The Irony of flavored green tea

Turn on any local health station and you are constantly informed with the same truth gospel—green tea is good for you. However, some people are turned off by its seaweed-like flavor. It is because of this that different versions of green tea (i.e green milk tea) are regularly released intended on providing an improved and alternate taste. For people who appreciate the fine flavor of green tea the idea of reflavoring green tea, as found with the introduction of flavored green tea, is often amusing.

With sugar added to improve the taste of traditional green tea there is no denying that it does taste better for many people. These days, it is common to find food items like like ice cream, frozen yogurts and cakes available in green tea flavor. And with all the added taste of milk, sugar and syrup, there is very little left in way of original  green tea flavour. It is important to remember that with the added sweetness comes an increased calorie count. As a result of this, even though green tea is widely accepted as healthy, drinking flavored green tea is an entire different ball game. And so even though it tastes great, it doesn’t necessary mean it is healthy. Just because you’re drinking something that includes green tea doesn’t necessarily mean you’re reaping the health benefits.

But flavored green tea doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Green tea can be sweet and delicious and still retain its healthy content. An easy way of achieving this is by using fruit flavours. For example, a piece of apple or mango or some juice from a pomegranate, will significantly improve the taste of your green tea. The fruit you decide to use will depend on the kind that best appeals to your taste buds.

In the midst of your experimentation with flavors, it doesn’t hurt to give plain Chinese green tea another try. Factors like whether you use fresh leaves or a tea bag and the type of water used will affect the final flavor of your green tea. By using only the very best ingredients, you will be able to get the best flavor out of your green tea. Fresh leaves obviously provide a fresher taste, and depending on where you live, the tap water might have different contents that can alter the taste of green tea. The temperature of the water is also a factor. For the best flavor results, try adding boiling water after it has cooled down a bit. Fresh leaves combined with purified water at the right temperature are most likely to make the best flavored green tea.

Bee Supplements

Bee Pollen

Referred to as the “food of the Gods’, bee pollen is a rich nutritious product, has been taken world-wide as an energy boosting and health supplement. Human consumption of bee pollen is praised in the Bible, other religious books, and ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts. Bee Pollen may benefit our health in all kinds of ways, increasing energy, promotes weight loss and acts as an appetite suppressant. Bee pollen provides essential minerals needed for good health including fatty acids, amino acids and complex vitamins, enzymes and co-enzymes necessary for good digestion.

Bee Propolis

Bee propolis has reportedly been used for hundreds if not thousands of years in various forms of medicine. Bee propolis has been revealed to defeat bacteria, viruses, fungus and even penicillin-resistant bacteria (staphylococcus). A much more recent study seems to indicate that bee propolis is effective in treating patients with minor burns. The anti-inflammatory and antiboitic properties of Propolis may prove active againt sore throats, colds, coughs, flu and much more. Propolis is also extremely high in plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bee Propolis is a resin gathered from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives. Bees adopted sterilization habits long before humans. The most sterile place in nature is the bee hive. Propolis has numerous immune building properties. Propolis contains approximately 50%-70% resins, 30% wax, 10% etheric oils and 5% pollen.

Propolis is taken by mouth or used externally to disinfect and disinfect skin irritations, cuts, rashes and bruises because it contains phyotonizides. Phytotonizides are believed to contain immunity factors, which when used internally, stimulates the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases (a natural antibiotic). Propolis is especially rich in amino acids, important for immune system function.

As a supplement, Bee Propolis is an excellent aid against bacterial infections. Stimulates ‘phagocytosis’; helps white blood cells to destroy bacteria. Good results against inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and the throat, dry cough, halitosis, tonsillitis, ulcers, and acne. Stimulates immune system.

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a substance of complex chemical structure produced by the young nurse bees as larva food. Despite extensive studies, Royal Jelly chemical compoents remains a mystery.The Queen bee has a remarkable long life and reproductiive capacity compared to worker bees.

Royal jelly, which is secreted from the salivary glands of worker bees, serves as food for all young larvae and as the only food for larvae that will develop into queen bees. Honeybees make royal jelly for the benefit of the Queen bee, who lives 5 times longer than the worker bees. During the 3 days in which the worker bee larvae are fed on royal jelly, they reach the maximum development; their weight multiplies about 250 times. An adult Queen is almost 50% larger than the workers and can lay 2500 eggs in a day. The life span of worker bee is about 45 days however Queen Bee could live 5-6 years which is remarkable. The queen bees reproductive capabilities are also exceptional, she can produce thousands of eggs in a day. Queen honeybees lay two kinds of eggs: fertilized, female eggs, which have two sets of chromosomes and develop into workers or queens, and unfertilized, male eggs, which have only one set of chromosomes and develop into drones.
Royal jelly is gathered and sold as a dietary supplement, claiming various health benefits because of components like B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).