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Is drinking black tea good for you?

Is drinking black tea good for you?

Light vs dark tea: Tea is derived from the camellia sinensis tree. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols which have an anti-carcinogenic effect. Lighter tea (white & green) is less processed. Black tea is dried & fermented. Studies suggest green tea can assist with glycemic control as well as reduced heart disease death rate. There are more studies around that suggest benefits from green tea than for black. ...Read more

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Is coffee good for you?

Is coffee good for you?

Caffeine effects: Caffeine is a stimulant to the central nervous system. It is most commonly used to improve mental alertness. People who are more sensitive may have nervousness gastrointestinal upset, insomnia and temporary rise in heart rate and blood pressure. Some research stated- Caffeine may harm voice quality Women consuming higher amounts of caffeine had an increased risk for miscarriage. ...Read more

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I know green tea is supposed to be good for you, but i prefer black tea. Are there antioxidants in regular black tea as well?

I know green tea is supposed to be good for you, but i prefer black tea. Are there antioxidants in regular black tea as well?

No, not same: The potent antioxidant called GCG in most green teas is sensitive to heat and fermentation. Thus black tea, albeit w other possible health benefits, is largely depleted of GCG. But some green teas are quickly roasted (ex few regions in China) and have less GCG. Most others dry the leaves without heat. Green tea should not be brewed in boiling water, but optimally 160-180F depending on type ...Read more

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Is the drink "Purple Stuff" good for you?

Is the drink "Purple Stuff" good for you?

Nothing different: It's a vitamin soda. Your better off getting your B-vitamins from whole foods. Remember, the valerian root extract in the soda has been associated with liver failure. So be careful. ...Read more

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Is ginger good for a diabetic or good for anything? I use it with tea and coffee. They taste good with it.

Is ginger good for a diabetic or good for anything? I use it with tea and coffee.  They taste good with it.

YES- many benefits: Yes, ginger improves Insulin sensitivity ; lowers cholesterol ; inflammation so it is very good for diabetics- see http://bit.Ly/15zcnkz. In fact ginger is very good for everyone- it has a wide range of health benefits. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice;dbid=72 for details. ...Read more

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As a pharmacist i want to know pharmacologically why coffee is not a healthy source of antioxidants?

As a pharmacist i want to know pharmacologically why coffee is not a healthy source of antioxidants?

It certainly is : A source. However, for many people its benefit is overwhelmed by caffeine. There are therefore better antioxidant sources. The "feeling of having more energy" from caffeine is misleading for many people that take it to overcome fatigue. They are actually consuming energy that they can ill afford. ...Read more

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Is green tea good for you?

Is green tea good for you?

Yes: Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. Green tea also helps with a number of heart-related issues. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take chamomile tea for constipation?

Is it a good idea to take chamomile tea for constipation?

Not very effective: Camomile tea is not a very effective treatment for constipation. If you want to use some sort of tea, the best option is senna tea - senna is a plant alkaloid that softens the stool and 'irritates' the colon a bit making it contract. ...Read more

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What is a good alternative to coffee?

What is a good alternative to coffee?

For what?: Not sure what you are asking. What is it you don't like about coffee and what effects of coffee do you wish to achieve? Coffee has caffeine and many people use it to increase alertness and some people just like the taste and for others it is simply a habit. There is some suggesstive evidence of positive effects, but there are also some negative consequences such as withdrawal headaches. ...Read more

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Is decaf coffee good for your health?

Who knows: I don't know of any studies that look into decaf coffee and whether it can help improve certain indicators of good health. ...Read more

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Is green tea good for you, and if so in what ways?

Is green tea good for you, and if so in what ways?

Yes! Many ways:: Green tea has been proven to have remarkable health benefits because it is rich in antioxidant polyphenols known as catechins, as well as l-theanine which has a calming effect. Among the proven benefits: prevents cardiovascular disease, lowers cholesterol ; blood sugar, prevents many different cancers, protects the liver. See http://bit.Ly/1fitced ; http://bit.Ly/1hnj1kj. ...Read more

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If you take on a diet where you only drink green tea and fruits, is this good for you or not?

If you take on a diet where you only drink green tea and fruits, is this good for you or not?

Veggies?: Ultimately it would not be balanced. Vegetables should be more prevalent in the diet than fruits. Green tea is fine. ...Read more

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Hi. I just finished eating chocolate and drinking cola. Would it be a good idea to use mouthwash straight after? Thanks

Hi. 
I just finished eating chocolate and drinking cola. Would it be a good idea to use mouthwash straight after?

Thanks

Of course: After taking an acid food or drink, rinsing your mouth with water or a fluoride mouthwash can help clear up the acid quicker. It helps protect both the teeth and gums. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of blackstrap molasses? It is so tasty, and with such a deep, dark color, it seems it must be good for you.

What are the health benefits of blackstrap molasses? It is so tasty, and with such a deep, dark color, it seems it must be good for you.

Tasty stuff: This was an old "health food" since the early 1900's, and you've correctly identified why people believe it must be magic. As a substitute for refined sugar, it contains a small amount of some minerals, including copper and iron, some of which it gets from the machinery in which it is prepared -- takes ~1/4 lb of molasses to get your rda of iron. Don't expect any other health benefits. ...Read more

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Is tea good for you if it contains caffeine?

Green tea: Tea is derived from the camellia sinensis tree. The leaves contain antioxidant polyphenols. The linus pauling institute reported a study that suggested green tea can assist w glycemic control. Studies show that the polyphenols in green tea have an anti-carcinogenic effect as well as leading to a reduced heart disease death rate. Try decaffeinated tea because too much caffeine can cause problems. ...Read more