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Information on the Health Benefits of Tea
Tea has gained a lot of publicity lately on its many health benefits.  Here is a summary of good articles on the health benefits of tea.
Tea and Fruit Lower Risk of Lung Cancer
More good new about the health benefits of black tea. People that drink black tea and eat fruit have a lower chance of developing lung cancer. These results were from a study reviewed at CHEST 2011, the 77th annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).

In this study, scientists from the Czech Republic found that drinking black tea had a protective effect on nonsmoking women, while fruit had a protective effect for both men and women.

Is That Cup of PG Tips Tea Really Healthy for You?
So, you drink PG Tips Tea. Have you ever wondered if it is healthy for you? Most studies on tea's health benefits involve the green variety. Although it is not as well-known, research has been done into the health benefits of PG Tips.

The first area PG Tips may help with is very topical. Your cup of PG Tips may help in the fight against obesity. Japan's Kobe University conducted a study which showed tea may help people trying to lose weight. Specifically, tea can help limit the amount of weight gained as well as reduce the damages of high fat foods. In the study, some mice had a normal diet while another group had a high-fat diet. Mice drank tea and water. The study concluded that mice that drank tea gained less weight than those that had only water.

PG Tips also may help with one of the world's biggest health problems. The finding of 13-year long Dutch research of 40,000 subjects concluded that a few cup per day could help protect against heart disease. Subjects that consumed 6 or more cups per day cut heart disease by 33%.

PG Tips also can help you with one of the modern-world's biggest afflictions. University College London discovered that black teas like PG Tips help in fighting stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone in the blood, was reduced with consumption of black tea. Tea drinkers were able to recover from effects of stress sooner.

Actually, the research described above focused on black tea and not a specific brand. But PG Tips may be the world's preeminent brand of black tea. The origins of PG Tips start with Arthur Brooke, a tea dealer, in Manchester, England, in 1869. Famously, he used the slogan "Good tea unites good company, exhilarates the spirits, opens the heart, banishes restraint from conversation and promote happiest purposes of social intercourse."

The actual brand name did not begin until 1930, when it was sold under Pre-Gest-Tea rather than just as loose to grocers. The brand name was chosen since it was thought to help with digestion before eating. Eventually, it was shortened to PG Tips. PG Tips is often at the center of the tea business. The company put the tea in bags in 1960. The company was the first, in 1996, to introduce pyramid-shape bags. A decaffeinated version was introduced in 2004 and a 75th anniversary variety called Special Blend launched in 2005. A version specifically for the waters of Scotland, called Scottish Blend was developed in 2004.

Still made in Manchester, England, PG Tips comes in bags and loose in various sizes. PG Tips offers bags in boxes of 80 and 240. PG Tips Loose usually comes in an 8.8 ounce box but also can be had in a 3.3 pound bag. PG Tips Decaffeinated comes in boxes of 40 or 80 bags and has a full-bodied taste.

To get maximum health benefits from your PG Tips, take a few steps to make the perfect cup. First, use fresh water every time. Never boil water twice. To get maximum taste, tea needs to work with the oxygen in water and if you re-boil it, you remove all the oxygen. For black kinds like PG Tips, make sure water comes to a rolling water. Then, put your bag in your mug and then pour over the water. This step is better for the bag and allows it to infuse better. Steep for between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on how you like it. Add milk or sugar depending on preference.

Be more healthy, drink PG Tips Tea.

Health Benefits of English Tea
Even though brands of tea from England are among the world's most popular, they are most often overlooked when it comes to their health benefits. Although green varieties get most of the hype, English Teas, which are usually black, do offer many health benefits.

Many English brands are popular, but a few are the most familiar, and popular worldwide: PG Tips, Taylors of Harrogate, Typhoo and Yorkshire.

England's, and perhaps the world's, best-selling, PG Tips was started in 1869 in Manchester, England by Arthur Brooke. A small family-run business, Taylors of Harrogate was founded in 1886 and is one of country's few remaining independent family-run tea businesses. Taylors also produces Yorkshire Tea, which has awarded the nation's best. Started in Birmingham, England in 1903, Typhoo comes in a distinctive red box and is another of the world's popular brands.

Several studies bear out the health benefits of black teas.

A study from Kobe University in Japan may help those struggling with weight issues. The study showed that tea can reduce weight gains and limit the negative consequences of high fat foods. The study examined a group of mice. One group was given a normal diet and the other a diet high in fat. During this time, the mice consumed water and tea. At the end of the study, evidence showed mice that consumed tea has reduced weight gain as compared to the group that drank only water.

Another study shows it may help prevent heart disease, according to research from the University of L'Aquila in Italy. The study found that black varieties provides better heart health by lowering blood pressure and improving blood vessel reactivity.

Next, a new study shows it can help protect against heart disease. Results from a Dutch study of 40,000 people over 13 years indicates that having several cups a day can protect against heart disease. The risk of heart disease was cut by 1/3 for those who had 6 or more cups per day.

Then, scientists show how a cup makes you feel better. A new scientific study of black tea shows it can help you recover from stress more quickly. Researchers found that it cut levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the blood. Consumption reduces stress levels quicker than drinking other beverages. The study was conducted by University College in London and published the study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Tea Can Help With Weight Gain
New research shows that tea consumption could help those having treatment for obesity.

A study from Kobe University in Japan may help those struggling with weight issues. The study showed that tea can reduce weight gains and limit the negative consequences of high fat foods.

The study examined a group of mice. One group was given a normal diet and the other a diet high in fat. During this time, the mice consumed water as well as black and green tea.

At the end of the study, evidence showed that the mice that consumed tea has reduced weight gain as compared tot the group that drank only water.

Researchers caution that this study needs to be conducted in people but it still shows promise. Always make sure to talk to your Doctor for specific medical advice.

Tea Drinking May Help Protect Men Against Heart Disease
Men should drink tea as protection against coronary heart disease.  Researchers from the University College London demonstrated this finding in a recent study.  Heart disease is a leading cause of death for men in western nations.   In the study, 75 men between 18 and 55 were split into groups with half drinking tea and the other half a placebo.  The tea drinkers lowered levels of stress hormones in the blood.

Black Tea Help Against Cavities and Gum Disease
Drinking black tea may help lower your dental bills.  According to a study from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, tea slows harmful bacteria that create dental plaque.   Polyphenols, chemical compounds in black tea, slowed the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in plaque and reduced acid production levels.   Researchers also found that polyphenols inhibited glucosyltansferase, an enzyme produced by bacteria, which prevents dental plaque from adhering to teeth.

Let Tea Brew Longer for More Health Benefits
How can you get the most health benefits from a cup of tea? Just the tea brew longer.  Higher levels of flavonoids and antioxidants result when tea is allowed to brew longer, according to a new study from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that help prevent damage to cells. Flavonoids are a class of antioxidants. Antioxidants generally minimize substances harmful to the body. All tea contain antioxidants. Researchers made 1 cup of tea and allowed it to brew for 3, 5, 7 and 10 minutes. The levels of flavonoids and antioxidants increased as the tea was allowed to brew longer. Tea allowed to steep for 7 minutes had 60% more flavonoids then tea brewed for 3 minutes.

Tea May Protect Against Skin Cancer
Tea may help protect against skin cancer.  According to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, people who regularly drink tea lower the risk of two common forms of skin cancer: squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma.  Researchers studied over 2,200 adults and found tea drinkers consuming more than 1 cup a day had a 20 to 30 percent lower chance of getting skin cancer. Tea drinkers consuming more than 2 ore more cups of tea a day and have been drinking tea for decades achieved even better results. Even though tea helps lower you chance of skin cancer, researchers caution to still take precautions when in the sun. The study was led by Dr Judy R Rees of the Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Remember, this research is preliminary so always make sure to consult your doctor. 

Tea and Caffeine

Do you know how much caffeine is in a cup of tea? Most people are confused. Caffeine occurs naturally in coffee, tea and cocoa beans. It is added to cola to enhance flavor.

Since black and green tea come from Camellia Sinensis, the tea plant, both contain caffeine.  Most herbal teas are made from herbal blends and contain no real tea. As a result, most herbal teas are caffeine free. Chamomile tea is an example of an herbal tea. 

Red tea or rooibos, a South African herb, contains no caffeine and has many of the health benefits as green tea.

On average, a cup of tea contains 1/3 the caffeine as a cup of coffee. According to the USDA, an 8 ounce cup of coffee brewed with tap water has 137.7 milligrams of caffeine; an 8 ounce cup of tea brewed with tap water has 37.5 milligrams of caffeine; a 16 ounce cola has 49 milligrams of caffeine.

Also, caffeine levels in tea bags and loose tea are similar. The amount of time you steep the tea is the biggest factor in determining the level of caffeine.