Thursday, February 5, 2009

I <3 Green Juice and Tulsi Tea

Celery, zucchini, ginger and 5 drops of Tulsi Tea

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Benefits of Tulsi Tea
(Holy Basil Tea)

Tulsi tea, which originated in India thousands of years ago, is known for its rich antioxidant and adaptogenic properties that are known to promote wellness by building the body’s immune system, reducing stress and promoting mental clarity.

It is recognized as one of India's most sacred herbs because of its health benefits and healing properties.

Tulsi Tea's antioxidants protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals that facilitate the cause and progression of various types of diseases.

Also referred to as holy basil tea, this herbal brew’s adaptogens serve as powerful anti-stress agents that protect your body from a wide range of health concerns.

The adaptogens guard against and deal with physical, chemical, environmental, and emotional factors that produce high levels of stress that compromise physical and mental health.

Potential Health Benefits

  • Strengthens the immune system, promotes longevity and enhances well-being.
  • Promotes heart health by lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure.
  • Reduces the negative physical and psychological effects of stress.
  • Increases the body’s efficiency in using oxygen, which improves stamina, strength and endurance.
  • Promotes respiratory health.
  • Helps with digestion and gastrointestinal problems.
  • Neutralizes dangerous biochemicals that contribute to cancer, degenerative diseases and premature aging.
  • Facilitates healthy liver function.
  • Reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources.
  • Relieves inflammation from arthritis and other diseases.
  • Helps fight infections.
  • It is important to note that, while there is scientific evidence that supports many of these health claims, additional research is needed to further substantiate medicinal impact and safety -- as with any herbal therapy. Always consult with your doctor before using herbal treatments to address and support your healthcare needs.


    Glauce Lucas said...

    Try it and let me know how they go!

    And if you have the chance, join us at the 'happy meat' discussion in the previous post ;o)

    Andrea said...

    I have had a hard time finding the Tulsi Tea, I had to go online to look for it because we don't have any natural and whole foods shops in the area that I live in. However, in my search for the tea, I stumbled upon RawPeople, a networking site for Raw Foodists. I figured I should share the love as I wait for my tea to arrive!

    RB said...

    Hi! I found your blog through my friend GoGoZoe (you responded to her soy post.) I have been getting really into teas lately so I appreciate your post. I looked into a little more and used this academic search'm a phd drop out) but I found this bit saying that green tea blocks benefits of cancer drugs..

    any thoughts on that? i'll check back for comments.


    Zucchini Breath said...

    Glauce, I will check that out, thanks :)

    Andrea, I got mine from my DIL who probably bought it over the internet. Thanks for the link, I will check it!

    RB, thanks for stopping by! I didn't know there were any benefits to cancer drugs?
    I am reading John Tobe's book on the prevention of Cancer (raw food, no cigs or other chemicals, no aluminum). He claims that people can live for many years with undetected cancer that is only discovered in autopsy after death from an unrelated cause, such as stroke or heart attack.
    Once cancer is detected and the surgeons begin to cut, it metastasizes and that's when things start going wrong.
    I am just learning about nutrition myself and know VERY little about green tea. I drink herbal teas, such as black raspberry leaf, nettle, chamomile, etc. I only have Green and black tea in the house because they were gifts.

    Miss Jamie said...

    greeen juice makes me feel so good, do have any tips on how to make it the best for you anybody???? I just started my 4 week journey so I am curious

    Leave a comment

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    The other animals humans eat, use in science, hunt, trap, and exploit in a variety of ways, have a life of their own that is of importance to them apart from their utility to us. They are not only in the world, they are aware of it. What happens to them matters to them. Each has a life that fares better or worse for the one whose life it is.

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