Tea Mail – December 2003

green-ball.gif The Big Health News in November
During the month, the results of different studies from Illinois, California, Australia and China have all shown more support for tea’s benefits in fighting liver, breast, pancreatic, colon, esophageal and lung cancers.

However, the most striking news of the month was a study suggesting that an active ingredient in green tea can slow or even halt the HIV infection process. The University of Tokyo study found that the ingredient, an antioxidant called EGCG, prevents the AIDS virus from binding to infection-fighting T-cells and killing them.

“The T-cell is the sparkplug of the immune system,” said Dr. William Shearer of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who is doing a follow-up study on EGCG. “The HIV virus sticks to it and kills it. That’s what causes the trouble.” Shearer said the finding could open the door to using EGCG to augment the drug cocktail that AIDS patients take.

Green tea is made up of antioxidants called catechins, the most abundant of which is EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate. The study was published in the November edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Study shows tea leads to cancer prevention
The Daily Illini, Nov 13 2003Turns out that mom was on the right track when she said herbal tea was good for you — a recent study from the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois has linked herbal tea to cancer prevention.

Elvira DeMejia, assistant professor in food science and human nutrition, headed the research. The experiment was conducted over a period of more than nine months on two groups of rats. Both groups were given a carcinogen that would cause liver cancer. The rats in group one were the control group and drank only water and those in group two only drank fresh green tea.

At the end of the study, the rats in group one had cancer tumors in the liver, whereas the rats in group two had no tumors, DeMejia said. She is continuing the research to find specifically what mechanism in the tea is preventing the cancer. “Green tea is excellent,” said DeMejia, because it has more antioxidants. She drinks green tea or black tea every day.

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Green Tea may slow down HIV
New York Post Online, Nov 11 2003
A new study suggests that the active ingredient in green tea halts the HIV infection process. The University of Tokyo study found that the ingredient, an antioxidant called EGCG, prevents the AIDS virus from binding to infection-fighting T-cells and killing them.

“The T-cell is the sparkplug of the immune system,” said Dr. William Shearer of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who is doing a follow-up study on EGCG. “The HIV virus sticks to it and kills it. That’s what causes the trouble. “Shearer said the finding could open the door to using EGCG to augment the drug cocktail that AIDS patients take.

Green tea is made up of antioxidants called catechins, the most abundant of which is EGCG, or epigallocatechin gallate. The study was published in the November edition of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

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Green tea could protect against cancer
Health & Age, 5 Nov 2003Reported by Susan Aldridge, PhD, medical journalist

Green tea could have specific effects against cancer cells, according to a new study. The health benefits of green tea have long been promoted – from lowering cholesterol from fighting infection. Now researchers at Menlo Park, California, reveal how synthesized analogs of the active ingredients of green tea can react with cancer cells.

The main ingredient of green tea is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) which has already been linked with reduced risk of breast, pancreatic, colon, esophageal and lung cancers in humans.

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Green tea reduces cancer risk
The Age, 5 Nov 2003

Drinking green tea can dramatically reduce the risk of men contracting prostate cancer, a study by Australian researchers has discovered. The new study, carried out by scientists at Perth’s Curtin University and Zhejiang Cancer Hospital in China, discovered men who drink green tea daily have one-third the risk of prostate cancer compared with non-tea drinkers. The habitual drinking of the tea over many years can reduce the risk even more, according to the study to be published in the International Journal of Cancer.Professor Colin Binns, from Curtin’s school of public health, led the Australian side of the study along with researchers Dr Andy Lee and Le Jian. Dr Lee said the beneficial effects could also be enhanced because the Chinese tend to drink their tea pure. “Experimental findings show the antioxidants in the green tea are slightly more than in other types.”

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November was a very busy month here at Seven Cups; our President, Austin Hodge, and his wife and resident Seven Cups Tea Master, Zhu Ping, toured the best tea farms in China and finalized several deals that have been years in the making.

We are proud to announce that we will soon be supplying new teas that are not only the very best in the world, but are also genuinely legendary! We have clinched exclusive deals with two farms in particular that we are very excited about: the original pioneering farm of the world famous Lapsang Souchong black tea; and the farm where white tea was first grown, which is also the home of the world’s oldest white tea tree.

The nature of the Chinese tea exporting system has resulted in the total absence, outside China, of many of the very best teas… until now. Teas of this quality are rightly regarded as the champagnes of the tea world, and we are elated to be associated with these famous farms and master tea growers. Subscribe to the Seven Cups Newsletter and be the first to find out when these amazing teas will be available.

green-ball.gif Latest China visit a huge success!
On our November trip to China we also finalized deals for more superb varieties of tea that will soon be joining the Seven Cups range. These include fantastic Oolong and Puer teas, as well as some great new Jasmine Pearls. All of these new teas will be available on the American market early in 2004. Three additional varieties should be available to buy on this website by the end of December 2003.

The results of our unique contacts with Chinese tea growers, and many years of negotiating, were emphasized by the impact that these groundbreaking deals had in China – Austin appeared on TV five times, and made countless radio and newspaper interviews.