that review teas. Basically, a panel of tea enthusiasts brews tastes and reviews teas, and then post comments and opinions.

At Local Tea Company, we are confident that our teas are of great quality and have an exceptional taste, but it is always good to hear what your peers have to say, right? This is what they do, taste A LOT of tea.

We were a bit reluctant, uncertain just how we might compare teas from the industry giants or the specialty tea companies. Well, we are happy to report here that Local Tea Company is holding our own and even impressing some folks.

We were very excited to hear the comments and, of course, would like to share them with you. Not that we are bragging you understand, but if you have not experienced these teas, check out what they are saying and please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts.

Drumroll Please!!!

Goji Green – “One of the best green teas in the world”  Buy Goji Green

Organic Strawberry Smile…”The aroma of the leaves is also extremely strong and juicy, making your mouth water before you even taste the tea! The perfect drink on a summer’s day!”  Buy Organic Strawberry Smile

Chocolate Honeybush…”My roommate, who isn’t a tea drinker, even commented on how good it smelled”  Buy Chocolate Honeybush

Sweet Orange Mate… “nice, mellow mate base, which leaves a slightly smoky note in the fragrance and taste”  Buy Sweet Orange Mate

Selby Select…”The aroma of the dried leaves is extremely strong and smells just like freshly squeezed orange juice!”  Buy Selby Select

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy this moment of glory.

Congratulations to us!!!

We have submitted other teas and will continue to keep you posted. If you need more information, please visit our website or send an e-mail to talk about tea.

The Tea Lady