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A cup of Earl Grey 'as good as statins' at fighting heart disease, study finds
Telegraph ^ | 3/30/14 | Alice Philipson

Posted on 03/31/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT by Nachum

Drinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract - a key ingredient in the hot drink - is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol.

Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol.

They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease.

The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can have side effects in patients.

Researchers from Italy's University of Calabria, writing for the Journal of Functional Foods, used concentrations of HMGF on the proteins which cause heart disease and 'bad' cholesterol.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: cholesterol; earl; earlgrey; grey; heart; hmgf; statins; tea
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1 posted on 03/31/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: All

“Sleeper” Breakfast (1973)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFJopF6WJNw


2 posted on 03/31/2014 9:04:51 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum
wow....I know a lot of folks who have said..."scr** the statins...I'll take my chances...and they're just fine.

One of my arthritic friends said "sc*** this $3000 a month med thing" and is doing Cherry Juice.

3 posted on 03/31/2014 9:07:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum

Statins have caused me nothing but trouble, to the extent that I stopped taking them. I’ll try the tea; what have I got to lose?


4 posted on 03/31/2014 9:08:27 AM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: Nachum

Make it so.


5 posted on 03/31/2014 9:08:29 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior
Make it so.

And make it hot.
6 posted on 03/31/2014 9:09:06 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: GSWarrior

Tea, earl grey, hot!


7 posted on 03/31/2014 9:09:25 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Sacajaweau
Cherry Juice

My wife's grandmother, who lived to 101 swore by Cherry Juice. Drank it every day.

8 posted on 03/31/2014 9:09:53 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

Go to the International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics

http://www.thincs.org/index.php

Check out how many international doctors and medical researchers doubt the connection between cholesterol and heart disease.

You can still enjoy a cup of earl grey!
:-)


9 posted on 03/31/2014 9:12:04 AM PDT by Madam Theophilus
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To: Organic Panic
Tea, Earl Grey, Hot! AND MAKE IT A LOT !

10 posted on 03/31/2014 9:12:27 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Nachum
Worth a try, but probably needs more research. The article indicates they used concentrations of Bergamot, which is IN Earl Gray tea, but not whether the same concentrations are present in the tea. Also, they applied the Bergamot directly onto the proteins that are thought to cause cholesterol buildup, which is a bit difficult to do outside of the laboratory environment.
11 posted on 03/31/2014 9:12:54 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Is that a squeaky lobster?


12 posted on 03/31/2014 9:14:44 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Nachum

bookmark


13 posted on 03/31/2014 9:16:06 AM PDT by dadfly
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To: Madam Theophilus
My cholesterol was 240. BP 100/65 at age 40.

My doctor said to give up chips....I said..."both bags"...cuz that's more than I would eat in a year.

Now...Age 70....Cholesterol is 120. BP 108/68.

If I die, I die.

14 posted on 03/31/2014 9:23:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum

Stash makes Earl Grey with Double Bergamot, just excellent, your taste buds will thank you.


15 posted on 03/31/2014 9:24:44 AM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Sacajaweau

Whoops...Cholesterol is 240...the same as 30 years ago.


16 posted on 03/31/2014 9:25:03 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: pbear8
Stash makes Earl Grey with Double Bergamot

I just found it on Amazon.com. Thanks for the tip.

17 posted on 03/31/2014 9:29:02 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Nachum
cup of Earl Gray as good as statins

I'll take the satins and the hell with my cholesterol!

18 posted on 03/31/2014 9:32:15 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: pbear8

Ear Grey tea gives me a headache.
Can’t stand it.
Now Stash Chai, different story.


19 posted on 03/31/2014 9:32:51 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: beelzepug
If you are over 40 get an endocrine workup. If your endocrine system is out of balance you often have cholesterol problems.
20 posted on 03/31/2014 9:33:15 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Nachum

Don’t forget it works for Starfleet Captain work for anybody

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2IJdfxWtPM

Even Klingtons know it good for you LOL!


21 posted on 03/31/2014 9:35:25 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: pbear8

That my mom favorite YEAH LOL!


22 posted on 03/31/2014 9:36:01 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Sacajaweau
Whoops...Cholesterol is 240...the same as 30 years ago.

I take Red Yeast Rice to lower cholesterol. It contains a naturally occurring statin, but much less than one would get in a prescription. After a couple of months, I brought my total reading down from 233 to 197, with an increase in my "good" cholesterol.

23 posted on 03/31/2014 9:38:59 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Sans-Culotte

The combo of all my cholesterol numbers equates I’m in the best range. I always have high good chol....


24 posted on 03/31/2014 9:43:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: peteyd

For chai we use the Tazo concentrate or I make it from scratch.


25 posted on 03/31/2014 9:48:03 AM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: Nachum

Oatmeal keeps my cholesterol down below maximums, but it is nice to know there is another way besides statins to do the trick. I was prescribed statins several years ago and refused to take them after reading about the side effects.


26 posted on 03/31/2014 9:54:50 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: Sacajaweau

I am on my fourth statin. I got the leg muscle/aches from
generic simvastatin, Crestor & generic Lipitor. I am now on generic pravastatin, I think. I have lost track. I tried high doses of Niacin prior to those. My HDL has always been high as a percentage. It seems like the statin I am taking now is starting to bother me after being on it for close to a year.

What does the cherry juice do?


27 posted on 03/31/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: HerrBlucher

Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.


28 posted on 03/31/2014 9:56:07 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

How much Red Yeast rice do you take?

Is this something you can buy in a regular grocery store?


29 posted on 03/31/2014 9:59:45 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: beelzepug

Go get yourself some 1200gr lecithin capsules and prepare to be amazed.


30 posted on 03/31/2014 10:00:17 AM PDT by Salamander (SNEK!!!)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Six Hidden Health Benefits of Cherries

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/natasha-turner-nd/cherries-benefits_b_3757989.html

Tart cherries

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20705881_15,00.html

Tart Cherries or Sour Cherries
Health Benefits of Tart Cherry Juice

http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/TartCherries_HealthBenefits.htm


31 posted on 03/31/2014 10:00:45 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Nachum

I guess I’m going to live forever, drink the stuff all day when I’m home. I really like Taylors of Harrogate’s Yorkshire Earl Grey, anybody else have any “classic” favorite Earl Grey’s blend to recommend?


32 posted on 03/31/2014 10:14:37 AM PDT by LambSlave
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To: woodbutcher1963
How much Red Yeast rice do you take?

I take WEIDER RED YEAST RICE which I get at Costco. I take two caplets with breakfast and 2 with dinner. That's 1200 mg twice a day.

33 posted on 03/31/2014 10:18:20 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: OriginalChristian

Ping


34 posted on 03/31/2014 10:27:08 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: woodbutcher1963
He has arthritis. The pain has definitely lessened as I can tell by looking at him while doing things...and he concurs.

I don't know how old you are but there was a study saying older women with higher than norm chol is just fine. I think you have to look at the whole picture...BP, sugar & chol.

One of my buds WAS on statins...stopped taking them....same thing...leg/muscle cramps. He's 85.

35 posted on 03/31/2014 10:31:52 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum

You can buy bergamot oil, drop it into your gin if you don’t like tea.


36 posted on 03/31/2014 10:34:24 AM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Veto!

What a great idea! ... But I like Earl Grey Tea


37 posted on 03/31/2014 10:35:32 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Veto!

Ha. Love it.


38 posted on 03/31/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: Sacajaweau

have him try gin soaked raisins

yes, Terayza Kerry was right! they work

a spoonful a day


39 posted on 03/31/2014 10:57:22 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear; Salamander

Thank you both for your suggestions. The main side effect of atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) for me has been weakness and loss of muscle tone, and fatigue, which may just be related to the muscle weakness. I always prefer the treatment with the least amount of drugs if it will work for me.


40 posted on 03/31/2014 10:58:32 AM PDT by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: woodbutcher1963

Cherry Juice is more for arthritis.


41 posted on 03/31/2014 11:00:01 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: beelzepug

I finally quit the Statins (I was borderline anyway) and I’ll probably switch to Red Yeast Rice. Niacin really jacks up the HDL.


42 posted on 03/31/2014 11:01:20 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Nachum

I received an email on friday stating that my doctor had died at home in his sleep and another was taking over his patients.

He was younger then me!
He looked like he worked out. His website showed him surfing and had links to videos telling you about healthy living....

I think it was the healthy living that killed him or the steroids....


43 posted on 03/31/2014 11:13:30 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: beelzepug
You might want to talk to your doctor, there are three serious side effects to statins, Myositis, Elevated levels of CPK and Rhabdomyolysis. All of them have to do with the muscles and all are Very Bad Things.
44 posted on 03/31/2014 11:20:46 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: beelzepug

Get your blood tested by your doctor. Those side effects should not be ignored.


45 posted on 03/31/2014 11:27:14 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: MHGinTN
I worked for a Dutchman when you couldn't get real limey Earl Grey in the US. He had it sent from England, and it was outstanding.

This is from an American who can not stand the taste of hot tea. I like Iced tea but not Sweet Tea, sorry my Southern brothers, I drink it straight up no sugar or other artificial flavorings.

It had the most subtle flavor.

46 posted on 03/31/2014 11:50:20 AM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Little Bill

I drink lots of hot tea, sometimes double strength Earl Grey with French vanilla creamer, but usually just straight up. The packets the tea bags come in retain the wonderful scent days after taking the bag out for making tea. ... Bigalow is good tea, btw.


47 posted on 03/31/2014 11:53:28 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: LambSlave

My favorite Earl Grey teas- Bentley’s, Stash and Ahmed. I tried Teavana’s and couldn’t finish the cup. With Earl Grey, It’s either good or undrinkable for me.


48 posted on 03/31/2014 11:56:16 AM PDT by pops88 (Geek chick standing with Breitbart for truth)
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To: woodbutcher1963

Everyone who is concerned about cholesterol numbers needs to read “Grain Brain” by Dr Perlmutter. Lots about cholesterol and the function it plays in keeping your brain healthy.


49 posted on 03/31/2014 12:05:40 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: MHGinTN
Good God man TEABAGS, Heretic. A tea ball, loose Tea, and boiling water is the correct way. No additives please.
50 posted on 03/31/2014 12:06:36 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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