Greetings Brethren,

I saw many plants and fruit pleasing to eat. However none came from man but from the earth.

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal April 26, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Part 8: Plant Description Green Tea

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

The tea plant is a large shrub with evergreen leaves. It originally came from China, where it has been used for more than 5,000 years. Today, tea is grown throughout Asia and parts of the Middle East and Africa. Black tea is more common in the United States. But black tea is fermented and not as healthy as green tea. Green tea is unfermented. (Oolong tea is semi- fermented.)

What's It Made Of?

The leaf buds and young leaves make the best green tea. Tea contains the purine alkaloids caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine. The most important active ingredients are polyphenols, which are responsible for many of the therapeutic and preventive actions of green tea.

Available Forms

Most green tea products are sold as dried leaf tea. There are also extracts made from the leaves and leaf buds. Green tea has 300 to 400 polyphenols and 50 to 100 mg caffeine per cup. Decaffeinated green tea products contain concentrated polyphenols (60 to 89% total polyphenols).

How to Take It


Three cups of green tea per day (3 g soluble components, or 240 to 320 g polyphenols)

or 300 to 400 mg per day of standardized green tea extract (extracts should contain 80% total polyphenols and 55% epigallocatechin) is the recommended dosage. Capsules and liquid preparations are also available.


Limit your intake of green tea if you have a sensitive stomach, cardiovascular complications, kidney disorder, overactive thyroid, or tendency toward a spasm. If you're prone to anxiety attacks, be careful drinking tea or any caffeinated beverage.

If you take more than 1.5 g of tea every day over a long period of time, you might develop serious symptoms. This much caffeine can cause irritability, insomnia, heart palpitation, and dizziness. You may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches, and you might lose your appetite. If you are drinking a lot of tea and start to vomit or have abdominal spasms, you may have caffeine poisoning. Lower your caffeine intake and see your health care provider if your symptoms are severe. The side effects of drinking too much tea are usually not fatal.

Possible Interactions

Green tea may increase the effectiveness of beta-lactam antibiotics by reducing bacterial resistance to treatment. Consult your healthcare provider before using green tea if you are currently taking these antibiotics.

The combination of green tea and chemotherapy medications, specifically doxorubicin and tamoxifen, increased the effectiveness of these medications in laboratory studies. These results have not yet been demonstrated in studies with human subjects. You should consult with your healthcare provider before using green tea if you are currently being treated with either doxorubicin or tamoxifen.

Green tea should not be taken with warfarin, a blood-thinning medication. Green tea contains Vitamin K, which diminishes the effects of warfarin. There has been at least one report of an interaction between these substances that decreased the effectiveness of warfarin. If you are currently taking warfarin, you have probably been counseled to minimize your intake of substances containing vitamin K, including green tea.


Herbalists worldwide consider garlic one of the most important herbal medicines. It has been used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. However, the pungent odor of garlic, which is offensive to some people, is noticeable on your breath and even your skin after you eat it. The construction workers who built the Egyptian pyramids ate large amounts of garlic to protect themselves from diseases. Gravediggers in early, eighteenth-century France drank a concoction of crushed garlic in wine to keep them from getting a plague that killed many people in Europe. During both World Wars I and II, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene.

For years, people have taken garlic to help prevent atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and high blood pressure, colds, coughs, bronchitis, gastrointestinal problems, and menstrual pain. Medical research shows that garlic can kill many types of bacteria, some viruses and fungal infections, and even intestinal parasites. Garlic is also an antioxidant and it can boost your immune system. Garlic may even help prevent cancer. Garlic is best known for its favorable effects on cardiovascular health. Garlic is effective in preventing and treating high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, arteriosclerosis, and respiratory infections such as colds and cough.

Plant Description

Garlic originally came from central Asia, and is now found throughout the world. Garlic is a perennial that can grow two feet high or more. The most important part of this plant for medicinal purposes is the compound bulb. Each bulb is made up of 4 to 20 cloves, and each clove weighs about 1 gram.

Cont. Part 9: Available Forms Of Garlic




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