A study of 20 previous clinical trials finds green-tea consumption, even in the form of a capsule with green tea compounds, can reduce "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 5-6 points, though researchers note the improvement is modest and does not include changes to "good" HDL cholesterol.
New research indicates that the beneficial compounds in green tea become more powerful after digestion. "We found when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer's development than the undigested form of the tea," said researcher Ed Okello The digested compounds also contain "anti-cancer properties," he said.
David Paquette, a dentist, invented a drink called Biba, which he says "takes the best qualities from electrolyte drinks, sodas, waters and energy drinks, and combines them into one drink." The caffeine-free, lime-flavored drink is slightly carbonated and is designed to prevent dehydration for athletes and cocktail drinkers.
Unilever division Lipton Tea has begun an online campaign in partnership with National Geographic that touts its sustainable tea farming. The campaign includes Lipton videos on National Geographic Web pages, with "National Geographic Explorer" host Boyd Matson.
A new study shows that a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, olive oil and vegetables could fight borderline dementia and keep it from transitioning to Alzheimer's disease. In the study, the one-third of participants who most closely adhered to the diet had a 28% lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment than did the one-third who followed the diet least closely.