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Archive for the 'Tea' Category

Benefits of green tea to control blood sugar

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Diabetes-tool-box2-150x150Researchers in Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, evaluated the effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity. (more…)

Complementary treatments for osteoarthritis

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Former Medical Director, of the Rosenthal Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, at Columbia University Medical Center, in New York City, Dr. James Dillard, reviewed the evidence.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

First study of Yerba Mate for osteoporosis

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Drinking Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) tea is popular in Argentina and other South American countries.

Researchers at the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, measured effects of Yerba Mate as part of a program for osteoporosis prevention and treatment in postmenopausal women. (more…)

Prevalence of supplement and tea use among infants

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Researchers in Ohio and Maryland describe the use of dietary botanical supplements and teas among infants. (more…)

Red tea doesn’t lower blood pressure

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Cochrane reviewed the effect of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) on blood pressure in hypertensive adults. (more…)

Effects of herbals on warfarin therapy

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Researchers at the University of Hong Kong, in China, studied the risk for an herbal:warfarin interaction in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. (more…)

Drinking green tea and the risk of depression

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Green tea reportedly has various beneficial effects (eg, anti–stress and anti-inflammatory).

Japanese researchers conducted the first study designed to assess the relationship between green tea and depressive symptoms in a community population. (more…)

Review: Botanicals to reduce skin aging and wrinkling

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Prof. Ernst tells us, “Although topical creams and other anti-aging products purport to reduce the appearance of aging and skin wrinkling, there has been no critical analysis in the scientific literature of their effectiveness.”

Get ready. (more…)

Review: CAM for infantile colic

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Almost all babies go through a fussy period. When crying lasts for longer than about 3 hours a day and is not caused by a medical problem (such as a hernia or infection), it is called colic.

Prof. Ernst and colleagues evaluated nutritional supplements and other complementary and alternative medicines. (more…)

Black tea, green tea, and the risk of heart disease

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Researchers at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, in China, reviewed the association between tea consumption and the risk of coronary artery disease (narrowing of the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart). (more…)

Effects of green tea in obese breast cancer survivors

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Being overweight after breast cancer treatment may increase a woman’s risk for recurrent disease.

Researchers at the University of Arizona, in Tucson found that there are benefits from drinking green tea, but weight loss isn’t one of them. (more…)

Coffee, tea, and cardiovascular risk

Monday, December 6th, 2010

In some cases the risk depends on how much you drink each day.

Researchers in the Netherlands report the risk of morbidity and death from stroke and coronary heart disease (CHD), and for mortality due to any cause. (more…)

Use of CAM in patients with head and neck cancer

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Researchers at the National University of Singapore surveyed the use of CAM in residents of Singapore who had head and neck cancer.

Here are their findings compared to other countries where similar studies have been conducted. (more…)

Should you trust supplements to lower cholesterol levels?

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Researchers from Concord Hospital, in New Hampshire reviewed the evidence and graciously provide us with succinct conclusions.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Preventing prostate cancer progression with green tea

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Men with prostate cancer who consumed the active compounds in green tea demonstrated a reduction in test results that predict prostate cancer progression, according to researchers at LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, in Louisiana. (more…)

Green tea and the bortezomib interaction

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

During the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, scientists from the University of Southern California reported that green tea might reduce the effect of bortezomib (Velcade), which is used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. (more…)

Effectiveness of CAM in diabetes

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Diabetes tool boxResearchers at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario reviewed the evidence for improved control of diabetes in type 2 diabetes mellitus. (more…)

Activity of green tea extract in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

During the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and Minnesota will present the results of a study of Polyphenon E in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients.

The primary active ingredient in Polyphenon E is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is extracted from a green tea. This drug is approved by the FDA to treat genital warts and being studied in several cancers. (more…)

May is arthritis awareness month

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Researchers from Bethesda North Hospital Pharmacy, in Cincinnati, Ohio reviewed the evidence for using supplements to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (more…)

Reviewing “energy shot” products

Friday, May 7th, 2010

The American Botanical Council (ABC) has published a 40-page review of an emerging new product and market category called “energy shots.” The report focuses on shots sold mainly in the United States and the United Kingdom. (more…)