• L-Theanine primes immune cells that fight infection

    Nov 13, 2009
    L-Theanine is a non-protein forming amino acid that is extracted from the tea plant. L-Theanine is used in the daytime for improving stress and nervousness and at night with higher doses to improve the quality of sleep. Catechins are the antioxidants in the Green Tea plant.
  • Uricosuric effect of Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) in kidney stone formers

    Nov 12, 2009
    The herb Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) was investigated for its ability to reduce uric acid crystals in the urine (uricosuric effect). Nine subjects with no history of renal stones (non-renal stone, NS) and nine with a history of renal stones (RS) was used in this study. A cup of tea made from 1.5 g of dry Roselle calyces (the outside portion of the flower) was provided to subjects twice daily (morning and evening) for 15 days.
  • White Tea inhibits enzymes that breakdown the body's collagen and elastin and it is also a very powerful antioxidant

    Nov 11, 2009
    Scientists at the School of Life Sciences , Kingston University in London examined the ability of 21 plants to inhibit the enzymes collagenase and elastase. Collagenase breaks down the body's collagen and elastase breaks down the body's elastin. Elastin is a protein in connective tissue that is elastic.
  • Low Magnesium intake, a common occurrence in the USA, leads to bone loss

    Nov 10, 2009
    Researchers from the USC Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles , the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica and the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte reviewed the evidence showing that a lack of the mineral Magnesium leads to osteoporosis and fracture. Magnesium (Mg) has many jobs in the body and it is the second most abundant intracellular cation where it plays an important role in enzyme function and trans-membrane ion transport. Mg deficiency has been associated with a number of clinical disorders including osteoporosis.
  • Green Tea Extract may prevent the formation of mouth cancers in people with risk signs of the disease

    Nov 09, 2009
    According to the American Cancer Society, more than 35,720 are expected to be diagnosed with oral and/or pharyngeal cancer this year and the five year survival rate is less than 60%. Quitting tobacco and limiting alcohol intake sharply reduce any risk of oral cancer, even after many years of use. Leukoplakia is a white patch that can develop in the mouth.