Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Green Tea’s EGCG Boosts Immunity, Fights Inflammation

by John Phillip

The Chinese have known the healing power of green tea for generations. Many believe that the unprocessed tea leaves can help to prevent or even cure many chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer and dementia.

Volumes of scientific evidence now provide compelling proof that the active polyphenol found in () has the power to increase the number of regulatory immune support T-cells. T-cells play a crucial role in the suppression of autoimmune diseases including the terminal condition ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Research published in the journal Immunology Letters demonstrates that regular consumption of green tea can help your innate immune system to operate at peak efficiency to fight invading pathogens.

Green Tea Polyphenols Fight Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune diseases occur as the result of an imbalance in the immune system that results in the body mounting an attack against itself. Immune T-cells are critical in providing a defensive shield that can protect against cancer proliferation and a host of diseases where the body recognizes healthy cells and organs as foreign. T-cells also help to control systemic and can dampen the inappropriate response to normal cells seen in autoimmune conditions.

Scientists conducting this study found that EGCG found in green tea was responsible for a significantly higher number and frequency of regulatory T-cells found in the spleen and lymph nodes, helping to control the immune response. They found that EGCG did not directly affect the genetic DNA, but did influence gene expression that determines how the genetic material is switched on or off as a response to food consumption. Epigenetic regulation is a rapidly emerging science that explains the extensive health benefits seen with a natural diet.

EGCG From Green Tea Extinguishes Inflammatory Flames, Prevents Cancer Development

Emily Ho, associate professor and research author from the Oregon State University Department of Nutrition commented with reference to EGCG, “This appears to be a natural, plant-derived compound that can affect the number of regulatory T-cells, and in the process improve immune function.” Researchers found a dual role for green tea polyphenols include boosting T-cell production and fighting cellular inflammation. Both mechanisms are critical in fighting conditions exacerbated by chronic inflammation such as cancer and heart disease as well as autoimmune disorders.

Studies that involve regular consumption of naturally occurring foods and extracts are rapidly mounting to explain the importance of the foods we eat on our genetic health. Genes are expressed immediately following each meal and directly influence the progression of disease and the prevention of most chronic conditions.

Researchers conducting this study concluded, “Epigenetic regulation can be potentially exploited in generating suppressive regulatory T cells for therapeutic purposes, and is of significant clinical importance for the suppression of autoimmune diseases.” Although this study did not publish the dietary equivalent of green tea used to achieve their results, similar studies have recommended consuming 2 to 4 cups of green tea daily or 500 mg of a standardized EGCG extract for optimal health benefits.


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Monday, August 29, 2011

Kush Boys Say Green Tea in Chronic Ice “Hemp Iced Tea” is Good Medicine

Kush Boys Worldwide say the public should take note of recent studies that indicate green tea, one of the key ingredients in Chronic Ice “Hemp Iced Tea,” has medicinal qualities—especially for fighting cancer. Consumption of green tea has been linked to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and lowering the occurrence of diabetes and the growth of cancer cells. Recent studies even indicate that the more green tea people drink, the better their health.

“Green tea contains antioxidants that can improve people’s overall health,” said Jamal Weathers, one of the Kush Boys. “It is often used to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, help people lose weight and even fight cancer.”

There are three main varieties of tea: green, black and oolong. The difference is in their processing. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that inhibit the formation of free radicals—those compounds in the body that alter cells, meddle with chromosomes, and contribute to the formation of cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Antioxidants in green tea neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

A recent study of 500 Japanese women with breast cancer found that increased green tea consumption reduced recurrence, and studies in China indicate that the more green tea participants drank, the lower their risk of developing stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and colorectal cancer.

In addition, a recent analysis of 22 studies that probed the correlation between high tea consumption and reduced risk for lung cancer concluded that by increasing consumption of green tea by two cups a day, people can reduce the risk of developing lung cancer by 18%.

In a study that involved 500 Japanese men and women, researchers found that drinking at least four cups of green tea every day may be related to the reduced severity of coronary heart disease among the male participants. A Dutch study of more than 3,000 men and women found that the more tea consumed, the less severe the clogging of the heart's blood vessels, especially in women.

"We think it’s important for people to know that good choices in everyday food and beverages we consume can make a difference to their health,” said Yanovsky.

For more information about Chronic Ice or Kush Boys Worldwide, call (888) 557-3332.

About Kush Boys Worldwide
Kush Boys Worldwide is a Los Angeles-based company committed to pursuing ventures that benefit a demographic they call the new-age pop culture. Current projects include the online animated series Master Kush; an eco-friendly clothing line for the urban demographic called Kush Couture Lifestyle Apparel (KCLA); an all-natural iced health tea made with hemp known as Chronic Ice; the natural male enhancement supplement Sir Rock; and Kush Boys Studios.

Kush Boys is now launching a number of lifestyle products, such as Chronic Ice and KCLA clothing, to satisfy the needs of a demographic they call the new-age pop culture.


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Obesity, Blood Pressure, Smoking May Shrink Your Brain

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Obesity, Blood Pressure, Smoking May Shrink Your Brain

by Claire Shefchik

Obesity, smoking and other risk factors can actually cause your brain to shrink in middle-age, leading to mental decline later in life, a UC-Davis study found.

The study's authors gave 1,352 middle-aged participants brain scans over the course of decade, while also measuring their body mass and waist circumferance and giving them diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol tests.

Participants who were obese at middle age had faster declines in tests of executive function, and also showed a drop in brain volume. Diabetes and smoking led to shrinkage in the hippocampus area of the brain. Researchers also noticed growth in vascular brain damage in those with high blood pressure and diabetes.

Catherine Roe, an assistant professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said these results don't prove the risk factors caused brain shrinkage.

But, Roe said, "We know smoking and being overweight are bad for other parts of your health. This is just one more reason to get these things under control."

The study appeared Aug. 2 in Neurology. Dr. Charles DeCarli, the study's author, called the results "a no-brainer." He noted that the study focused on generally healthy participants, and didn't reflect the even larger health and obesity problems seen in certain areas and populations of the United States.


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