Posts tagged ‘antioxidants’

Lose 10kg a Day by Drinking Tea! I am kidding of course =D

Happy New Year Tea Lovers!

Yep it’s that time of the year when we have increased a notch or three on our belts; we can’t see our feet for our tum tums, and our TV screens and our Facebook and Google Ads are inundated with advertisements telling us of the latest fad that will help us to lose 10kgs in a day.  The thing is, what I am here to tell you is that Tea is not the miracle cure that will help us to lose weight immediately.  With the amount of tea that I drink on a daily basis, I ought to be Victoria Beckham sized, but I’m not because I love my tea, I love my food but I just don’t like exercise so much!!

Tea does have a whole host of health benefits, but tea has to be consumed as part of a healthier lifestyle. Drinking tea alone and nothing else might help you to lose weight in the short term, but your body needs other nutrients, vitamins and minerals that it cannot gain from tea alone.  Besides, just drinking tea alone and not eating any food, will make you extremely ill.  I do not recommend it.

So what are the health benefits of tea?  I have delivered several tea note speaking gigs where I help to explain the various health benefits and I wanted to start by telling you about Antioxidants.  Or rather, this video will help to explain what they are and how they can help you if you incorporate tea as part of a healthier lifestyle.

May King Tsang - MayKing Tea Video

But what about the other health benefits of tea?  I created a slide presentation when I first arrived in Australia to explain the health benefits and I continue to use the slides to this day.  If you click on the picture below and then click on save to download this presentation, take a look at the notes underneath each slide, this will give you more information about antioxidants and the other health benefits that you can find in tea.

One of these days I will convert the presentation into a video series but until then, pop the kettle on, make a cup of tea, sit back, relax and read through the notes as you go through the slides.  I am sure that you will find them exTEAmely informaTEAve 😀

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As you can see, if you take the first letter of each of my top 10 tips, what do you get?  Why! MayKing Tea of course!!  Enjoy and Happy New Year tea lovers!

Many thanks to Kerrin Smith for the production of this video and others.

 

Antioxidants, Caffeine-Free Herbals and Eat for Your Life

It’s been a while since I’ve written in my blog and I must apologise.  I have been active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Meetup and Google+ to a lesser extent, but blogging, yes, I didn’t prioritise and make the time.  But I’m hoping to change all of that because many tea lovers will ask me private questions about tea and I’ve addressed these great questions and ought to share with the rest of the tea lovers in the world.

So yes, I promise to you readers that I will write regularly but in between those times, I do suggest you follow me on any of the Social Media links above and you can always post your questions there too and I’ll do my best to answer.

Okay, apologies over and now back to my original post.  I have many people asking me about herbal infusions and caffeine which you can read more about in the links that I’ve given.  Then I get asked what is my favourite herbal infusion and without a doubt it is one that I’ve discovered from Japan (via Taiwan and Minnesota :D)

This herbal infusion is called Ashitaba.  I won’t tell you the ins and outs of it as you can read more about Ashitaba Herbal Info here.  What I like about this herb is that aside from the compelling studies that the leaflet has alluded to, many of my customers have said that it has made a difference to their lives.  From helping them to sleep better, alleviating them from their pain to “I just like having a caffeine-free beverage before I go to bed”., it is a beverage that mimics all of the health benefits of tea but without the caffeine.  That is the best thing about this herbal.

4. Health Properties of Tea with May King Tsang

It has been placed in a teabag (and I have always advocated that not all tea bags are created equal 😀 ) because the company want to protect its patent on the roasting technique that has been applied to this herbal but the material used to make the teabag is fully compostable and not bleached.  Win for tea lovers susceptible to the effects of caffeine and a big win the the environment.

So there we have it.  My herbal of choice is called Ashitaba and I’m one of those tea lovers that drink this tea not because of the whole host of health benefits it has, but because I like the roasted taste of this caffeine-free beauTEA.  I hope you enjoy it.

P.S. I was privileged to have attended Alison Taafe‘s book launch on Saturday 21st September at Scrumptious Reads.  Alison talks about antioxidants (which is present in tea and also in the Ashitaba Herbal) and the importance of cooking well in order to eat better and feel better.  Her book is inspired by the journey she shared with her sister in battling cancer and is an inspirational story.  Do please check out her book with some aMAYZing recipes.  You won’t be disappointed.

Why Green Tea is so popular

After my last blog post about oolong tea, I was then asked on Facebook, but what about green tea?  Again, if you were to type green tea into a search engine, you will be inundated with websites but here is just a short summary of what they might say:

  • I talked about antioxidants in my last blog post and green tea is no exception.  Green tea is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful antioxidant.   EGCG is said to be at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence.You may have noticed that extracts of green can be found in anything from deodorants, shower gels, perfumes to creams.  The antioxidant properties of green tea and extracts found in anti-aging creams is no coincidence.
  •  I’ve also mentioned in my daily tea tweets, that green tea can even help prevent tooth decay!  It contains antibacterial properties to kill the bacteria that causes dental plaque, bad breath and the natural presence of fluoride in green tea also helps to prevent tooth decay and strengthens your teeth and gums.
  • Contrary to popular belief drinking tea is hydrating and therefore by drinking green tea (or any other tea type) you are helping your body to maintain a healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress which is often caused by dehydration.
  • Just like oolong tea, green tea can stimulate your metabolism, and can be effective if incorporated into a healthier eating plan.

But as I’ve mentioned in my previous post.  It’s not just about the health benefits of tea.  Good quality loose leaf green tea when brewed correctly shouldn’t taste bitter but there are a wide variety flavours for you to choose from.  From a grassy vegetal taste of a Sencha, the freshness of an Anxi Bai Cha to the nuttiness of a Dragonwell.