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Lung Chin Tea Health Benefits

Lung Chin tea is also known as Long Jin and Dragon’s Well tea. Lung Chin tea health benefits are well known to Chinese medicine practitioners. The western world is gradually waking up to the benefits of drinking this ‘Gong Cha’ (Imperial Tea).

This is a high grade green tea. The leaves are gently roasted early in the processing. This destroys the natural enzymes present in the lung chin leaves preventing oxidation of the chemicals contained within the leaves. These chemicals include vitamin C and polyphenols called catechins. Catechins are known to be antioxidants which are known to help the human body deal with a group of chemicals called ‘free radicals’. Free radicals react with DNA of cells and can cause cancer. Thus much research has been done to explore the possibility that Lung Chin tea can reduce the incidence of cancer.

Free radicals have also been implicated in heart disease. They can interfere with the normal functioning of the muscles of the heart leading to a cardiac arrest. Thus research has been conducted into the health benefits of Lung Chin tea in this context too.

In traditional Chinese medicine, Long Jin and other green tea is given as a stimulant, as a diuretic and also as an aid to digestion. Practitioners of TCM prescribe it to increase alertness and aid concentration – students studying for exams take note! Strangely, even though it appears to be a stimulant, it is also prescribed for headaches. It is used also to combat dizziness, which makes sense as that can be caused by low blood pressure and a stimulant could raise this.

Long Jin (Lung Chin) green tea image.

Whatever the truth in these limited studies and folklore, it is a source of Vitamin C and antioxidants and therefore Lung Chin tea could definitely benefit your health.

So don’t delay, visit our green tea page and grab yourself some of this marvellous drink before it is too late.

How to Increase Your Pesticide and Other Toxins Intake

Simple, drink Teavana and Celestial Seasoning teas!

Or at least if the reports are to be believed.

Almost 12 months ago, Glaucus Research, a Californian based corporate research company investigated the Teavana – Starbucks deal.

Their report was quite shocking.

It suggested that Teavana, suppliers of supposedly expensive high quality pesticide free teas were duping their customers. In their report, they claimed that pesticide levels were above both US and EU permitted levels in the majority of tested samples.

The report can be found here.

Additionally, they claimed that Teavana trained staff were also misleading customers by making claims that were untrue such as the teas being pesticide free and organic.

For a more in depth discussion, visit the Steepster site – http://steepster.com/discuss/3934-dangerous-levels-of-pesticides-in-teavana-tea

But Teavana are not the only large tea company implicated. Celestial Seasonings offer a wide variety of adulterated teas several of which were tested in a European independent laboratory and also found to be contaminated with pesticides. Despite this, Celestial Seasoning naturally deny it. You can find an interesting discussion on the www.metabunk.org site.

But why not play it safe and buy In Nature teas. Hand picked loose leaf teas as Mother Nature herself intended – http://www.innteas.com/organic-tea.php

Pure, organic tea.

Easy Green Tea Recipes

Green TeaDelicious, high in anti-oxidants and perfect for detoxing, we all know that Green Tea is considered a super-food, and with good reason! However, did you know that in order to retain maximum health benefits from this humble tea leaf, you should eat it in addition to drinking it? Here are our top tips for incorporating green tea into your meals!

Salads. A quick and easy way of ensuring you get your five a day, we particular enjoy a fresh salad during the summer months. For a unique twist, try sprinkling some green tea leaves such as Spring Green – Bi Luo Chun (Alpine Tea) on top for a delicious boost in anti-oxidants.

Stir-fry. As above, a delicious stir-fry is a quick and healthy meal. Once again, try stirring in some green tea leaves for an added boost and a unique and delicious taste!

Porridge. A fantastic way to start the day, instead of making your bowl with unhealthy cream or boring water, why not steep some green tea and make with this instead? An incredibly healthy breakfast, it can also be sweetened with a drop of honey for a special treat.

Smoothies. A popular treat, especially after a workout, add some tea leave to the blender next time you mix up this wholesome treat.

We’d love to hear your top tips!

Say NO to plastic!

We’ve previously explained how different teas suit different water temperatures, but did you know that different teas should also be made in different tea pots for maximum flavour? One thing is for sure though, you should never use plastic to drink your tea as it can ruin the superior flavour.

So what should you use? Use glass teapots and cups for green tea, porcelain for jasmine and ceramic for puerh. And for the true tea connoisseur, use a traditional Chinese teapot made from Yixing clay for black teas.  Jasmine tea is stunning when served to friends in the beautiful Mandarin’s Hall tea cup!

So remember, so no to plastic and get the most from your tea experience!

In Media!

Jasmine TeaWe’ve done it again! We’re proud of our tea and we are thrilled to confirm that we are featured in the Spring edition of Fine Foodies magazine, in an article about afternoon tea time.

We believe that no matter how stressful your day is, there is always time for a cuppa and the simple act of making a brew can be relaxing in itself.

Our Jasmine tea in particularly with its uplifting aroma is the perfect pick-me-up for a stressful afternoon. What will you try?

Spring Green – In Nature Tea of the Month

Image: Pure, organic Spring Green - Bi Luo Chun (Alpine Tea) from China. The words Bi Lo Chun translate literally to mean ‘spring snail shell’. The leaves are picked in the spring. Then, when you see this tea, you will notice that the leaves are rolled into small balls which resemble snail shells.

When brewed, this green tea produces a yellow-green colour, the fragrance is described as floral and it has a clean and smooth flavour with a sweet after taste.

Available for just £4.75 online from In Nature, this refreshing blend will aid detoxing and is the perfect way to begin the day. Purchase it this month and also receive a free Lotus Tea with your order.

April Promotion – Free Lotus Tea!

Slim Lotus TeaThis month, receive a FREE box of Lotus Tea with every order placed online at In Nature.

Naturally caffeine free, this refreshing tea assists detox and digestion and has also been used as a natural aid to slimming for the past 2000 years with no negative effects. Equally enjoyable as it is, or with a spoonful of honey added, why not treat yourself and receive a free box of this delicious blend?