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Trip to China March 14 – 28, 2019

Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park

After a good night’s rest on March 17, 2019, woke up and ate a lovely breakfast. After breakfast, we were shuttled to a Tea Tasting Ceremony at the Yangtze River Park in Yibin near the site where two rivers form the Yangtze River.

It was a little drizzly so we got ponchos, but I did not wear one. Since I was one of the VIP’s we got nice close seating to the festivities. There were dance numbers, different stories and myths, water transported by a drone to tea tasting ceremony, and a grand spectacle.

Afterward, I was given a formal invite to speak with tea gardens to sell their tea from China and abroad.  This is where I met some Nepali people (fellow vegetarians so I followed them through the buffet) they had a person tell them what was vegetarian and what was not.

 

Walking to Yangtze River Park for the Tea Tasting Ceremony.

Tasting some tea from the local vendors before the ceremony

There also were a few dance numbers.  Below is a picture of the drone carrying water from the Yangtze River to be used in the tea ceremony shown in the second to last picture. The last picture is me and my tea. It was refilled with water several times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea 

Another article from the Speciality Tea Institute.    Most people know that green tea has health benefits. I have been telling people for a bit about Japanese green tea and it’s health benefits.  Most people do not realize how many different green teas are in Japan and are just starting to realize it’s health benefits. Other green teas are healthy too and have different characteristics. This post mentions The Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzo saying “Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage”.  It also focuses on Japanese green teas. If you have a high quality Japanese green tea that is brewed properly it is very tasty and very healthy for you too.  I have quite a few Japanese green teas that just arrive less than a month ago here.

I have written many articles on the health benefits of green tea.

Tea found to prevent fat storage in the liver, lower blood glucose

Tea found to prevent fat storage in the liver, lower blood glucose

Pretty good article about the latest study on fat storage and lowering blood glucose levels. Might have to start drinking more black tea.  I want to thank the Specialty Tea Institute for providing me and other people this article. It is one of the advantages of becoming a certified tea specialist. I probably will mainly stick to Oolong and Green teas, but always knew that black tea had benefits too. This article proves some of its benefits.

Green tea promotes healthy teeth and gums

Green tea promotes healthy teeth and gums 

This article talks about the health benefits of green tea and how it is important to Chinese and Japanese culture.  This article deals with a study in the Journal of Periodontology talking about the green tea’s promotes healthy teeth and gums. The article is really good and pretty thorough though I assume the published study goes in depth with medical terminology. Yet again another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute.

If you are looking for quality Chinese or Japanese green teas I have a nice selection here.

I have written many blog posts on the health benefits of green tea.

Can Green Tea help reduce the risk of cancer?

Can Green Tea help reduce the risk of cancer?

This article oversimplifies the different types of tea. They forgot white, aged, yellow, and purple teas. This article goes over what the last post mentioned that green tea helps with weight loss, liver disorder, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. It also goes over traditional Chinese and Indian medicinal uses for treating wounds and controlling bleeding, for aiding in digestion and regulating the body temperature.  It mentions that green tea may help breast cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, and colorectal cancer. The article continues with the last post that green tea’s polyphenols are most likely the reason for helping reduce certain cancers with catechins especially EGCGs. It goes into how green tea helps with brain function; fat burning; lowering the risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s; dental health; Type 2 diabetes;  and cardiovascular disease. Overall a decent article that focuses on green tea and goes over polyphenols, catechins, EGCG, l-theanine, antioxidants, and caffeine.

Another great article from the Specialty Tea Institute. I have written many articles on the health benefits of green tea. I have many high-quality loose leaf green teas to buy here.

6 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Everyday

6 Benefits of Drinking Green Tea Everyday

This is a really good article about the health benefits of drinking green tea. I like how they explain why you should drink green tea daily. It is very easy for the layperson to understand.  The benefits are being more productive, long-term brain protection, helps to burn fat, improves heart health, lowers cancer risk, and improves mood.  For the explanations please read the article.

If this article inspires to drink green tea or reminds you that you need to order more green tea please follow the link to order here

This article was found by the Speciality Tea Institute.

Why Green Tea Lovers also Share Love for Black Tea

Why Green Tea Lovers also Share Love for Black Tea

A nice article shows the health benefits of black and green tea. Some common elements of both teas protect your heart,  boost your brain function, the presence of EGCG in black tea(though not as much as green tea), and beneficial theaflavins in black tea. The article also into some other health benefits too. In the end, it suggests that someone should drink what tea they like best, which I agree. Both are healthy though some different benefits and many similar. There is one drawback to tea for some. It is the caffeine. Caffeine can be beneficial to some and some people cannot have it at all. Yet another great article found by the Specialty Tea Institute.

 

Why Are Polyphenols Good for You?

Why Are Polyphenols Good for You?

Green tea is high in polyphenols, especially flavonoids and phenolic acid. The reason polyphenols are good for you is they help reduce cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurogenerative diseases. Polyphenols are antioxidants that repair free radical damage and also reduces Type 2 diabetes, inflammation, obesity, and heart disease. This is a well-researched article that I got from the Specialty Tea Institute.  The article also goes into other foods that are high in polyphenols too.

Green tea can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer

Green tea can help reduce the risk of prostate cancer

This article is for all the men and for ladies who have men in their life, aka pretty much anyone. The article states that 80% of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the time they are 60 years old. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men. This is a really short article and does not state the percentage of drinking a couple cups of green tea can help reduce prostate cancer, just that it can. I do not doubt it can help with prostate cancer, but was hoping on a percentage of or another nominal amount especially since it states 80 % and 2 cups of green tea a day.

Nutrition: The health benefits of tea

Nutrition: The health benefits of tea

This is an article from the Irish Times. I find it funny how some people I know in the USA who really like Ireland like coffee. I have met some people who are into Ireland in the USA that like tea too, but for some reason, I know more coffee drinkers who are Irish everything, but tea. Just seems interesting is all. According to Statistics Portal Ireland is the second largest drinkers of tea in 2016, with Turkey having the highest consumption. Most information has Ireland either second or third place for tea consumption, so they really are heavy tea drinkers. I mention this because the article starts with if Ireland had a national drink it would be tea.

Oh on to the article, lol. This article is a lighter read talking about some health benefits or green tea. It does a good job. It also mentions that black tea does have health benefits too. I do like that they mention if you are drinking tea for health reasons you should skip the milk. When people think of the Irish drinking tea they probably think of a black tea with milk in it.