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From Immune Function and Cognition to Cardiovascular Health and Cancer Prevention – Health Benefits of Tea Revealed by Researchers from Across the…

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New Findings Behind the Science of Each Sip Released at Sixth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health

NEW YORK, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading nutrition scientists from around the world convened yesterday to present the latest evidence supporting the role of tea in promoting optimal health. With new findings from the international scientific community consistently lending credibility to tea's healthy properties, speakers at the Sixth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health provided a comprehensive update of recent research on the benefits of tea consumption on human health. As the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water, over 159 million Americans are drinking tea on any given day.

"There is a growing body of research from around the world demonstrating that drinking tea can enhance human health in many ways," said symposium chair, Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, an active Professor Emeritus in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. "True teas which include black, green, white, oolong, and dark can contribute significantly to the promotion of public health. Evidence presented at this symposium reveals results - ranging from suggestive to compelling - about the benefits of tea on cancer, cardiometabolic disease, cognitive performance, and immune function."

The Chemistry in Your CupTea contains flavonoids, naturally occurring compounds that have antioxidant properties. Tea flavonoids provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals which may damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids, and contribute to chronic disease. Tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that is for the most part, uniquely found in tea.

Tea and Immune Function"Tea may help support your immune system and increase your body's resistance to illnesses," says Dayong Wu, MD, PhD, Nutritional Immunology Laboratory in the USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. "In the event you do become sick, tea can help your body respond to illness in a more efficient way by ridding itself of the infection and may also alleviate its severity when they happen."

In a comprehensive review of the published data on this topic presented at the symposium, Wu concluded that green tea/catechins have been shown to help the host fight against a variety of pathogens by decreasing the pathogen's ability to infect the host and helping the host's immune system spring into action. Green tea/catechins have also been shown to improve autoimmune disorders by promoting self-tolerance, suppressing autoantigen-induced inflammatory attacks, and enhancing tissue repair.

Tea and Cognitive FunctionWhen it comes to cognitive function, it turns out tea may offer significant benefits. "There is strong evidence that tea and its constituents seem to be beneficial under conditions of stress. The most profound cognitive domain that tea seems to act upon is attention and alertness," explains Louise Dye, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Behaviour at the University of Leeds. "With these effects on attention, tea is an optimal beverage of choice during a time of elevated stress and burnout worldwide."

In her review of published research on this subject, Dye revealed that evidence from randomized controlled trials supports the conclusion that tea consumption can produce short term acute beneficial effects on attention measured by objective tests such as the attention switching test and on subjective reports of alertness. Studies consistently show beneficial effects of a high dose of L-theanine, together with a lower dose of caffeine, on attention task performance. These findings indicate that the unique combination of caffeine and L-theanine that is found in tea can improve attention.

Tea and the Prevention of Cognitive DeclineWith no effective drug treatments for dementia, prevention is key. It is estimated that 40 to 50% of dementia could be prevented through changes in lifestyle factors. In a review of published research on tea and cognitive decline, Jonathan Hodgson, PhD, Professor at the Institute for Nutrition Research at Edith Cowan University, explains that "there is growing evidence that as little as 1 to 2 cups of tea daily could significantly reduce risk of vascular dementia and potentially Alzheimer's disease."

Recent high-quality data from long-term, prospective cohort studies indicate that higher intakes of tea starting at as little as 1 cup daily and up to 5 to 6 daily are associated with reduced risk for dementia. Data from these studies also find that moderate intakes of the flavonoids present in tea are associated with reduced risk for cognitive decline. Maximal benefits of tea may be obtained from as little as 2 to 4 cups per day, with little additional benefits with higher intakes. Results of these studies also suggest that the protection provided may be strongest for protection against vascular dementia, one of the most common forms of dementia.

Tea and Cancer PreventionIn examining existing data on tea and cancer prevention, higher intakes of tea consumptions may reduce the risk of some cancers. There is evidence that tea flavonoids may act via antioxidant, anti-angiogenesis, and anti-inflammatory mechanisms as well modifying the profile of gut microbiota. Tea is a beverage rich in flavonoids, which are bioactive compounds with several anticarcinogenic properties in experimental studies. Suggestive evidence indicates tea consumption may reduce risk of biliary tract, breast, endometrial, liver, and oral cancer.

"While more research needs to be done to determine the exact dosage, the conclusion we can share is that higher intakes of tea consumptions may reduce the risk of some forms of cancer," says Raul Zamora-Ros, PhD, Principal Investigator at the Unit of Nutrition and Cancer at IDIBELL.

Tea and Cardiovascular HealthCardiometabolic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, are the number one cause of death worldwide, and tea consumption may be inversely associated with adverse cardiometabolic outcomes, according to results from population studies. Based on an extensive and variety of scientific research designs, 2-cups of unsweet tea per day has the potential to mitigate cardiometabolic disease risk and progression in adults.

In an extensive review on cardiovascular health and tea, research demonstrated each cup of daily tea consumption was associated with an average 1.5% lower risk of all-cause mortality, 4% lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality, 2% lower risk of CVD events, and 4% lower risk of stroke events.

"When you look at all the different biomarkers and mechanisms that tea is affecting, this bountiful beverage is one which consumers can easily add to better their diet and create a healthier and longer life for themselves," explains Taylor Wallace, PhD, Principle and CEO at the Think Healthy Group and a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University.

Tea and Dietary GuidanceTo support the growing evidence of tea as a health promoting beverage, clearer recommendations are needed in the current US dietary guidance. "There may be other herbals and botanical products that can deliver health benefits, but none of them are as systematically studied as Camellia sinensis true tea," says Mario Feruzzi, PhD, Professor and Chief of the Section of Developmental Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "With true teas white, green, black and oolong - you're dealing with thousands of years of traditional use, 60-70 years of systematic study which, in the last 15-20 years, has ramped up to the point where we have very definitive data."

Dietary guidance will provide more accurate and relevant direction for consumers in the context of the diversity of tea and other flavonoid containing foods.

Sixth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human HealthThe Sixth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health was co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, American Institute for Cancer Research, American Nutrition Association, American Herbal Products Association, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. To download the media kit please click here.

About the Tea Council of the USA:The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the promotional arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is the dissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The Tea Council does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings to bring tea researchers from around the world together to share key information and identify next steps for future research projects; and working with health organizations and international scientists to disseminate information about potential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.

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10 Delicious Smoothie Ingredients Dietitians Say Will Boost Your Longevity – Well+Good

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We drink smoothies for all kinds of reasons, from downing a ton of heart-healthy forms of fruit (plus protein) when were on-the-go to optimizing post-workout recovery. What we put in those smoothies, however, can have a major impact on our health and, more specifically, our longevity and vitality.

No matter what reason you might have for firing up your blender, youll benefit from the health-boosting properties that come with tossing in the below dietitian-recommended smoothie ingredients for longevity.

Blueberries are all-around powerhouses, so it makes sense that these delicious high-fiber berries work to boost longevity. They protect our cells from damage, decrease inflammation, and slow age-related changes to our brain, says JuicePlus+ nutrition expert Kim Dalzell, PhD, RD. Participants in a 2012 study who ate the most blueberries and strawberries delayed their memory decline up to two and a half years compared with those who did not report eating berries. In another study, healthy people aged 65 to 77 who drank wild blueberry juiceequal to one and a quarter cups of fresh blueberriesfor 12 weeks had improved blood flow to the brain and better working memory, she says.

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Melissa Rifkin, MS, RD, CDN notes that in order for a smoothie to be a well-balanced meal option, it needs to provide sufficient protein. Greek yogurt accomplishes just that while also providing other essential nutrients, like calcium and probiotics. Calcium is synonymous with bone health and even plays roles in blood clotting and muscle contractions, says Rifkin. Bone development and changes are constant throughout life, and calcium is one of the essential nutrients in supporting bone integrity. Depending on your protein needsand your flavor and texture preferencesone half to a full cup of Greek yogurt can be added to your smoothie.

We dont often think of beans as smoothie staples, and thats a shame. Many people who live in the Blue Zones (the regions of the world that are home to the longest-living people) have been found to eat a half cup to a full cup of beans everyday. Beans contain plant-based protein, heart-healthy fiber, iron, folate and antioxidants, says Ilana Muhlstein, MS, RDN, creator of 2B Mindset and 2B Pregnant for Beachbody. One could add white beans to a smoothie with vanilla bean, or black beans to a smoothie with pure cocoa powder.

Another popular Blue Zones food is nuts. Most people who live in the Blue Zone regions eat about two ounces, roughly two handfuls, of nuts per day, says Muhlstein. Nuts are packed with protein, fiber, and important minerals like magnesium, selenium, and iron.

If youre going to be whirling up a smoothie, Muhlstein recommends swapping out processed fruit juice and, instead, opting for both water and fresh or frozen fruit. This will make the beverage more hydrating and fiber-filled. Water is the most commonly consumed beverage among the Blue Zones where people drink about seven glasses per day, says Muhlstein. Adding a bit of water to a smoothie can help prevent that tedious need to stop and stir an overly thick concoction from forming inside your blender, too.

Spinach is extremely nutrient-dense and can boost longevity. Researchers have found that older adults with high blood levels of carotenoidsfound in leafy greenshad longer telomeres, which is the protective end caps on chromosomes, says Dr. Dalzell. Younger adults experienced similar results; those with the highest carotenoid levels had telomeres five to eight percent longer than those with the lowest carotenoid levels. Dr. Dalzell goes on to explain that "current studies suggest that longer telomeres might decrease the risk of chronic diseases, like cancer, and lead to a longer life.

Dr. Dalzell notes that substances that occur naturally in soy can help fight heart disease, osteoporosis, and skin agingall associated with age-related declining estrogen levels. Researchers found adults who consumed 25 grams of soy protein per day for six weeks significantly decreased levels of LDL cholesterol. Daily intake of 38 grams of soy improved bone mineral density and reduced fracture risk in perimenopausal women. Try adding silken tofu to smoothies to reap the benefits above (it'll add tons of plant-based protein to your beverage, too).

Digestion can slow as we age, and prunes are a great way to add gut-boosting fiber to your diet. In addition to improving regularity, researchers have found that adults who consume 80 grams of fiber-rich prunesequal to five or six prunesper day have higher levels of bifidobacteria," says Dr. Dalzell. "This a form of healthy bacteria in the gut that help crowd out undesirable bacteria associated with the aging process. Prunes are also exceptionally high in antioxidants, making them powerful cell protectors."

This naturally sweet smoothie add-in packs plenty of health benefits. Bee pollen serves as an antioxidant to promote cellular health, and it is also thought to boost the immune system, relieve inflammation, and boost liver health, says Rifkin. Consider adding up to two tablespoons of bee pollen to your smoothie for these longevity-boosting benefits.

Every smoothie needs some type of liquid to blend the ingredients togetherand if you dont want to go for water, Rifkin loves using green tea. Plus, when compared to water, it will provide a number of added health benefits," she says. "For instance, it contains powerful antioxidants to support your cellular health and may even contribute to mental alertness and protecting your body against heart disease and cancer. Depending on your preferred smoothie texture, she suggests adding around a cup of green tea in your next smoothie.

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Arthritis: Green tea may help ‘block’ the production of molecules that cause joint damage – Express

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The Arthritis Foundation says green tea is packed with polyphenols, antioxidants believed to reduce inflammation and slow cartilage destruction. It states: Studies also show that another antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) blocks the production of molecules that cause joint damage in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

The Cleveland Clinic says food is medicine so if you are struggling with pain from arthritis, eating foods that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties along with any drugs or other treatments your doctor recommends may help.

The arthritis can refer to more than 100 conditions characterised by joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common. It is an autoimmune condition, meaning the immune system misfires and attacks the joints.

A particularly bad bout of rheumatoid arthritis can make it hard to perform even basic tasks, but there are proven ways to alleviate symptoms.

The NHS says: Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.

The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists. There may be periods where symptoms become worse, known as flare-ups or flares.

A flare can be difficult to predict, but with treatment it's possible to decrease the number of flares and minimise or prevent long-term damage to the joints.

The health body says some people with rheumatoid arthritis also experience problems in other parts of the body, or more general symptoms such as tiredness and weight loss.

It says: Make an appointment with your doctor if you have persistent discomfort and swelling in your joints.

The Association of British Dieticians says the most important relationship between diet and arthritis is weight.

It states: Excess weight can make some specialist medications ineffective, may increase disease activity and delay remission.

If you are carrying more body weight than you should, try and lose the excess weight by combining healthy eating with regular exercise.

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COVID-19 and antibiotic resistance: What is the link? – Medical News Today

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Over time, bacteria and other microorganisms can evolve resistance to antimicrobial drugs, which include antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics. This makes common infections increasingly hard to treat and potentially fatal.

In 2019, 1.2 million people died from antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) infections worldwide, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the annual death toll will increase 10-fold by 2050.

Overprescribing of antibiotics and poor infection control promote the development of drug resistance.

There have been concerns that increased antibiotic use to treat secondary infections associated with COVID-19 has accelerated the development of AMRs, but direct evidence has been lacking.

According to a new U.S.-based study, the pandemic increased the rate of hospital-acquired AMR infections compared with pre-pandemic levels.

The authors reported their findings to this years European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), which took place April 23rd April 26th in Lisbon, Portugal.

The researchers compared the rate of AMR infections in 271 U.S. hospitals between July 1, 2019, and February 29, 2020, with the rate between March 1, 2020, and October 30, 2021.

The total number of hospital admissions increased from 1,789,458, in the pre-pandemic period, to 3,729,208 during the pandemic. The number of admissions with at least one AMR infection was 63,263 and 129,410, respectively.

Overall, the AMR rate was 3.54 per 100 admissions before the pandemic and 3.47 per 100 admissions during the pandemic.

However, the rate was 4.92 among patients who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

Among those who tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 the rate was 4.11, whereas the rate was 2.57 among those who did not receive a test.

The researchers also investigated if the patients developed their infection before or after they were admitted to the hospital.

They defined infections that were cultured in the hospital lab 2 days or less after admission as community-onset, and those cultured more than 2 days after admission as hospital-onset.

There was a decline in the community-onset AMR rate, from 2.76 before the pandemic to 2.61 during the pandemic.

Among patients whose infection began in the hospital, however, the AMR rate increased from 0.77 to 0.86.

The hospital-onset AMR rate was highest among those who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, at 2.18 for every 100 admissions.

This is probably a reflection of multiple factors during the pandemic, including the potential higher severity of illness for COVID-19 patients, longer hospital length of stay, and infection control and antimicrobial stewardship practices, particularly early in the pandemic, said one of the authors, Dr. Karri Bauer, a pharmacist working with the pharmaceutical company Merck.

Dr. Bauer told Medical News Today that as the pandemic proceeded, clinicians gained a better understanding of which patients were at risk of developing bacterial infections.

It is always important that infection control and antimicrobial stewardship are optimized to minimize hospital-associated infections, said Dr. Bauer.

It is imperative to continue to evaluate AMR and determine strategies to mitigate this global health threat, she added.

Dr. Aaron E. Glatt, chair of the department of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Mount Sinai South Nassau in Oceanside, NY, said he believes a surge in antibiotic prescribing in hospitals during the pandemic contributed to the increase in resistance.

There are potentially long-term consequences if this is not addressed, said Dr. Glatt, who was not involved in the study.

Certainly, our knowledge of COVID-19 has tremendously improved and it is not necessary to normally prescribe antibiotics for the treatment of new COVID-19 infection, he told MNT.

He added that other factors probably contributed to the increase in resistance during the pandemic, including longer hospital stays, and secondary bacterial and fungal infections in patients with severe COVID-19.

High use of steroids and other immune-suppressing agents may also have played a part, said Dr. Glatt.

I think there are many lessons that physicians can learn from this pandemic that could mitigate resistance development in future outbreaks, he said.

Physicians should not prescribe antibiotics when there is no clear evidence that they are needed or beneficial, said Dr. Glatt, who is a spokesperson for the Infectious Diseases Society of America:

[W]hile it is very difficult to watch and do nothing for a very sick patient, sometimes it is actually preferable to do nothing than to provide inappropriate therapy because you are desperate. A basic rule of medicine remains Primum non nocere first, do no harm.

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‘Brain food’: Can eating certain things help prevent dementia? – The Irish Times

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Walnuts can improve cognitive function. Blueberries can boost memory. Fish oil supplements can lower your risk of Alzheimers disease.

You may have noticed these buzzy brain food claims scattered across online health articles and social media feeds. But can certain foods or diets really stave off or prevent dementia?

Experts say that while nutrition studies are notoriously challenging to carry out, there is a compelling and ever-growing body of research that does suggest that some foods and diets may offer real benefits to an aging brain. So we spoke with two dozen researchers and pored over the research to better understand the links between diet and dementia.

Scientists dont yet know for certain what causes Alzheimers disease, the most common form of dementia. And there is currently no medication that can reverse it, said Dr Uma Naidoo, the director of nutritional and metabolic psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and the author of, This Is Your Brain on Food. But, she said, we can impact how we eat.

Research shows that people with certain conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are more likely than those without such conditions to experience age-related cognitive decline. And the risks of developing those conditions can be increased by poor diet and a lack of exercise, suggesting there are things you can do to lower the chances of developing dementia, Dr Naidoo said.

Two diets in particular, the Mediterranean diet and the MIND diet both of which encourage fresh produce, legumes and nuts, fish, whole grains and olive oil have been shown in scientific studies to offer strong protection against cognitive decline.

One study, published in 2017, analyzed the diets and cognitive performance of more than 5,900 older US adults. Researchers found that those who most closely adhered to either the Mediterranean diet or the MIND diet had a 30 to 35 per cent lower risk of cognitive impairment than those who adhered to these diets less closely.

Pretty much anything that will help keep arteries healthy will reduce risk of dementia, said Dr Walter Willett, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Dr Ronald Petersen, a neurologist and the director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimers Disease Research Center, agreed: Whats good for the heart is good for the brain.

One big change you can make to your diet, Dr Naidoo said, is to up your plant game. Leafy greens are packed with nutrients and fiber, and some solid evidence has linked them with slower age-related cognitive decline.

In one randomised controlled trial performed in Israel and published this year, for instance, researchers took brain scans of more than 200 people who had been split into three diet groups. They found that after 18 months, those who followed a green Mediterranean diet one rich in Mankai (a nutrient-packed green plant), green tea and walnuts had the slowest rate of age-related brain atrophy. Those who followed a traditional Mediterranean diet were close behind. Those who followed regular healthy diet guidelines which was less plant-based and allowed for more processed and red meat than the other two diets had greater declines in brain volume.

These neuroprotective effects were especially pronounced in people 50 and older.

The more colorful the produce on your plate, the better the food usually is for your brain, several experts said.

In one observational study, researchers followed more than 77,000 people for about 20 years. They found that those with diets high in flavonoids natural substances found in colorful fruits and vegetables, chocolate and wine were less likely than those who consumed fewer flavonoids to report signs of cognitive aging.

The MIND diet specifically points to berries, good sources of fiber and antioxidants, as having cognitive benefits. One study published in 2012 looked at more than 16,000 people aged 70 and older for more than a dozen years. It concluded that older women who ate more blueberries and strawberries had delayed rates of cognitive decline: perhaps by up to 2.5 years.

I dont think there are miracle foods, but, of course, its really good to eat the fruits and vegetables, said Dr Allison Reiss, a member of the medical, scientific and memory screening advisory board at the Alzheimers Foundation of America.

Many types of seafood, in particular fatty fish, are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been long associated with better brain health and reduced risk of age-related dementia or cognitive decline.

Fish is brain food, said Dr Mitchel Kling, the director of the memory assessment program at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

One specific omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA found in cold-water, fatty fish, like salmon, is the most prevalent brain fat, said Lisa Mosconi, the director of the Alzheimers Prevention Program at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Our bodies cannot make enough DHA on their own, Dr Mosconi said. We have to provide it from the diet, which is a strong argument toward eating fish.

According to Dr Willett, about two to three servings per week will provide virtually all the benefit.

Nuts and seeds have been repeatedly linked to slower cognitive decline. In one 2021 review of 22 studies on nut consumption involving nearly 44,000 people, researchers found that those at high risk of cognitive decline tended to have better outcomes if they ate more nuts specifically walnuts. However, the authors acknowledged some inconsistency among the studies and inconclusive evidence.

Another study, published in 2014, looked at about 16,000 women ages 70 and up between 1995 and 2001. Researchers found that women who said they consumed at least five servings of nuts per week had better cognitive scores than those who did not eat nuts.

Whole grains, as well as legumes, like lentils and soybeans, also appear to have benefits for heart health and cognitive function. In one study of more than 200 people in Italy aged 65 and older, researchers found an association between consuming three servings of legumes per week and higher cognitive performance.

And olive oil, a main component of both the Mediterranean and MIND diets, has strong links with healthy cognitive aging. One 2022 study of more than 92,000 US adults found that higher intakes of olive oil were associated with a 29 per cent lower risk of dying from neurodegenerative disease and 8 per cent to 34 percent lower risk of mortality overall when compared with those who never or rarely consumed olive oil.

According to the experts we spoke with, there is little to no evidence that dietary supplements including fatty acids, vitamin B or vitamin E will reduce cognitive decline or dementia. Supplements cannot replace a healthy diet, Dr Mosconi said.

One major study of about 3,500 older adults, for instance, concluded that taking omega-3 supplements, which are often marketed as supporting brain health, did not slow cognitive decline.

When it comes to supplements like fish oil, Dr Willett said, you dont need to load up like a seal. Instead, Dr Petersen, of the Mayo Clinic, said, remember this pithy adage: If it comes from a plant, eat it. If its made in a plant, dont eat it.

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Not all beverages are bad for diabetes patients. Hibiscus tea, cinnamon drinks keep blood sugar in check – Economic Times

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If you are a diabetes patient, then your cup (literally) has to be filled with conscious choices of beverages that do not affect your blood sugar levels. Therefore, you have to always steer clear of sugary drinks, caffeinated concoctions, certain fruit juices and even syrups. However, do you know if teas should be in your diet and how might they impact your health?

While not all teas are good for you, there are a few which may be able to help your health, and keep your diabetes under control. Heres a list of four such teas that you must embrace (with your doctors permission ofcourse) and add some flavour (and colour) to your life, without disturbing the delicate balance of sugar in your blood.

Hibiscus Tea

Black Tea While you cannot dream of adding sugar to your tea if you have diabetes, you can continue to have your English Breakfast or Earl Grey without any worry. These teas fall in the category of black tea which is considered to be good for diabetic patients because it has blood sugar lowering qualities. It is also rich in antioxidants and can reduce the blood sugar in pre-diabetic individuals. According to a study conducted in Thailand, it was found that black tea is a promising anti-diabetic tea which can control the glycemic levels.

Chamomile TeaApart from promoting a good nights sleep, this tea is great for the overall well being of diabetic patients. It not only regulates blood sugar level, but also helps in reducing oxidative stress, which leads to several diabetes related complications. Studies have shown that it also reduces HbA1c and insulin levels in diabetic patients.

Cinnamon Tea Cinnamon is a versatile spice and has many uses, but cinnamon tea or any other cinnamon infused drinks are also not devoid of benefits. Studies show that having this tea before taking in sugar solutions, decreases blood sugar levels. According to another study, 6 grams of a cinnamon supplement daily for 40 days is likely to reduce pre-meal glucose levels in non-diabetic patients too. This spice is said to slow down the release of glucose in the blood stream improving cellular glucose, and insulin sensitivity.

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Skin Care for Rosacea: 7 FAQs About Ingredients, How To, and More – Healthline

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Rosacea is a chronic condition that typically causes facial skin, especially around the cheeks, to blush or flush more easily.

Along with discoloration, rosacea can also cause visible blood vessels, as well as swelling, skin thickening, and textural changes to your skin.

People living with rosacea may have a hard time building an effective skin care routine because this condition can make your skin more sensitive to many common ingredients, says Jeffrey Hsu, MD, a board certified dermatologist and founder of Oak Dermatology.

Whats more, since rosacea can cause a stinging and burning sensation, your skin may be more prone to irritation from certain skin care ingredients.

Ultimately, the best way to manage and improve rosacea involves working with a dermatologist, who can offer support with:

That said, if you dont have the opportunity to consult a dermatologist, you might have some questions about caring for rosacea-prone skin. The guide below can help you develop a rosacea-safe skin care routine at home.

Theres no cure for rosacea, but Hsu says the right skin care products can help minimize symptoms.

Once you identify what ingredients trigger rosacea flare-ups and remove them from your routine, you may notice significant improvements in your skin.

Not only that, but after eliminating products with harsh ingredients, you can replace them with products that boost hydration and strengthen your skin barrier two things particularly important in rosacea treatment, according to Cybele Fishman, MD, a board certified dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology PC.

Not taking care of your skin which could mean under- or over-washing, neglecting to moisturize, or skipping sunscreen can make rosacea worse, says Michele Green, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist in private practice.

Choosing skin care products with these specific ingredients may help relieve and calm rosacea symptoms:

If you have rosacea, or suspect you might have rosacea, you may want to avoid skin care products with the following ingredients:

These ingredients can irritate your skin and they might make rosacea symptoms worse.

According to Wood, retinoids like tretinoin may also worsen rosacea, causing increased skin dryness, flakiness, and discoloration. Its always a good idea to check with a dermatologist before using retinoids.

Cannabidiol (CBD), which is extracted from the cannabis plant, has also drawn attention as a potentially beneficial skin care ingredient, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Authors of a 2020 review acknowledged that CBD may prove helpful for strengthening the skin barrier, which is impaired in most people with rosacea. To date, though, not much research has explored the benefits of applying CBD topically.

Hsu notes that more studies are needed to confirm whether CBD can actually help treat rosacea and if so, how much CBD you should apply to get these benefits.

The following signs might suggest that a skin care product is making your rosacea worse, according to Wood and Green:

Whenever you introduce a new product into your routine, dermatologists strongly recommend doing a patch test first to check how your skin reacts.

Just keep in mind that patch testing doesnt offer a failproof way to test for sensitivity. Even if you dont have a reaction in a patch test, the skin on your face may react differently to that product.

The skin on the face is thinner and more sensitive than skin elsewhere on the body, like the inner arm where most patch testing is done, says Green. However, patch testing is still a great means to assess whether or not a skin care product will likely cause a reaction.

Whats more, while patch testing can help identify allergies, it doesnt always identify all possible unwanted reactions.

You can have a negative patch test to an ingredient and experience irritation from it, Fishman explains.

Overall, dermatologists agree that less is more when it comes to caring for rosacea-prone skin.

Using too many products, products with too many ingredients, or washing your face too frequently, can all damage your skin and increase sensitivity and irritation, says Hsu.

These general tips offer a place to start developing your skin care routine:

Sunscreen is a must for everyone. But if you have rosacea, youll want to take particular care to apply (and reapply) sunscreen each and every day.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, just several minutes of sunlight exposure can trigger redness and flushing.

Green recommends using a fragrance-free, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Mineral-based (physical) sunscreens, like those with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, are less likely to cause irritation than chemical sunscreens, like those with avobenzone or oxybenzone.

Learn more about the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens.

A 2020 study considered 2,783 Chinese participants: 1,245 with rosacea and 1,538 without rosacea.

Study authors found that certain habits appeared closely linked to developing rosacea, including:

While the study focused on skin care practices that could lead to rosacea, these habits could worsen symptoms, too.

Its not always possible to manage rosacea symptoms on your own.

If you notice your symptoms getting worse, even after youve made changes to your skin care routine, Wood recommends connecting with a board certified dermatologist.

A dermatologist can offer more support by:

Learn more about what dermatologists do.

Many dermatologists have adopted telemedicine platforms to better serve people searching for more accessible healthcare options.

Your insurance may cover a virtual visit, says Hsu, but if it doesnt, or you dont have insurance, some dermatologists offer a reasonable out-of-pocket cost for a consultation.

Managing rosacea starts with building an effective skin care regimen. Dermatologists advise keeping your routine as simple as possible: Use a gentle non-foaming cleanser once or twice a day, follow up with moisturizer, and apply SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen daily.

As you adjust to your new skin care routine, pay attention to your rosacea symptoms. If they start getting worse or dont improve within 2 to 4 weeks, consulting a dermatologist is a good next step.

Rebecca Strong is a Boston-based freelance writer covering health and wellness, fitness, food, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has also appeared in Insider, Bustle, StyleCaster, Eat This Not That, AskMen, and Elite Daily.

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Are Acai Bowls Healthy: Nutrition Info and Recipes – Greatist

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Nutrition info for the berries themselves is limited, but in general, acai bowls contain antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and other key nutrients.

Foodies across the globe tout acai bowls as a delicious and nutritious favorite. But are these beautiful bowls of joy actually good for you?

Whether youre a lifelong acai bowl lover or just excited to try out that new juice bar that opened up in your neighborhood psst your rent is about to go up weve got you covered. Heres everything you need to know about acai bowl nutrition.

The simple answer is kinda? Acai berries have lots of health benefits thanks to their high antioxidant content. Think of antioxidants as raccoons scavenging free radicals from your bodys cells to reduce your risk of conditions like heart disease and cancer.

Nutrition info for the berries themselves is limited. The USDA only lists details for products containing acai. With that in mind, acai bowls are typically good sources of:

Theyre also good sources of fiber, so they can keep you feeling full for longer and might make your poops more regular. Oh, and a 2021 animal study showed that acai berries can have a positive effect on your blood pressure. But we need more research to know for sure.

So, all in all, they def deserve their superfood status. The downside? Acai bowls are sugar bombs. Eating one every day might increase your blood sugar levels or result in weight gain. Theyre also not great if youre on a low carb diet like keto.

A 6-ounce serving has:

Keep in mind that this nutritional info is for a single serving. Lots of store-bought bowls come in much larger portions that can contain 600 calories or more. They can also reach super high sugar levels, depending on the toppings.

The star ingredient in acai bowls is (surprise!) acai berries. These grape-like berries grow on the acai palm tree, which is native to the rainforests of Brazil. You can blend the berries into a sorbet-like consistency for the base of an acai bowl.

Once you build the base, you can add a bountiful array of your favorite toppings. Some popular options include fresh fruit, peanut butter, chocolate chips, sweetened coconut flakes, honey, and other things that youd find at a 4-year-olds birthday party.

The final product is refreshingly cold, creamy, and (usually) sweet AF.

Its a good idea to avoid acai berries or any other plant in the Arecaceae family if you think you may be allergic. They can trigger irritation in the colon and intestinal tract, causing gnarly diarrhea and other digestive issues. So, prob not the best food for a bike ride on a first date if youve never tried them before. (Trust us.)

P.S. Right now, there isnt enough research to show that eating acai bowls on the reg is healthy if youre pregnant, breastfeeding, or a child, so definitely consult your healthcare professional before you add these to your diet.

Acai bowls can get pretty pricey. Plus, managing portions might be tough when you order in a rush or from a restaurant. Also, licking the inside of the bowl hits differently when you dont have a bunch of judgy strangers staring at you.

Heres how to make an epic acai bowl at home.

There are lots of good reasons to go to town on acai bowls. Theyre loaded with antioxidants and are decent sources of fiber. You might want to go easy on the toppings and portion sizes, though. The average store-bought acai bowl contains 600 calories or more, plus a ton of sugar and carbs.

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Six delish coolers to beat the heat this summer – The Week

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The path of high summer is laden with finely cracked ice floating with sprigs of mint. We have come a long way since sherbet ruled the roost as the ultimate summer cooler. While brands and dainty brunches with bellinis cannot replace the refreshing cold condensation of a glass of aam panna or lemonade, here are the newest summer saviours from our favourite drinking companies.

ABSOLUT MINI

Premium vodka brand Absolut has launched Absolut Mini across three variantsMandarin, Citron and Raspberri. Petite and glassy with fruity colour splashes, the 200ml bottles will give consumers an opportunity to experiment and discover their palate for flavoured vodka. Absolut Mini will be available across Delhi, Gurugram, Goa, Mumbai, Noida and Hyderabad.

STRANGER & SONS PERRY ROAD PERU

Inspired by the humble and seasonal pink perus (guavas) that line the streets of Mumbai twice a year, Stranger & Sons, one of Indias leading gin brands, found the perfect muse to capture the citys spirit. Fresh, balanced and luscious, it has a flamboyant pinkish hue and makes for a breezy, effervescent sundowner. This limited edition cocktail is the perfect union of the potent peru and the nine Indian botanicals in Stranger & Sons gin. Pour it over ice in a rock glass or top with tonic in a highball, served with a spiced rim. Perry Road Peru launched across the country this year, covering Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Delhi, Rajasthan and Goa.

MAVIS GINGER ALE

Named after cofounders Mashi and Vikram, the Pune-based startup began with brewing Kombucha and has now diversified into kefir, beetkvass, sauerkraut tepache and kimchi. But one of its most interesting products to hit the market is the ginger ale in four flavours including hibiscus, rose and turmeric. While most commercial ginger ale companies use carbonated water with sugar or high fructose corn syrup with either natural or artificial ginger flavouring, MAVIs uses organic root ginger naturally fermented over the course of days with zero preservatives. Each batch is made from scratch, retaining the full beneficial bacteria spectrum, and has a richer, deeper and more intense flavour. The flavouring is done with dried flower petals and spices.

JADE FORESTS NEW ICED TEA RANGE

Jade Forest, a premium non-alcoholic beverage brand that has witnessed recent success by creating unique and refreshing drinks in fast-growing categories, has just dropped their brand new range for iced teas in three exciting flavours. Developed in conjunction with flavour specialists based out of Denmark, these iced teas are packed with antioxidants and real fruit juice. Perfect for the summer months ahead, these iced teas are naturally low in calories and sugar and make use of black tea, green tea and infused hibiscus tea in variants called Berry Blush, Floral Rush and Citrus Crush.

SVAMI SALTED LEMONADE

Svami, a leading brand in the non-alcoholic beverages, especially low-cal tonic water, announced the Svami Salted Lemonade in March. With that, Svami has reinvented one of Indias all-time favourite drinksthe sweet and salted fresh lime. Give your drinks a nimbu twist with this versatile mixer and add some jazz to the regular tequila, gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, beer or be brunch-ready with lemonade mimosas and cold brew coffee lemonade. Svami Salted Lemonade has a balanced sweet and sour taste with a hint of salt that appeals to the contemporary palate.

BIRA 91S IMAGINED IN INDIA

Bira 91, one of the fastest-growing premium beer companies, launched Imagined in India, a portfolio of four new limited-release beersBollywood IPA, Kokum Sour, Brown Ale and Mango Lassicrafted with local ingredients to tickle the Indian taste buds. Imagined in India is inspired by the raw creativity of todays India led by artists, entrepreneurs and startups.

The Bollywood IPA is loud, flavourful and vibrant with a tropical twist, inspired by West Coast IPAs that were born in California. Kokum Sour complements the Indian summer by combining the traditional ingredient from the Konkan coast and the affinity of the Indian palette towards sour flavours. On the other hand, Brown Ale is a blend of English nut brown ale and the Antwerpian amber with strong notes of coconut and vanilla. And finally, Mango Lassi, which is gaining the maximum traction, merges Bira 91s flagship Wheat Ale and a milkshake beer into one flavourful bomb. Bira 91 re-launched the popular taproom in Bengaluru with a beer line-up of 14 flavours.

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The best rose perfumes to spray on this season – Good Housekeeping

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Look around you and chances are you'll find something touched by the rose - be it in a gloriously scented candle, rose perfumes, or even a trellis of colourful climbers. With a history dating back over 35 million years, it's fair to say that roses have an enduring appeal.

The scent of roses has inspired perfumers for centuries. Because provenance greatly influences the quality, notable French brands such as Dior, Chanel and Lancome either have exclusive suppliers or their own rose fields. Even though you may not be drawn to obviously rose-y fragrances, your favourite could potentially have the flower nestled somewhere in it.

"Roses have a natural chemistry that affords us a whole landscape of smells: citrus, green, fruity, floral, spicy and beyond," says Pia Long, perfumer and co-founder of candle brand Boujee Bougies (a perfume is in the works). "A hidden dose of rose absolute adds a honeyed richness. I love to enhance its fruit or tobacco facets."

Our love for roses show no sign of slowing down. The flower is Google UK's most searched fragrance ingredient in the past year, with over 50,000 searches each month. And the newest crop of modern rose fragrances offers something for everyone, whether your tastes run to the luminous and airy or something thornier, darker and altogether more Gothic. Theres never been a better time to stop and smell (and wear) the roses.

Keep on reading to discover spring's latest rosy launches along with the rose perfumes the GH beauty team are spritzing this season.

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This elegant, sharply-dressed rose is a hit with John Lewis customers, according to the store's fragrance buyer, Lily Starling.

"Rose never seems to go out of style. It is constantly being reimagined, keeping it relevant and allowing us to re-discover it in new and exciting ways," she tells GH.

If you gravitate towards scents with a generous dose of earthy patchouli and glowing rose petals, this scent will have you swooning.

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Imagine a stroll through the Rose Garden of Blenheim Palace on a sunny spring day, in your best broderie anglaise dress complete with puffy sleeves, and you get Mmoire de Roses.

Juicy mandarins add a sparkling glint to this floaty, airy scent. If you're looking for something that sits easily on skin, this is it.

Beauty Editor Fleur Fruzza is an advocate for fragrance wardrobing (switching your scents seasonally or by occasion) and you'll find her spritzing Stella every spring.

"When the Stella EDP first launched in 2003, rose fragrances hadnt had their renaissance yet they were still quite unfashionable. And Stella EDP was the scent that changed all that," says Fleur.

"I now wear the EDT. It is rose, but shot through with bright light and modernity really luminous and warm and beautiful. I buy it every May to time with rose season!"

If you like your scents with an uplifting zing, Delicious Rhubarb and Rose will hit the spot.

Freshly-squeezed yuzu citrus and grapefruit lend a fizziness to the opening, while a heart of tart rhubarb leaf balances the sweet drydown of musk and vanilla.

British-brand Parterre is a prime example of 'slow perfumery', a thoughtful approach that considers the ingredient's provenance, ethical sourcing and environmental impact. Key ingredients for its fragrances are grown and distilled at the brand's Keynestone Mill botanical estate (it's also open to the public).

For A Tribute To Edith, co-founder Julia Bridger longed to capture the vibe of Jazz Age nightclubs. "It's sophisticated, it's rich, it's glamorous. But it's also slightly edgy and not too sweet," she tells GH.

In it you'll find Keynestone Mill's geranium oil which has the velvety sumptuousness of rose but with a green-citrusy pop.

Miss Dior is a sherbety floral featuring roses grown on land originally belonging to Christian Dior's sister, Catherine. Along with peony and iris, this joyful spritz perfectly captures the optimism of spring.

For a sun-drenched rose, look no further. Light Blue Italian Love is perfumer Olivier Cresp's ode to summer days in Capri.

This perfume opens with sparkling lemon and crisp Granny Smith apples before revealing a subtle floral bouquet of white roses. A woody base of vetiver and sandalwood keeps things from veering too saccharine.

Rose, spice, and everything oh-so-nice. This contemporary, slightly mineral take on rose by perfumer Cline Perdriel plays up the spicy facets of the Damascena rose using sage, pink peppercorn and hints of leather.

"It's a rugged rose in a well-worn biker jacket," says beauty writer Medina Azaldin. "It's beautiful, but far from pretty, which is exactly what I love about it."

Zara

This splashy perfume is a cooling tonic on a sweltering hot day thanks to refreshing green tea, zingy pink pepper and soft white musk.

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Melrose Place is the freshly laundered perfume equivalent of an L.A-dwelling, green-juice-guzzling, Pilates devotee. Its laidback, nonchalant vibes makes it a perfect fit for the office, too, as it doesn't interfere with someone else's space.

"While Im not usually a floral devotee, champagne, peonies and amber make this subtle and sparkly rose the perfect companion for transitioning into spring," says beauty intern Katie Withington.

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If you could bottle the scent and feeling of inhaling the fruity waft of fluffy, soft pink, English shrub roses in full bloom, this would be it.

Lychee and blackcurrant lend a sparkling fizz to this dewy rose fragrance. Spray liberally, and bask in the loveliness.

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