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SPECIAL DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FOR NEWSLETTER READERS We've had a number of significant changes to our premium green tea line with products retiring and the addition of an exceptionally fine tasting high grade sencha called Ichibantsumino Oishi Sencha as well as Oi Ocha Koiaji Sencha which is a special sencha with an extra 300 miligram shot of the well-researched and active green tea ingredient Catechin (EGCG). Our final new premium sencha Oi Ocha Ryokucha Tsumi replaces the popular Oh-i-Ocha series and is on sale below:

This Sencha is an early-April, first crop sencha harvested from leaves in the Kagoshima regions. The growing climate produces a deep rich aroma and taste and a bright green tea color.

Oi Ocha Ryokucha Tsumi Sencha: Get 15% off the $19.99 price if you buy a minimum of 2 packs using coupon code: J9NLTEA (while supplies last).
Part of the Japanese limited edition artisans collection. This pot features a beautiful caligraphic pattern featuring trees around a village in on a deep read background. With Ita-ami Filter.

F5675 Red Caligraphy teapot: 15% off the $28.99 price if you use coupon code: J9NLPOT(while supplies last).
Here is both a unique and functional gift for those who drink Matcha (powdered) green tea. We have a unique selection of ceremonial green tea sets and this one on sale now:

110-293 Oribe ceremonial tea set: 15% off the $28.99 price if you use coupon code:J9NLSET (while supplies last).
Did you know we sold Green Tea incence burners (Cha-kouro)? We have an attractive selection here and are offering one on sale here. The best incense tea is Chanoma-Hoji Bancha

1259 "Stone" Chakoro: 15% off the $50.99 price if you use coupon code: J9NLBRNR (while supplies last).

New Teabag Selection Coming Soon
We are working on getting some new teabag selections in including white tea and organic green tea.

Antioxidants in green tea may help reduce periodontal disease
March 26th, 2009
American Academy of Periodontology: Journal of Periodontology

A study recently published in the Journal of Periodontology, the official publication of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), uncovered yet another benefit of green tea consumption. Researchers found that routine intake of green tea may also help promote healthy teeth and gums. The study analysed the periodontal health of 940 men, and found that those who regularly drank green tea had superior periodontal health than subjects that consumed less green tea.

"It has been long speculated that green tea possesses a host of health benefits," said study author Dr Yoshihiro Shimazaki of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. "And since many of us enjoy green tea on a regular basis, my colleagues and I were eager to investigate the impact of green tea consumption on periodontal health, especially considering the escalating emphasis on the connection between periodontal health and overall health."

Male participants aged 49 through 59 were examined on three indicators of periodontal disease: periodontal pocket depth (PD), clinical attachment loss (CAL) of gum tissue, and bleeding on probing (BOP) of the gum tissue. Researchers observed that for every one cup of green tea consumed per day, there was a decrease in all three indicators, therefore signifying a lower instance of periodontal disease in those subjects who regularly drank green tea.

Green tea's ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. Previous research has demonstrated antioxidants' ability to reduce inflammation in the body, and the indicators of periodontal disease measured in this study, PD, CAL and BOP, suggest the existence of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth. By interfering with the body's inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, green tea may actually help promote periodontal health, and ward off further disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and has been associated with the progression of other diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

"Periodontists believe that maintaining healthy gums is absolutely critical to maintaining a healthy body," says Dr David Cochran, DDS, PhD, President of the AAP and Chair of the Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. "That is why it is so important to find simple ways to boost periodontal health, such as regularly drinking green tea – something already known to possess certain health-related benefits."

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Green tea, mushrooms reduce risk from breast cancer

March 15, 2009
By: William Atkins

An Australian-Chinese study shows that eating fresh or dried mushrooms and drinking green tea can decrease the risk of breast cancer in women. The study was conducted in China where the incidence of breast cancer is about five times less than those in Western countries.

The study was published in the March 15, 2009 issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

The paper (volume 124, issue 6, pages 1404-1408) entitled “Dietary intakes of mushrooms and green tea combine to reduce the risk of breast cancer in Chinese women,” shows the results by Australian researchers Min Zhang and C.D’Arcy J. Holman (The University of Western Australia), and Chinese researchers Jian Huang and Xing Xie (Zhejiang University School of Medicine).

The Australian-Chinese team studied 1,009 females between the ages of 20 and 87 years with “histologically confirmed breast cancer.”

The women were from southeastern China and the study was performed from 2004 to 2005.

A control group of healthy Chinese women (and without breast cancer)—numbering 1,009 and of similar ages—also participated in the study.

Women in China were studied because on average the incidence of breast cancer is one-fifth less in these women as it is in women in Western industrialized countries. Data was collected on the frequency and quantity of dietary intake of mushrooms and consumption of green tea with questionnaires from face-to-face interviews.

The Chinese and Australian researchers found that the women who consumed the most quantities of fresh mushrooms were about two-thirds (36%) less likely to develop breast cancer, when compared to women who did not eat mushrooms.

In fact, the researchers found that as small of an intake as ten grams per day of fresh mushrooms (less then one button mushroom) helps to protect women against breast cancer.

With respect to dried mushrooms, the researchers found that eating four grams or more were sufficient to minimize the risk of breast cancer in the Chinese participants.

Specifically, the study found that the women who ate dried mushrooms were 53% less likely to get breast cancer then women who did not eat mushrooms.

They researchers also found a decrease in breast cancer risk from women who ate mushrooms and drank green tea, at least 1.05 grams of dried green tea leaves per day.

They state in the abstract to their paper, “We conclude that higher dietary intake of mushrooms decreased breast cancer risk in pre- and postmenopausal Chinese women and an additional decreased risk of breast cancer from joint effect of mushrooms and green tea was observed.”

They suggest that additional research is needed to examine in more details the links and mechanisms of dietary mushrooms and green tea and the incidences of breast cancer in women.

The study was published in the March 15, 2009 issue of the International Journal of Cancer.


Green Tea Catechins Help Promote Loss of Belly Fat

January 26, 2009
By: Mike Adams

New research published in the Journal of Nutrition reveals that consuming green tea along with three hours of exercise a week results in accelerate loss of body fat around the abdominal region compared to exercise alone.

Test subjects were given 625mg of green tea per day in a junked-up liquid beverage made with artificial citrus flavoring chemicals, processed table salt, glucose and the artificial sweetener sucralose. (This is conventional medicine's idea of a "weight loss" beverage, by the way. Go figure...) Given what was in the beverage, it's amazing anybody lost body fat at all!

The control group drank the same junk beverage but without the green tea component. Incredibly, those who drank the green tea version of the beverage somehow managed to lose belly fat. The study author concluded that "consumption of a beverage containing green tea catechins (625mg/d) may enhance exercise-induced loss of abdominal fat and improve circulating FFA and TG levels."

Green tea is also well known to help prevent breast cancer, prostate cancer and Alzheimer's disease, by the way. Beware of cheap sources of green tea from China, most of which are contaminated with dangerous levels of fluoride.

So, does green tea really help you lose body fat? Only if you exercise at the same time. The bigger factor in weight loss is the exercise. Green tea and other supplements are only minor factors. I know there are lots of health conscious consumers out there chugging green tea and wondering why they're not losing body fat. That's because they need to move their butts and start walking, swimming, lifting, cycling or doing something that gets the heart pumping and increases metabolism.

Green tea can be part of the solution, but it would be a huge mistake to think it will do the work for you.


Green Tea and Breast Cancer


NASHVILLE—In further support of green tea, researchers found drinking green tea may be weakly associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer (J Nutr. 2009;139(2):310-16). Epidemiological and animal data suggest tea and tea polyphenols may be preventive against various cancers, including breast cancer. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) catalyzes catechol estrogens and tea polyphenols. The COMT rs4680 AA genotype leads to lower COMT activity, which may affect the relationship between green tea consumption and breast cancer risk. Researchers evaluated whether regular green tea consumption was associated with breast cancer risk among 3,454 incident cases and 3,474 controls aged 20 to 74 years in a population-based case-control study during 1996 to 2005. All participants were interviewed in person about green tea consumption habits, including age of initiation, duration of use, brew strength and quantity of tea. Compared with nondrinkers, regular drinking of green tea was associated with a slightly decreased risk for breast cancer. Among premenopausal women, reduced risk was observed for years of green tea drinking (P–trend=0.02) and a dose-response relationship with the amount of tea consumed per month was also observed (P-trend = 0.046). COMT rs4680 genotypes did not have a modifying effect on the association of green tea intake with breast cancer risk.


Green tea extract studied in UA cancer fight
Can it prevent or treat prostate & cervical cancers?

April 8, 2009
By: Alan Fischer, Tucson Citizen

Arizona Cancer Center researchers are working to clinically prove readily available green tea extracts can prevent cancers.

The curative powers of green tea have long been touted, but three human clinical trials here seek to scientifically prove - or disprove - that Polyphenon E, a green tea extract, can help prevent cervical cancer, prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - COPD - a precursor to lung cancer.

"A lot of people say green tea prevents this or prevents that," said Dr. Francisco Garcia, who is heading a cervical cancer study. "We're actually trying to see if that is true."

But Sherry Chow, a co-investigator on the three studies, said, "There is no direct proof yet that green tea can prevent cancer. We're doing the clinical trials necessary to move in that direction."

The green Polyphenon E pills used in the study come from the National Cancer Institute, Chow said. Taking four small pills once a day offers the equivalent of the beneficial properties found in 16 cups of green tea, she said.

Garcia, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UA College of Medicine and Arizona Cancer Center member, is working to see if cervical cancer can be prevented, and perhaps even be resolved non-surgically.

In the cervical cancer clinical trial, participants who have persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections or other high risks for cervical cancer take the pills for 16 weeks, Garcia said.

Half the participants get Polyphenon E, and half get a placebo, he said.

About 180 women will take part in the study, which is still seeking participants.

Call 318-7178 for more information on getting involved in the study.

"We're looking for people with evidence of persistent HPV infection, abnormal Pap smears, or might have an an abnormal biopsy," Garcia said.

Dr. Frederick Ahmann, a UA professor of medicine and surgery, is leading a study to determine if Polyphenon E could potentially impact prostate cancer.

Study participants are taking Polyphenon E for a few weeks before undergoing surgery to remove their cancerous prostate.

Tissue removed during surgery will be examined to see if the green tea extract reached the prostate and had any effect on tissues there, Ahmann said.

"It's the first step, but an important test, to see if these substances will turn out to be useful," Ahmann said. "There are theoretical benefits right now but we don't know if green tea does anything."

Participants are told the research will not help their situation, but will perhaps help people in the future, he said.

If this test - slated for completion by year's end - is successful, future clinical trials could possibly determine if green tea can prevent or even cure prostate cancer, he said.

The COPD study is assessing whether the green tea pills can reverse some of the damage associated with the disease, said Chow, research associate professor at UA.

COPD, primarily caused by heavy smoking, is a disease that leads to a high risk for developing lung cancer, Chow said.

Dr. Iman Hakim, principal investigator and dean of the UA College of Public Health, is investigating whether green tea intervention can actually reverse some of the airway damage caused by COPD, Chow said.

Green tea components like Polyphenon E - a chemically defined, decaffeinated, catechin-enriched antioxidant green tea extract - are dietary supplements already available to the public, Garcia said.

"The issue is not whether you can get it, but whether it would do anything for you," Garcia said.

"The big thing for me is to not oversell this concept. We are enthusiastic and hopeful, but the whole reason we are doing the trial is to see if these agents, which look so promising in the laboratory, really have a human application."

Ahmann, who is working on a study to see if green tea extract can impact prostate cancer, agrees.

"Dietary supplements can be sold and touted as something you can do to try and help yourself without any true tested evidence that it works,'' Ahmann said.

"We don't believe that is the proper way to decide what people should or shouldn't take. You should test something to see if there is a positive benefit before you suggest someone take something."

And the public should be cautious of the quality of supplements being sold.

"The over-the-counter pills are not controlled by the FDA," Chow said.

"You don't know what is in them. They are so variable."

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has funded the three studies to the tune of $3.2 million, Chow said.

The COPD study has $1.8 million in funding, the cervical cancer study got $1 million and the prostate cancer study received $400,000, she said.

The Arizona Cancer Center led the way in proving that Polyphenon E is safe and could enter the bloodstream, said Chow, who led that investigation.

The Tucson center, which was the first to work with pure Polyphenon E capsules, is also the leader in investigating the preventive properties of the green tea compound, she said.

"We're really excited about each one of our studies," Chow said.

"We can't wait to finish them and have more information to share with the public."

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