In an age where everyone is more self conscious about their health, supplements and super foods have become ever so popular. One of these foods is green tea, green tea is cheap and beneficial in nearly every single aspect. It’s first use as a beverage of any kind, medicinal or regular, is dated back to 4 000 years in Ancient China. Around the same time the herb was also used in other parts of Asia such as Japan, Thailand and Vietnam. At first it was used for medicinal purposes such as helping with constipation, helping some wounds heal and a few other small medical issues. But soon the tea was drank by pretty much anyone because of it’s naturally great taste and all round benefits. We can go on and on about green tea’s benefits and uses but here are some interesting facts about it.
- There has been lots of researches by the FDA(Food and Drugs Administration) about Green tea and tea in general’s effect on cancer prevention. Though most results prove inconclusive, a small amount of the limited studies point towards generally a good effect of green tea on cancer. The research suggests it will lower the risk of some types of cancer.
- This one date backs to Ancient China, green tea will lower your blood pressure if it’s high but this will only work if consumption is regular, regular in this case means at the very least daily for 30 days. There is also a new research by the Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics that green tea that despite being good for high blood pressure patients it may interfere with their medicine. Taking the blood pressure medicine with green tea is not advised.
- A lot of people take green tea bags from the grocery store but the fact is that it contains a lot less antioxidants than buying a herb variety and brewing it yourself. A commercial green tea bag will have 3 milligrams of antioxidants while the herbs will have 150 milligrams, the difference is huge.
- A lab research on animals showed that green tea slows down the effects of Alzheimer and Parkinson’s. Both disease will result in brain cells dead but green tea chemicals help stop the destruction and even in some case renew brain cells.
- The anti oxidant and anti inflammatory chemicals in green tea also help with skin issues such as wrinkles, acne and it can also be used topically to heal sunburns.
Those are some facts about green tea, the internet would suggest green tea cures everything but a lot of it is false and the research inconclusive. Researching green is hard because of the amount of variables. The herb itself can be from a different genus, the brewing method, the bioavaibility of the chemicals(not all leafs have the same amount of compound) and therefore be careful about what you read about green tea as great as it is it doesn’t cure everything.
Rice is a staple of human nutrition, it is one of the most consumed foods in the world. Just by numbers it is probably the highest because of the strong rice culture in highly populated countries such as China and India. Both those countries are also the main producers of rice thus it being so cheap and popular there. Rice is also one of the most ancient parts of human diet, historians suggest it being more than 5000 years old with first use being located in China. In China, the word for rice is the same word for food that’s how ingrained it is in their food culture. Why is rice so popular? It might have something to do with the variety of rice producible. Nearly all the countries that produce rice have their own variety, there is the Chinese black rice, Thai rice, Basmati rice from India and […] Continue Reading…
If there was one thing that has changed the lives of humans most drastically, it might aswell be salt. The oldest usage of salt might be impossible to indicate but the first mass production and trade start around 650 bc. Since then salt has been used in everything, for food, for chemistry, for medicine, for gardening and much more. First thing to know is that there are two sort of salts, rock salt and sea salt. Rock salt has been a massive center point of history, where some of the biggest cities in antiquities were ones with salt mines around. In england, before the massive use of salt Liverpool was a small port town but with the discovery of a salt mine it went on and became one of the busiest ports in the northern west. So thats a brief summary of salt and how valuable it was. Here […] Continue Reading…
This isn’t about fashion of the current day but of a time long ago. Fashion has a tendency of changing very quickly, comparing fashion from 5 years ago is even absurd now imagine comparing fashion from centuries ago. It’s not something people think of when they are studying history but fashion has always been there and has had some quite interesting trends. Here are a few fun facts about ancient fashion.
One of the first pieces of clothing humans wore was footwear. Footwear was common among humans even long before they ever wore anything on their upper body. Footwear in the middle ages back a staple but not always for the right reasons. Footwear was used to protect the feet but also to show social status. As there were many different kinds of footwear, the most common was something less like footwear but more like current day socks. Also in […] Continue Reading…
World wonders are the highest achievements of human creativity and human invention. They are so unique that most people will atleast dream to see one of them in the flesh.
World wonders are a things that keep changing since there are so many wonders on this earth. They have to be voted in and sometimes their beauty fades because of time or human activity. Here are a few facts about the world wonders that were and are.
Mount Everest is known as the sommet of the earth, the most treacherous mountain with the highest peak. But there is a time of the year where it is surpassed by it’s neighbour K2. During the spring, because of the heavy rain on the k2 area, k2’s peak because higher than Everest itself but this lasts only a few weeks every year.
The Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful structures made by man and […] Continue Reading…
Ancient Egypt was once considered the crown of ancient civilisation even among the Roman and Hellenic empires. A paradise in the middle of the desert, it was said to be. It wasn’t only known for it’s beauty but it’s unique and exotic culture. It was one of the first civilization that was built by slaves, entire cities, entire monuments built by slaves. It had many interesting things about it, some thought to be just lore and not based on actual evidence. Here are a few interesting facts about Ancient Egypt.
The slave culture that is so present in Ancient Egypt was thought to be brought by the Greeks who crossed the Mediterranean. Unlike Ancient Greece, slaves weren’t only for personal use as house servants which was a common thing. They were used for much larger tasks, an organization would buy a huge quantity of slaves for accomplishing hard tasks. Such […] Continue Reading…
Fun Facts about Pigs
Pigs were once a different kind of animal entirely, they were called razorbacks and would hunt for food. After years of spending time in farms as livestock they become docile and lazy animals. They do have had some interesting evolutionary traits from scavenger to livestock here are some.
Pigs don’t look like much but they have been proven to be smarter than dogs and even some primates. Years of playing around hasn’t done much for their physical evolution but their brains have gained some extra cells.
Pigs are often considered dirty creatures because they stay on muddy surfaces and eat their own feces. Mud is usually cold because it is made thanks to the rain, this allows the pigs to cool themselves on it. That is why they are always rolling in it and spend most of their time. Pigs also eat their own feces but that is […] Continue Reading…
Religions have practically existed forever and many crazy things have happened due to it. It has shaped our current modern world to some extent. Not many traditions have lived as long as the ones religion has created. Here are some fun facts about religion and its effect on the world.
Through the late 17th till the 19th century, most of Portugal was owned by the church despite being a kingdom. Exploration hadn’t only filled the coffers of the royal family but also the catholic churches of Europe. This fact also meant that Portugal’s colonies were the most religious colonies as well.
Every year there are hundreds of one day marriages in Las Vegas where right after a divorce follows. This is mostly because Las Vegas has the most chapels per miles/square. It is ironic that the city of sin has more religious structures than anywhere else.
Pope Adrian VI had a death […] Continue Reading…
American animation has entertained millions around the world, from Walt Disney cartoons to Hanna Barbera cartoons. Some of these cartoons have gave us the most iconic entertainment characters of all time. Not only that but they have also stayed ageless, watching Tom & Jerry for a kid now or when it came out is still enjoyable. There are lots of little known facts about TV’s biggest shows, here are a few of them.
Charming Palestine Leader Yasser Arafat was a cartoon buff, he didn’t enjoy many other American things but he found a place in his heart for this lovable animated drawings.\
One of the greatest specials in Television history, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, has a fitting narrator. The man who played the role of Frankenstein, in the hit classic “Frankenstein 1970”, Borris Karloff, he was the voice of the narrator and mostly the only voice in that episode.
Disney has […] Continue Reading…
Fruits are one of the most important part of our diet. Knowing what they do and what benefits they bring is a great asset for anyone. They are somethings about fruits we do not know or at least we think we do but we don’t. Here are some little known facts about fruits.
Tomatoes are often thought to be a vegetable by the general consensus of the population but this is not true. Factually speaking tomatoes are fruits. The confusion arises because of cooks and scientists disagree with each other. Cooks treat tomato as a vegetable as it is used like on in many meals but scientist see it as a fruit as it biological is similar to one.
A lemon has more sugar than a strawberry or an orange. Lemons have 70% of sugar and strawberries only have 40%. This is weird because if one would go by the […] Continue Reading…