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New Study Suggests Drinking Tea Could Help Reduce Risk Of Diabetes

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There is more great information from a new study regarding the many healthful properties of tea. In this impressive report, published recently by Medical News Today, medical researchers reported tea is linked to a reduced risk of diabetes. The pooled review of studies – covering nearly half a million participants – was a systematic review and analysis by an international team of medical researchers from the University of Sydney, Australia, as well as colleagues from the UK, The Netherlands, France and the US.

The findings were originally presented online, in the Archives on Internal Medicine in late 2009. The research states, in part:

“High intakes of coffee…and tea are associated with reduced risk of diabetes. The putative protective effects of these beverages warrant further investigation in randomized trials.”

Diabetes is a disease that involves the body’s failure to properly produce or use insulin. The benefits of controlling diabetes are many; diabetes causes serious medical complications with the eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart, according to the American Diabetes Association. As the rates of obesity increase across the country, so do the risks of diabetes, which already affects millions of people now, with many more at high risk.

Health experts also suggest a healthy diet combined with exercise, to help ward off the risk of diabetes and a host of other health issues. Check your ABC’s of Diabetes prevention, and raise a cup to your good health!

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See What Happens at Our Bigelow Tea Socials!

On January 21st, we hosted our first-ever Bigelow Tea Social in New York City.  The event was a big success, but if you weren’t there, you may be wondering what you were missing.  Stephanie at The Tea Scoop wrote a great recap of her experience, and she’s also one of the happy attendees we featured in our own video recap of the evening.

Maybe we’ll see you at our next tea social?  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be sure you hear about our upcoming events!

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February 12 at the Charleston Tea Plantation: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

The staff at the Charleston Tea Plantation could not believe it! The day started off with reports of heavy to moderate snow fall across the northern part of South Carolina. However, before the day’s end, it became more and more evident that snow was definitely coming to the Lowcountry.

Even though the tea farm had seen snow flurries before, it had not received this much accumulated snow on its grounds in almost 20 years.

In fact, this was the first time since 1989, the winter following Hurricane Hugo, that the Charleston Tea Plantation has been blanketed in snow…and what a site it was! Seeing the Camellia Sinensis plants completely covered in snow was unbelievably surreal.

No worries, though. Even though the plants thrive on the typically subtropical climate of Wadmalaw Island, they were not harmed by the unexpected snow fall.  As veteran tea tester and plantation partner Bill Hall explained, the tea plant is dormant in winter.  If anything, snow actually insulates the plant against cold, bitter winds.

What tea plants DON’T like is to stay below 32 degrees for a week. But since the temperature in Charleston rises above 32 degrees every day, there’s no concern. We’ve had tea plants on the island since 1799 and they’re doing just fine.

The Charleston Tea Plantation did lose power, but luckily it happened after hours and was restored before our brave guests arrived the next morning.

For those who got to see the winter wonderland of tea plants, you should know just how rare this occurrence truly was!

Cara Valentine
Business Manager
The Charleston Tea Plantation

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Spring Training Begins! Bigelow Tea Pays Homage to America’s National Pastime

People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball.
I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.

Rogers Hornsby

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The “whoosh” of air when the batter swings; the crisp, crack of the bat; that pop when the ball meets the catcher’s glove; the deafening roar of the crowd with the first home run. These are the glorious sounds of America’s pastime – Baseball.  And, yes, Spring Training has officially begun!

The history of spring training dates back to 1870, when the first baseball camp was held in New Orleans, featuring exhibition games between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Chicago White Stockings. By 1901, it was an established annual training ritual.

Each spring, National league teams (and fans) headed out of town to train and be evaluated. Florida and Arizona became the joint capitals of spring training and, in the mid-to-late 1940’s the Cactus League (in Arizona) and the Grapefruit League (in Florida) were born. Each year, eager Americans await the release of the spring training schedule, so that they can watch and cheer their favorite team.

We are avid baseball fans here at Bigelow Tea. We’re also delighted that some of Baseball’s finest are fans of Bigelow Tea! Longtime Bigelow friends Terry Francona (Manager of the Boston Red Sox) and Joe Torre (Manager of the LA Dodgers) are Green Tea aficionados, and more than that, they’re part of our Bigelow Tea family.

Enjoy this tea chat among friends featuring Joe Torre, Phil Simms and Terry Francona!

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So happy spring training, and lets “Play Ball!”

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The Great One Loves Olympic Hockey, and Bigelow Green Tea!

wayneWayne Gretzky is best known for his professional hockey prowess, but the Great One also played an historic role in Olympic Hockey with several Canadian National Hockey teams; first as a star player on the 1998 Olympics Team, and then as team manager for the 2002 and 2006 Olympic squads. And it was that 2002 team, with The Great One leading the charge, which struck Olympic Gold in Salt Lake City, winning Canada’s first Olympic gold medal for Hockey in 50 years–to the day! Now Gretzky has made history again by lighting the 2010 Winter Olympic Flame in Vancouver, B.C.!

Gretzky has spent many hours, days, and years on the ice so it should be no surprise that he enjoys a brisk cup of hot Bigelow Green Tea! It was just this last December that Wayne Gretzky became Bigelow Tea’s newest spokesperson, a member of the exclusive Bigelow Tea Family of superstar competitors from the sports world, that take great pleasure in their Bigelow Tea!

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Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

From his heady days as an Edmonton Oiler and four Stanley Cup championships, to his success with the Los Angeles Kings and ending his career as a proud New York Ranger, Gretzky has impressed hockey fans with his unmistakable and unique style. With his teams, he broke countless hockey records and set a new standard for the sport. As you follow the 2010 Olympic Hockey players, and all of your favorite athletes during these Winter Olympic Games, be sure to keep warm with (several) cups of Bigelow Tea, right along with the Great One!

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Additional Studies on the Benefits of Green Teaa!

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Green tea is perhaps the most widely consumed tea of all. Bigelow Tea, always an enthusiastic advocate of the beverage, features a wide selection of green tea, showing our belief in its natural assets. Here’s an update on some of what we’ve found about the healthful properties in tea:

Youthfulness

Let’s face it; we all want to drink from the fountain of youth. The EGCG present in green tea, according to a recent study by Stanford University, can help to diminish Acne Rosacea, and reduce pore size – refining the skin. Dubbed “The Skin Tea,” green tea also contains Riboflavin which helps repair and protect cells in the hair and nails. So drink it and bathe in it. Yes, bathe! Green tea baths are a fabulous way to invigorate the skin. Just throw some tea bags into your bath, light a few candles (for ambiance) and relax.

Energy

Image Courtesy of Greenteainformation.org

Image Courtesy of Greenteainformation.org

When you’re more alert, you’re more energetic. Perhaps that’s why college students favor green tea as a study aid: L-theanine, found in green tea, helps stimulate alpha brain waves, helping you stay alert (but relaxed) and able to study for long hours. Additionally, studies have shown that catechins found in green tea help physical endurance, making it a popular beverage among athletes.

Longevity

And the fountain of tea runneth over…medical research published in association with JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) indicates that the EGCG in green tea also helps the immune system  fight disease and cell decay. And further research – a study with 40,000 participants over 11 years – informs us that drinking one cup of tea a day may have a positive effect on the risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The benefits of green tea continue to be studied, and Bigelow Tea will keep you informed!



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Sweet! Bigelow Tea Brings Home a Taste of The Big Easy

Mardi Gras is an exciting time of year for people worldwide. In the United States, Mardis Gra is synonymous with New Orleans and the old south, where the institution represents many culinary traditions.

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The season begins with Carnivale, which is celebrated through the weeks leading up to, and culminating with Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), signaling the end of Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday is celebrated on February 16th this year.

And in 2010, New Orleans added the charged atmosphere of a win in Super bowl XLIV to the Mardi Gras mix as well, a busy celebration time for all of New Orleans!

At Bigelow Tea we have an affinity for cities like New Orleans that have rich, diverse history and a lively culinary soul.

New Orleans truly is a culinary city that loves to eat, whether in one of its famous restaurants or at home with recipes handed down, from generation to generation. This melting pot of French, Spanish, and Caribbean cooking all blends to create Creole Cuisine, one of the tastiest, and spiciest, styles of cooking around!

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Image Courtesy of jimhillmedia.com

And what’s the best way to cool down after a spicy Creole meal? With a big glass of traditional southern sweet tea! The locals down south prefer their tea iced and sweet; Sipping a glass of refreshing iced tea is something that we at Bigelow Tea are always big fans of.

So wherever you’re celebrating Mardi Gras this year, be sure to bring the spirit of New Orleans into your kitchen with some spicy Creole cooking, and a big pitcher of sweet tea!

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President’s Day And The Presidency: Steeped In Tea

Did you know that the federal holiday known as “Presidents Day,” celebrated on the third Monday of every February, is officially “Washington’s Birthday?” Even so, many states call their own celebration Presidents Day.

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It was 1880 when the idea of adding George Washington’s date of birth to the existing holidays (New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, and Christmas) was signed into law. Adding Washington’s Birthday as a federal holiday was both a popular and unprecedented idea. At first, it only applied to workers in the District of Columbia.  It wasn’t until 1885 it extended to all federal workers in the thirty-eight states.

There was an attempt in 1968 by the US Congress to officially change “Washington’s Birthday” to “President’s Day,” but this suggestion died in committee.  In any event, the day is an excellent opportunity to highlight the flavorful influence that tea has had on our American experience, back to before independence from Great Britain.

Our country is indeed richly steeped in an association with tea and tea drinking Presidents: from the colonies’ commercial ties to the East India Company, to the revolutionary Boston Tea Party, and to our tea-loving President Washington, who routinely enjoyed three cups of tea (no cream or sugar) every day.

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Fast–forward though 200 years of Presidential Teas at the White House, 43 presidents, and right up to 2010, where the 44th President Barack Obama chooses tea over coffee…at Bigelow Tea, we guess that if drinking tea is not a prerequisite for being President of the United States, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Why not continue the now distinctly American tradition and enjoy an extra cup today for the Holiday…and for some fun, take this short President’s Day quiz in honor of our founding fathers.

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Congratulations to Wayne Gretzky On the Honor of Lighting the 2010 Winter Olympic Flame!

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On behalf of my family and all of the employees at Bigelow Tea, I’d like to express our warmest congratulations to Wayne Gretzky on the honor of lighting the 2010 Winter Olympic Flame in Vancouver, B.C.

We are proud of Wayne as a representative of the Bigelow brand and his lifelong accomplishments in hockey. He is a true ambassador in so many aspects of his life and we are honored to call him a good friend!

Cindi Bigelow, President

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A Much Needed Vacation!

I’m going skiing for a week and I can’t wait! The last three weeks  have been non-stop, morning noon and night, its all good stuff but takes tons of energy. I’m looking forward to skiing, hanging out and some good conversation!

See you in a week,

Cindi

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