The apple tree, native to Central Asia, produces a fruit known as the apple. It is from the Rosaceae (Rose) family, part of the Malus species. Apple is one of the most popular trees grown in the world with an estimated 7,500 different kinds in existence. In 2005, over 55-million tons of apples were grown globally.
Research has concluded apples may reduce the risk of cancer (colon, prostate and lung) and the peel of the fruit has been proven to increase skeletal muscle mass in animal testing. The studies also point to an increase of brown fat, a decrease in white fat, obesity, glucose intolerance and fatty liver disease in the same tests.
Apple peels contain various phytochemicals including quercetin, epicatechin and procyanidin B2. Apple juice concentrate increased the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in tests on mice. Other studies proved apple juice showed an “alleviation of oxidative damage and cognitive decline” and another test showed fruit flies lived ten percent longer when fed an apple extract diet compared to those on a normal diet.
Apple tea contains antioxidants (catechin and quercetin), minerals (magnesium, sodium and potassium), amino acids and vitamins (B, C and E) and is known to boost the immune system and fight various inflammations including arthritis. The soluble fiber and enzymes in apple are effective in cleansing the digestive tract and keeping it healthy while vitamins A and C work to improve the strength of the immune system. Citric acid and pectin provide the benefit of satisfying hunger and curbing appetite as well as lowering bad cholesterol levels. The antioxidants battle C-reactive proteins that are usually the cause of inflammation of various joints.
Apple tea may also be used to fight autoimmune and inflammatory issues including rheumatoid arthritis, polymyositis, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis more effectively than many commonly used medications intended to work against those disorders.
There are a few side effects to be aware of with the consumption of apple tea. It may interact with some medications as well as cause allergic reactions to those who may have sensitivity to the Rosaceae family. Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers should avoid the use of apple tea.
There are two popular ways to prepare apple tea. When using apple tea loose leaves, add one teaspoon of them to a cup of boiling water. Let this steep for three or four minutes. Strain to remove solids and pour into a mug, add the sweetener of your choice and enjoy. Honey is commonly used to enhance the flavor of apple tea.
Another method to prepare apple tea is to add dried slices of apple to freshly brewed black tea. Allow steeping for five minutes and add your favour sweetener. This method is commonly known as Turkish apple tea and is served with every meal in that country.
Honest Tea was founded in 1998 by two businessmen, Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff. The company, based in Bethesda, Maryland, produces a bottled organic tea. The product line produced by the company became very popular in a short period of time as the drinks consisted almost entirely of tea with a very small amount of sugar for sweetening.
The first year in business, 1998, saw Honest Tea pump out five different varieties of bottled tea that were carried at a local health food store. Tea production moved to a larger facility in Buffalo, New York and the company finished the year with sales totaling $250,000.
The second year saw distribution increase to a total of five outlets that produced sales of $1.1-million and the next year they introduced a line of tea bags and had a total of $1.9-million in sales. In 2001, Honest Tea products made with only certified organic ingredients made up half of their annual production. Sales for the year hit $3.2-million.
Honest Tea received a total of seven awards in 2002 including one for the best-selling bottled tea brand in the natural food industry with seven of the top ten best-selling varieties that year being Honest Tea products. The year ended with sales totaling $4.6-million.
By 2003 Honest Tea added a slightly sweeter line of drinks, which included the fair trade, certified Peach Oo-la-long, Green Dragon and a new formula of Lori’s Lemon drinks. The two new flavors proved to be the two most successful new drinks launched in the natural foods industry that year. Sales totaled $5.5-million.
The following year Honest Tea received full USDA organic certification on all products and introduced a new line of drinks under the PET logo. Sales for the year ended at $5.9-million.
In 2005 Honest Tea added white tea drinks to their PET and Glass lines and introduced a new Ade line (Cranberry Lemonade and Limeade), which helped to push the company’s annual sales to $9.6-million. A number of new teas were added in 2006 ($13.5-million in total annual sales) as well as in 2007 including a children’s product line called Honest Kids. Drinks in that target market included Appley Ever After, Berry Berry Good Lemonade, Goodness Grapeness, Super Fruit Punch and Tropical Tango Punch. Sales for the year were $23-million.
In 2008, Honest Tea’s 10th anniversary year, Coca-Cola purchased 40 percent of the company. More flavors were added and sales hit $38-million. In 2011 Coca-Cola bought the remaining 60 percent of the company.
The company currently produces a number of other drinks in addition to the Honest Tea line including Honest Splash which is a number of different bottled juice drinks and Honest Kids (originally launched in 2007) which are primarily juice drinks produced in individual pouches. There’s also the Honest Zero line of drinks that were introduced in February 2014. They are drinks that have zero calories and include green tea and lemonade. There’s also the Honest Fizz drinks that are soft drinks that have no calories and contain no sugar.
Corn has a long history as a food source in North America where it has been grown for thousands of years. It is also grown in Europe and South America and is rich in vitamins, minerals and natural sugars.
The silk, which is in actual fact identified as the stigmas of the plant, has been used in many medicinal ways while the kernels have also been consumed as a food source.
It was the Native Americans who started to use the corn silk for medicinal purposes. They used it as an effective remedy for various heart problems as well as for fighting outbreaks of malaria as well as in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
Corn silk tea is best known in contemporary times as a remedy for disorders related to the urinary tract and the antiseptic properties found in the tea have been successful in reducing pains and toxins in the kidneys and bladder. When used as a treatment for urinary tract infections, corn silk tea not only eases and eliminates the infection; it has properties that go to work to prevent future infections from forming. This brings a complete protective state to the entire urinary system, which keeps it working efficiently and promotes its health by fighting off bacteria that can develop into an infection of some kind. It also assists the body is eliminating excess water and has assisted with curing bedwetting in young children.
Corn silk tea is rich in vitamin K, which assists in stopping bleeding following childbirth and has been effective in the treatment of gonorrhea.
Gout and arthritis pain can be reduced by drinking corn silk tea and there are studies that have proven that to be fact. As corn silk tea reduces acids in the body, it relieves the aches and pains associated with arthritis. Other studies point to corn silk tea as an effective treatment for other joint conditions as well. Whatever ache or pain you can experience is said to be eased with the use of corn silk tea.
Those suffering from high blood pressure, or hypertension, will find corn silk tea as an effective remedy. The flavonoids are what do the work in regulating blood pressure and they also assist the body in controlling blood sugar levels, which is also beneficial to those with diabetes.
There are no known side effects associated with the consumption of corn silk tea and it is also considered safe for use with children. There is a reminder connected to the use of corn silk tea for those on medications to consult with your physician first before consuming corn silk tea. The concern is that there may be a reaction to certain medications.
To prepare corn silk tea boil one teabag of corn silk tea in a cup of water for ten minutes. Add the sweetener of your choice to taste. Corn silk tea is safe to drink at least three times a day and more often if it is being used to treat a urinary tract infection.