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“Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one.” (Ancient Chinese Proverb)

Is any other food or drink reported to have as many health benefits as green tea? The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything from headaches to depression. In her book Green Tea: The Natural Secret for a Healthier Life, Nadine Taylor states that green tea has been used as a medicine in China for at least 4,000 years.

Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:

cancer
rheumatoid arthritis
high cholesterol levels
cariovascular disease
infection
impaired immune function

What makes green tea so special?

The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots. The latter takes on added importance when you consider that thrombosis (the formation of abnormal blood clots) is the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke.

Links are being made between the effects of drinking green tea and the “French Paradox.” For years, researchers were puzzled by the fact that, despite consuming a diet rich in fat, the French have a lower incidence of heart disease than Americans. The answer was found to lie in red wine, which contains resveratrol, a polyphenol that limits the negative effects of smoking and a fatty diet. In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.

Why don’t other Chinese teas have similar health-giving properties? Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed. Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, which results in the EGCG being converted into other compounds that are not nearly as effective in preventing and fighting various diseases.

Other Benefits

New evidence is emerging that green tea can even help dieters. In November, 1999, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published the results of a study at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Researchers found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those given only caffeine or a placebo.

Green tea can even help prevent tooth decay! Just as its bacteria-destroying abilities can help prevent food poisoning, it can also kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque. Meanwhile, skin preparations containing green tea – from deodorants to creams – are starting to appear on the market.

Harmful Effects?

To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.

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Capsules

Virgin Coconut Oil opens a valuable new dimension in healthy food life, not only because it is cholesterol free and trans fat free ,but rich in the medium chain.Coconut oil contains only percent Omega-6 MCFA’s & contain fewer calories than other types of Fatty acids; therefore using coconut oil in place of other oils will reduce a person’s calorie intake.

Dosage

Adults: 2 Capsules before meals three times a day orally
or as prescribed by the physician.

Indications : It is recommended to:

Promote natural weight loss

Reduce sugar cravings

Support healthy digestion

Support healthy skin and hair

Contra Indications:

During pregnancy should not be used without a Physician’s advice.

Active Ingredient

Each 1000 mg capsule contains Virgin Coconut Oil 975 mg. & Black Seed oil 25 mg.

Side Effects / Adverse Reactions:

There are no known adverse effects. Black Seeds & Virgin Coconut Oil are used in our daily food & it is an ingredient in more than 70% of the

Ayurvedic Preparations.

If one feels BARAKA Virgin Coconut Oil Capsules are too heaty for their body or if the patient has a history of gastritis, they should reduce the dosage and use it less frequently.

Storing Instructions:
Store below 25o C. protect from moisture and light Keep container tightly closed. See pack for expiry life.

Packing:
Available in 90 capsules per bottle.

Price : $16.70

Shipping Weight: 0.39 pounds

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Hello everybody

I thought of starting a blog exclusively dedicated for Natural Herbals from Ceylon,

Why Herbals for Health?

Using herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has a long tradition. In Sri Lanka (Ceylon), India and China, these traditions date back thousands of years.

Once thought of as “traditional medicine” used by native or ancient cultures, herbal medicine has emerged as a popular alternative or supplement to modern medicine. According to the World Health Organization, $60 billion are currently spent on herbal remedies globally, and the trend is growing rapidly.”

It is estimated that in the United States alone, botanical dietary supplements exceed $4.5 billion in 2007. Herbal products can be found in grocery stores and on the Web, as well as natural food markets, their traditional source. Sixty-eight percent of Americans take dietary supplements. Herbal remedies are the leading type of alternative therapy for both adults and those under 18. The herbal market is growing steadily at about 20 percent each year, and herbal remedies are being used as alternative therapies for both adults and children. With this increase, however, come many questions.

The term herbs in this fact sheet refers to plants used for oral medicinal purposes, not herbs for cooking. It includes botanicals, herbs, herbals, herbal products, herbal medicines, herbal remedies and herbal supplements.

Why Take Herbs?

People take herbs for many reasons and many conditions. One of the biggest reasons is that herbs are considered natural and therefore healthier and gentler than conventional drugs. (Ironically, many prescription drugs are of herbal origin.) They are used for everything from upset stomachs to headaches. Some people take them for overall health and well-being, not for any specific condition. For others, herbal use is grounded in traditions passed down from generation to generation or recommended by folk healers.

Are Herbs Effective?

Many herbs have health benefits. Research has shown that echinacea cuts the length and symptom severity of colds and that powdered ginger is effective against morning sickness, postoperative nausea and vomiting, and vertigo-related nausea. There is a growing body of well-controlled research studies, but we still do not know all of the short-term and long-term benefits and risks of many herbs, let alone all of their active or beneficial ingredients. More and more studies are being conducted and questions are being answered.

To address this uncertainty, federal law states that herbs cannot claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure a condition or disease. Herbs may carry health-related claims about effects on the “structure or function of the body” or “general well-being” that may result from the product. This definition is very loose and gives rise to misleading health claims. Ultimately, the Consumer is responsible for checking their validity and avoiding products with fraudulent claims. See fact sheet 9.350, Nutrition Quackery

The best prescription for disease prevention is a healthy lifestyle. This includes a diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and low in fat. Physical activity also plays an important role. Finally, there is no data to suggest that herbs are more beneficial than conventional drugs for treating illnesses.

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