Tea tree genome contains clues about how one leaf produces so many flavors
The most popular varieties of tea -- including black tea, green tea, Oolong tea, white tea, and chai -- all come from the leaves of the evergreen shrub Camellia sinensis, otherwise known as the tea tree. Despite tea ' s cultural and economic significance, relatively little is known about the shrub behind the tea leaves. However, the first draft of the tea tree genome may help explain why tea leaves are so rich in antioxidants and caffeine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

How Tea May Help the Brain
Tea has been soaring in popularity, especially among those looking to boost metabolism or anyone wanting a java-free caffeine kick. Meanwhile, researchers have been exploring the possible benefits of tea for mental health and cognition. While the term "tea" can be broadly applied to any infusion of herbs, fruit, flowers, or leaves, for the purposes of this article, we're going to focus on true tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant. Tea contains many plant polyphenols, catechins, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals, and while they're usually associated with boosting metabolism and warding off cancer, in fact, they may b...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amid Pollution Problems, China's Health Food Industry Blossoms
At first glance, the World Health Store seems like any other health nut’s paradise: Shelves are cramped neck-high with supplement bars, whey protein for bodybuilders, Nature’s Bounty Evening Primrose Oil and Navitas Naturals Chia Powder. But this is Beijing, and the store that used to serve almost entirely a health-conscious foreign clientele now has so many Chinese customers that they’re nearly outnumbering foreigners. “Questions around the safety of water, food and air in China have made people much more health-conscious,” says Howard He, a store manager. That growing fear of China’s dangerously dirty enviro...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news