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Picking the right type of tea can be overwhelming. We are here to help! A bit confused with the types, we have broken down the types teas but taste, caffeine level, and others. The most important thing for drinking tea is finding the tea that you like to drink. Whether you are drinking tea for the health benefits, or if you simply like drinking tea. It is important to find something you like the taste and smell of. Here are some simple information on how to choose.

Health Benefits of Tea:

Rosebud is very high in antioxidants. With its lovely floral scent, and relaxing taste, Rosebud tea makes it easy to get a small dose of your daily recommended antioxidants.

Flavonoids are a large group of low molecular weight polyphenolic phytochemicals found in all vascular plants. In the diet, flavonoids are found in many fruits, vegetables, and processed plant-derived foods such as teas and wines. The beneficial effects of fruits and vegetables are often attributed to flavonoid compounds rather than known nutrients as they show a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-cancer activity. Consumers and food manufactures have become increasingly interested in flavonoids for their potential beneficial role in the prevention of cancers and cardiovascular diseases due to their antioxidant properties.

Antioxidants: antioxidants is a chemical that prevents the oxidation of other chemicals. In biological systems, the normal processes of oxidation (plus a minor contribution from ionizing radiation) produce highly reactive free radicals. These can readily react with and damage other molecules: in some cases the body uses this to fight infection. In other cases, the damage may be to the body's own cells. The presence of extremely easily oxidisable compounds in the system can "mop up"free radicals before they damage other essential molecules.

The following vitamins have shown positive antioxidant effects:

  • Retinol (Vitamin A or beta-carotene) has been discovered to protect dark green, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits from solar radiation damage, and is thought to play a similar role in human body. Carrots, squash, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, kale, collards, cantaloupe, peaches and apricots are particularly rich sources of beta-carotene.
  • Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a water-soluble compound that fulfills this role, among others, in living systems. Important sources include citrus fruits (like oranges, sweet lime, etc.), green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries, raw cabbage and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin E (tocopherol) is fat soluble and protects lipids. Sources include wheat germ, nuts, seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oil and fish-liver oil.
  • Selenium best obtained through foods, as large doses of the supplement form can be toxic. Good food sources include fish, shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, garlic, and Brazil nuts. Vegetables can also be a good source if grown in selenium-rich soils.

Several food additives (including ascorbic acid and tocopherol-derived compounds) are used as antioxidants to help guard against deterioration of food.

Other antioxidants are enzymes. These include glutathione peroxidase, superoxide dismutase and catalase.

Much damage is done byfree radicalsin mitochondria as a byproduct of oxidative phosphorylation. Superoxideradicalsare generated which can damage mitochodrial DNA and mitochondrial membranes. Unlike DNA in the cell nucleus, mitochondrial DNA has only a few DNA-repair enzymes and the DNA is not protected by histones.

Many antioxidants, however (including vitamin C and vitamin E) can't get into mitochondria for various reasons (e.g. because too hydrophilic to cross mitochondrial membranes or too hydrophobic to cross the cytoplasm). A group of scientists in Russia (led by V. Skulachev) has created a custom antioxidant (A Skulachev ion forms the point of the molecule and penetrates the mitochondrial membrane; the antioxidising part is attached behind it) that can enter the mitochondria and stays there preventing damage to DNA.

Although there is little doubt that antioxidants are a necessary component for good health, there is considerable doubt as to the most beneficial antioxidant and as to the optimal amount for results. Due to the complex nature of the interactions of antioxidants with the body, it is difficult to interpret the results of many experiments designed to test such things.

For example, recent studies are suggesting that at high levels, antioxidant vitamins may prove to have pro-oxidant effects: increasing the formation of free radicals.

The benefits of antioxidants were examined during the Age-Related Eye Disease Study. Quercetin Quercetin is a flavonoid that serves as the backbone for many other flavonoids, including the citrus flavonoids rutin, quercitrin, and hesperidin. Quercetin is consistently the most active of the flavonoids in experimental studies, and many medicinal plants owe much of their activity to their high quercitin content.

Citrus Bioflavonoids

Citrus bioflavonoids preparations can include rutin, hesperidin, quercitrin, and naringin. Hydroxyethylrutosides (HER) have been used in the treatment of capillary permeability, easy bruising, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.

Green Tea

Both green tea and black tea are derived from the same plant (Camellia sinensis). Green tea is produced by lightly steaming the fresh-cut leaf, while to produce black tea the leaves are allowed to oxidize. During oxidation, enzymes present in the tea convert many "polyphenol" substances that possess outstanding therapeutic action to compounds with much less activity. With green tea, oxidation is not allowed to take place because the steaming process inactivates these enzymes. The term polyphenol denotes the presence of a phenolic ring in the chemical structure. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids (catechin, epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate, and proanthocyanidins).

Key Benefits

As a class of compounds, flavonoids have been referred to as "nature's biological response modifiers" because of their ability to modify the body's reaction to other compounds such as allergens, viruses, and carcinogenic properties. In addition, flavonoids act as powerful antioxidants by providing remarkable protection against oxidative and free-radical damage.

Proanthocyanidins extracts demonstrate a wide range of pharmacological activity. Their effects include:

  • Increase intracellular vitamin C levels
  • Decrease capillary permeability and fragility
  • Scavenge oxidants and free radicals
  • Inhibit destruction of collagen the most abundant protein in the body

Quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity because of direct inhibition of several initial processes of inflammation. For example, it inhibits both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators. In addition, it exerts potent antioxidant activity and vitamin C-sparing action.

Citrus Flavonoids

In addition to possesing antioxidant activity and an ability to increase intracellular levels of vitamin C, rutin, and hesperidin exert many beneficial effects on capillary permeability and blood flow. They exhibit also some of the anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory benefits of quercetin.

Green Tea

Green tea polyphenols are potent antioxidant compounds that have demonstrated greater antioxidant protection than vitamins C and E. Green tea may also increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes. Green tea polyphenols inhibit cancer by blocking the formation of cancer-causing compounds and suppressing the activation of carcinogens.

Food sources

Good sources of flavonoids include citrus fruits, berries, onions, parsley, legumes, green tea, red wine, and dark chocolate with a cocoa content of seventy percent or greater.

Daily Dosage

As a preventive measure and as antioxidant support, a daily dose of 50 mg of either the grape seed or pine bark extract is suitable.

The recommended dosage range for quercetin is 200 to 400 mg 20 minutes before meals (three times daily).

Green Tea

The suggested daily dosage of polyphenols is 240 to 320 mg, equal to about 3 cups of green tea.

Safety issues

Extracts are extremely safe, no side effects have been reported.

Quercetin is apparently well tolerated in humans, although allergic reaction may occur.

Citrus bioflavonoids, rutin, hesperidin, and Hydroxyethylrutosides appear to be extremely safe and without side effects.

Green tea is not associated with any significant side effects or toxicity. If preparations contain caffeine, over consumption may produce a stimulant effect.

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