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The anti-inflammatory properties of tea extracts, especially that of green tea has been tested to reduce the duration of radiation-induced skin damage by up to 10 days in patients who received radiation treatment.

In a recent study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine, Frank Pajonk, from the University of California in Los Angeles, USA, and colleagues from the University of Freiburg, Germany also show that in human white blood cells in culture, green tea as having higher anti-inflammatory properties than black tea in reducing the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, TNFalpha and PGE2.

However, in mouse white blood cells, both black tea and green tea inhibit one major inflammatory pathway.

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Obese are more prone to asthma than those of normal weight.

Findings by the scientists at King’s College London who suggested that a protein contributes to inflammation of the lungs as well as increasing hunger:-

  • Th2 cells – specialised cells belonging to the immune system can inflame the lungs and contribute to the development of asthma.
  • Th2 cells also produce a protein known as PMCH which is known to increase appetite.

In one of the several European and American studies which was published earlier this year, out of 330,000 patients, for every normal weight person with asthma, 1.5 who were overweight or obese.

Although researchers wrote that “These findings may provide a mechanistic link between allergic inflammation, asthma and obesity,” as people with asthma are not always obese, further investigation was needed into possible genetic variations of PMCH.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6900605.stm

9 ways to protect your heart from diabetes

Diabetes and heart disease often go hand in hand. Here’s how you can uncouple them.

Diabetes and heart disease were once thought to be entirely unrelated disorders. New thinking suggests that they may actually spring from the same underlying cause — chronic, systemwide inflammation — or at least be influenced by it. This intertwining is a bad thing, since developing diabetes usually means developing heart disease as well. It also has a silver lining: Protecting yourself against one of these chronic conditions works against the other, too.

More than one million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes each year. Traditionally, up to 80% of people with diabetes develop some form of cardiovascular disease, from heart attack and stroke to peripheral artery disease and heart failure.

The connection between the two diseases isn’t ironclad. The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have joined forces to fight both heart disease and diabetes. Their latest effort focuses on helping people with diabetes whose hearts seem healthy keep them that way.

As you scan the tips below, remember that almost every recommendation is good for diabetes as well as heart disease.

1. Know your risk

Goal: Knowledge is power. Calculate your risk of heart disease, or ask your doctor to do it.
Getting there: The Framingham calculator is a general heart disease–risk estimator. Specific ones for people with diabetes have been developed by two diabetes groups.

2. Exercise

Goal: Aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise (like walking) or 90 minutes of vigorous exercise.
Getting there: If you do just one thing on this list, choose exercise. It is a key to controlling blood sugar, strengthens the heart and lungs, improves blood pressure, corrects out-of-whack cholesterol, and has other beneficial effects.

3. Control your weight

Goal: If your weight is in the healthy range, work to keep it there. If you are overweight, try to lose 5% to 7% of your weight over the next 12 months. (That’s about a pound a month for someone weighing 200 pounds.)
Getting there: Cutting out just one 12-ounce can of sugared soda a day (150 calories) is enough to help you lose a pound a month. You can easily double that by burning more calories with exercise.

4. Improve your diet

Goals:

  • Cut back on unhealthy fats: Lower saturated fat to under 7% of calories (about 17 grams), and keep trans fat intake as close to zero as possible.
  • Add more unsaturated fats from fish, grains, and vegetable oils.
  • Include at least 30 grams of fiber a day.
  • Watch the salt — reduce your intake to under 2,500 milligrams a day.
  • Choose whole grains and other slowly digested carbohydrates.

Getting there: The foods you eat can help you control blood sugar and protect your arteries. The main strategy is to get more fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and vegetable oils (especially olive oil), and less fast food, salty or fried food, and rapidly digested carbohydrates. There is no one-size-fits-all “diabetes diet.” The American Diabetes Association released a comprehensive set of nutrition recommendations in January 2007. But rather than trying to wade through these, ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist.

5. Lower your blood pressure

Goal: A healthy blood pressure is 120/80 or below. If you have high blood pressure, aim for a systolic pressure of 130 or lower and a diastolic pressure of 80 or lower.
Getting there: Measure your blood pressure often; home monitors are a good investment. If it is above the goal, try exercise, the DASH diet, and, if needed, weight loss, smoking cessation, or medications.

6. Control your cholesterol

Goal: Aim for and LDL under 100 mg/dL, an HDL above 40 mg/dL, and triglycerides under 150 mg/dL.
Getting there: A healthful diet and exercise can do a lot to reverse risky lipid levels. A cholesterol-lowering statin can help protect against heart attack and stroke even when LDL levels are near the recommended goal. Niacin or a fibrate can improve HDL and triglyceride levels.

7. Quit smoking

Goal: If you smoke, try to stop. Avoid secondhand smoke whenever possible.
Getting there: The most effective quitting strategy includes talk therapy plus nicotine replacement therapy along with drugs such as bupropion (generic, Wellbutrin, Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix).

8. Control your blood sugar

Goal: Aim for hemoglobin A1c to be at least under 7% and, ideally, as close to 6% as possible without causing bouts of low blood sugar.
Getting there: Managing carbohydrate intake and switching to whole grains can help ease the blood sugar roller coaster. Exercise is vitally important. Use medications such as metformin, thiazolidinediones, and insulin as needed.

9. Prevent clots

Goal: Take a low-dose aspirin (75–162 milligrams) every day unless your doctor tells you not to.
Getting there: Aspirin prevents platelets from latching onto each other, an early step in clot formation. Preventing clots helps prevent heart attack and stroke.

For more information on controlling diabetes, order the Special Health Report, Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes, at www.health.harvard.edu/HED.

What has cat whiskers got to do with your kidneys ?

Cat Whiskers HerbThat was exactly what I asked when I was given the product, Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea. Cat Whiskers good for cleansing and strengthening kidneys ?

As I digged further, I began to love it. Besides its aroma, it is a nice detox tea for cleansing the kidney and urinary tract. Instead of keeping a cat at home, I am looking forward to growing this beautiful herb in my little balcony and touching its whiskers.

It has been called Kidney Tea, Holy Tea, Toddler Tea, Stone Removal Herb, Ageless Herb, Romance Herb and Cat Whiskers Herb (click here) but its botannical name is Spicate Clerodendranthus.

Although it can be found in Malaysia (called Misai Kuching or Misai Kucing), I can’t wait to visit Xishuangbanna in China Yunnan Province to see the mu of Cat Whiskers.

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BioLife Marketing Launches New Healthy Tea’s That Are Produced from Cat Whiskers Herb, Roselle Flower and Ginger 

Consumers in Singapore are the first to savour the three new types of Good Image Tea™ at the Food & Beverage Fair 2007. Online purchases of Good Image Tea products now available via online payment portal BuyButtonz.com 

Singapore. March 14, 2007  BioLife Marketing, the sole distributor of the Good Image Tea™ today releases three new types of tea during the Food & Beverage Fair 2007 in Singapore. Like the classic Good Image Tea™ , the Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea, Good Image Roselle Tea and Good Image Ginger Tea are uniquely formulated under the guidance of Dr. Aoyama Kanahiro from the University of Tokyo and Professor of ShengYang Medicine University of China. Each is produced from traditional herbs and is manufactured by BioLife Marketing’s associated GMP-certified herbal manufacturing plant in Malaysia. 

“Tea has been appreciated for a few thousands years now and its benefits are easily found by doing a search on the Internet. As a healthy beverage, the number of consumers is growing annually. Since the successful launch of the Good Image Tea™ five years ago in Malaysia and three years ago in Singapore, we have been getting constant feedback from our customers to create variations out of other great traditional herbs.” said Ang Ah Sin, General Manager of BioLife Marketing.

Commenting on Good Image Tea, Wellness Consultant, Ong Kuan Kuan stated, “I’m in the wellness business and am very familiar with the various health cleansing products in the market. When I was introduced to Good Image Tea recently, apart from its good cleansing capability, I was pretty impressed with the refreshing feeling derived as the warmth built up in my body coupled with its cool minty aftertaste.” 

Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea is derived from the traditional tropical Clerodendranthus Spicatus herb, better known as ShenCha (kidney tea) or MaoXuCao (Cat Whiskers herb) in Chinese. ShenCha is believed to be anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy, anti-hypersensitivity and diuretic properties. Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea is blended with Wulong Tea, Tea Polyphenols or ShengDi生地as well as with another traditional herb called Glycyrrhiza Uralensis or GanCao甘草). 

Good Image Roselle Tea is derived from the flower of another traditional herb called Roselle or LuoShenHua (洛神花) in Chinese. Roselle is known for promoting healthy intestinal and urinary systems. The unique blending with Mentha, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis and Green Tea gives a sweet and subtly sour fragrance to the Good Image Roselle Tea, thus making it a refreshing, thirst quenching and healthy drink.Good Image Ginger Tea is produced from high quality dry ginger and uniquely blended with Mentha, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis and Lycium or QiZi(杞子). Thus instead of the strong gingery smell, Good Image Ginger Tea gives a subtle mint fragrance while delivering the warming and traditional effects of the ginger and aids in digestion. 

To ensure freshness, portability and ease of storage, all Good Image teabags are individually sealed. They are free from any preservative or artificial colouring”, said Mr. Lai Liew Ming, Managing Director of Comfort Herbal Manufacturing Sdn Bdn.  BioLife’s vision is to facilitate ‘Healthy Indulgence’ and we will continue to develop new products based on the other traditional herbs that appeal and be beneficial to the health-conscious community. We expect our revenue to increase ten fold by the end of 2007”, said Ang. 

Pricing and availability  Good Image Cat Whiskers Tea (S$29.90, 30 sachets), Good Image Roselle Tea (S$29.90, 30 sachets) and Good Image Ginger Tea (S$19.90, 20 sachets), will be available from 19th March 2007 at selected medical stores, spas, beauty salons and other retail outlets in Singapore.  All Good Image products can also be purchased online at www.biolifemarketing.com.sg via BuyButtonz.com

Promotion For every two boxes of Good Image tea purchased, consumers will be given one FREE thermal flask. Offer valid up to 31st March 2007 or while stock lasts. 

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About BioLife Marketing
BioLife Marketing (S) Pte Ltd is a Singapore-grown SME that focused on providing well formulated health products that aims at enhancing the total well-being of today’s hyper-active community. By harnessing the goodness from nature which provides the secrets in balancing the biological system of the individuals, BioLife’s vision of “Healthy Indulgence” set the goals for our current and future products to support the consumers in staying in the pink of health while continuing to enjoy their respective diet.  Good Image Tea™, a popular label of innovative green tea was launched in Malaysia in 2001 and debuted in  Singapore in 2003. It is manufactured by BioLife’s associated GMP-certified factory in Malaysia which has more than 10 years of manufacturing herbal and health-related products for other organisations in the region. For more information, visit www.biolifemarketing.com.sg 

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