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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Green Tea: The New Chicken Soup?


With flu season beginning, it's comforting to know that there are simple dietary additions that can assist us in staying strong and healthy.

Multiple studies in recent years have proven what naturopathic doctors have known for centuries: green tea is a powerful immunostimulant capable of preventing the flu, easing its symptoms and shortening its duration.

Studies done in 2005 and 2007 from Yonsei University in South Korea examined the effect of tea catechins on the influenza virus and found that the antioxidant compounds strongly inhibited absorption of three strains of the common flu, in addition to one strain of avian flu: "EGCG and ECG were found to be potent inhibitors of influenza virus replication in MDCK cell culture and this effect was observed in all influenza virus subtypes tested, including A/H1N1, A/H3N2 and B virus." The latter study concludes that supplementation with green tea catechins "may complement the limitations of current antivirals and assist in managing influenza."

In 2007, the University of Florida studied the effect of green tea on flu symptoms and duration. Among the flu-infected subjects who supplemented with green tea, there was a 32% reduction in the number of subjects who felt any symptoms at all, and among those who did experience symptoms, a 35% reduction in the length of time the symptoms were present. A possible reason? Those taking the green tea experienced a 28% increase in the production of gamma delta t cells, powerful antigens that fight foreign invaders in the body such as viruses.

Finally, a 2003 study from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada found green tea effective in fighting adenovirus infections. Some common adenovirus infections include tonsillitis, ear infection, croup, and in small children, gastroenteritis, or the stomach flu.

A classic study by the National Institute of Health in Japan elaborates on the possible mechanism by which green tea is able to stop the flu in its tracks: "Tea polyphenols bind to the haemagglutinin of influenza virus, inhibit its adsorption to MDCK cells, and thus block its infectivity." This refers to the process by which the influenza virus uses surface proteins to clump together our red blood cells, forming a substance called haemagglutinin; and this process - necessary if the virus is to thrive - can be halted if the polyphenols in green tea bind to the clumped cells. Essentially, the polyphenols prevent the virus from "settling down" inside us.

Conclusion: Don't be a gracious host to the flu virus. When added to a balanced lifestyle, green tea can assist you in maintaining health and strength throughout the most immune-challenging time of the year.


Antiviral Res. 2005 Nov;68(2):66-74. Epub 2005 Aug 9.
Antiviral effect of catechins in green tea on influenza virus.
Song JM, Lee KH, Seong BL.
Department of Biotechnology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University, 134, Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749, South Korea.

Antiviral Res. 2007 Nov;76(2):178-85. Epub 2007 Aug 1.
Biological evaluation of anti-influenza viral activity of semi-synthetic catechin derivatives.
Song JM, Park KD, Lee KH, Byun YH, Park JH, Kim SH, Kim JH, Seong BL.
Department of Biotechnology, College of Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.

J Am Coll Nutr. 2007 Oct;26(5):445-52.
Specific formulation of Camellia sinensis prevents cold and flu symptoms and enhances gamma,delta T cell function: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Rowe CA, Nantz MP, Bukowski JF, Percival SS.
Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32611, USA.

Antiviral Res. 2003 Apr;58(2):167-73.
Inhibition of adenovirus infection and adenain by green tea catechins.
Weber JM, Ruzindana-Umunyana A, Imbeault L, Sircar S.
Departement de Microbiologie et d'Infectiologie, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Sherbrooke, Que, Sherbrooke, Canada J1H 5N4.

Antiviral Res. 1993 Aug;21(4):289-99.
Inhibition of the infectivity of influenza virus by tea polyphenols.
Nakayama M, Suzuki K, Toda M, Okubo S, Hara Y, Shimamura T.
Department of Virology and Rickettsiology, National Institute of Health, Tokyo, Japan.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Viva Herbals at Health Freddom Expo June 12 -14, 2009

Join Viva Herbals at the Health Freedom Expo:
Dates: June 12-14, 2009
Friday - 10am to 7pm
Saturday - 10am to 7pm
Sunday - 10am to 6pm
(Exhibit Hall opens at 11am each day)
Location: Chicago, Illinois - Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Viva Herbals at New Life Expo March 27 - 29, 2009

Join Viva Herbals at the Hotel New Yorker (located at 481 8th Avenue at 34th Street) for the New Life Expo on March 27-29, 2009 @ booth 209 M.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chi Tea at The Conscious Life Expo 2009

Please stop by and visit Chi Tea at The Conscious Life Expo February 13 - 16, 2009 at the LAX Hilton. We will be at booth 85.

For more information, please visit: conscious life expo

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The Chi Tea Green Tea Weight Loss Program

How to Lose Weight and Gain Energy by Harnessing the Power of Green Tea!


Numerous studies have proven that green tea is a weight-loss powerhouse. The Chi Tea Weight Loss Program amplifies that power by the addition of Ener-Chi, a natural energy elixir filled with fatigue-blasting vitamins and herbal extracts, which also contains a metabolism-revving arsenal of ingredients proven to fight fat. When coupled with a wellness plan that includes nutritious foods and physical activity, The Chi Tea Weight Loss Program can assist you in reaching your optimum weight. Let's discuss these proven benefits of the Chi Tea Weight Loss Program.

Green tea is the superstar of the Slim Chi Weight Loss Program. The Ultimate Green Tea Extract is the purest green tea you can find: it is 100% free of herbicides, pesticides, fluoride, sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and one cup of its concentrated formula is the equivalent of 12-15 cups of health-giving green tea. The weight-loss properties of green tea can be attributed to its effects on lipid metabolism as well as its thermogenic activity. A 2006 study at the University of Madras in India found that the administration of green tea extract decreased cholesterol, triglyceride, free fatty acid levels and lipoprotein lipase activity in the heart of diabetic rats. Lipase is an enzyme that allows fat to be broken down - if its activity is decreased, cholesterol and triglycerides are removed rather than stored. A 2003 study at Roche Vitamins in Basel, Switzerland, a 2006 study at the University of Hawaii and a 2007 study at the University of Connecticut further confirm green tea's lipid-lowering capabilities. In addition, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study at the University of Medicine in Berlin confirmed that EGCG, an antioxidant in green tea, has the potential to increase fat oxidation in men and may thereby contribute to the anti-obesity effects of green tea.

In relation to thermogenesis (heat production that leads to increased metabolism), green tea, by containing both catechins and caffeine, may promote thermogenesis through inhibition of certain enzymes (catechol O-methyl-transferase and phosphodiesterase). In addition, tea catechins have anti-angiogenic (enlarging of blood vessels) properties that may prevent the development of excess weight.

Another explanation for green tea's weight loss effect was found during a 2003 study at Kunsan National University in South Korea, in which the tea was found to inhibit fat storage in rats by reducing the digestibility of fat, and to a much greater extent, increasing adipose (fat) tissue thermogenesis through beta-adrenoreceptor activation. Beta-adreno is a receptor, or catalyst, within the sympathetic nervous system that increases glycogenalysis, or metabolism of sugars.

Ultimate Green Tea Extract promotes a healthy body that is ripe to receive the added benefits of Ener-Chi

Ener Chi is jam-packed with endurance-increasing vitamins and herbs for that extra "oomph!" while working out and completing your daily tasks. The formula contains ribose, an end product of glucose metabolism, without which energy production would not be possible. Lo Han fruit extract is added for natural sweetness; and guarana extract, containing guaranine, a gentle caffeine-like compound, is added to fight sluggishness sans the jitters of a grande latte.

Powerful adaptogens, or herbs that increase the body's ability to adapt to trauma, stress, anxiety and fatigue, are added to act as buffers against "the stress zone" in which cortisol floods the body and puts a lock on body weight. Eleuthero, also known as Siberian Ginseng, is an adaptogen that is used to assist Russian astronauts during rigorous training sessions. A 2008 study at Utrecht University in the Netherlands concluded that eleuthero promotes stress resistance and a longer lifespan. Also included is Panax (Asian) ginseng. A 2007 study done at the University of Chicago found that obese, diabetic rats fed Panax ginseng experienced a notable improvement in glucose tolerance as well as a significant reduction in body weight; while a 2007 study at The Hebrew University of Jersusalem found that rats on a high-fat diet experienced a reduction in weight gain when administered Panax ginseng. Ginkgo biloba, famous for its memory-protecting properties, is also included. Studies done in 2003 and 2007 at Goethe University of Frankfurt found that ginkgo biloba protects rats' mitochondria (the creators of energy in our cells) from degeneration, particularly in aging rats.

In addition to these vital adaptogens, Ener-Chi includes two important amino acids: L-carnitine and taurine. L-carnitine is a compound biosynthesized from the amino acids lysine and methionine. In living cells, it is required for the transport of fatty acids from the cytosol (internal fluid of the cells) into the mitochondria during the breakdown of fats for metabolic energy. A 2007 study at the University of Catania in Italy found that oral administration of L-carnitine to human subjects over a eight-week period produces a reduction of total fat mass, increases total muscular mass, and facilitates an increased capacity for physical and cognitive activity by reducing fatigue and improving cognitive functions. Taurine is a derivative of the amino acid cysteine. A 2004 study at Ibaraki Prefectural Institute of Public Health in Japan found that taurine increased rats' treadmill endurance from 25-50%.

Finally, no energy elixir would be complete without the all-important B-vitamins. Ener-Chi contains the full B-complex. Essential to the immune and nervous systems, and to healthy skin, hair and muscle tone, B-complex is also an actor in proper cell division and metabolism.

Ener-Chi, available in coffee and orange flavors, assists your body in adapting to daily stress, promotes the body's production of energy, and boosts your B-vitamin intake, so that you can lead the active lifestyle necessary for weight maintenance and long-term health. Remember: when you have more energy, you're active; and when you're active, you have more energy!

The Chi Tea Weight Loss Program is not just about shedding pounds - it's about gaining health. We know that supplementation with green tea can reduce the risk not only for obesity but also for heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.

The Chi Tea Weight Loss Program is most effective when combined with an overall wellness plan of health-giving foods and physical activity.

The Chi Tea Weight Loss Program utilizes green tea, vitamins and herbal extracts to beautify the body from the inside out. Ultimate Green Tea is a powerful health booster that increases metabolism and preps the body; and Ener-Chi provides the energy needed to sustain an active lifestyle, and accelerates weight loss with proven fat-fighters. It is a comprehensive program designed to peak your ability to reach an optimal weight. Remember: when your Chi is peaked, the body is naturally Slim!

Jessica Breen is certified as a Health Counselor by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Green Tea Information Health Videos Part 1 and Part 2

Chi Tea is proud to introduce our green tea health videos:

Green Tea Video Part 1

Green Tea Video Part 2

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San Juan Puerto Rico - Chi Tea Conference

Puerto Rico convention center
Feb 6 - 8, 2009

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