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Arunachal “tea lady” reason behind vanishing opium cultivation

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Guwahati: A native of a village in Arunachal Pradesh also called ‘tea lady’ by many, is successfully leading people to give up cultivation of opium on their land.

Affectionately called ‘tea lady’, Basamlu Krisikro, a resident of the remote Wakro village in Lohit district, started tea plantation nine years ago. Her reason was purely personal.

In 2009, her mother was detected with lung cancer and after a successful operation in Mumbai, doctors advised her a regular dose of organic green tea.

A post graduate from Delhi University, Krisikro, who is in her early 40s now, had to go to neighbouring Assam often to fetch organic green tea. It was then that she decided to grow it in her backyard.

Today, many families in Lohit district who were earlier cultivating poppy or opium have followed the path shown by her.

Conventional tea cultivation has been prevalent in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh for ages. But it was not popular in eastern districts of the state such as Lohit, Anjaw, Tirap and Changlang — which share international borders with China.

Famous for its biodiversity, Arunachal Pradesh shares international borders with Myanmar, China and Bhutan. However, the eastern districts of the hilly state are notorious for opium cultivation, which is a cash crop and fetches huge profits to the farmers.

“The eastern districts, particularly my area (Wakro), has been known for orange plantation in the past,” said Krisikro.

“However, the orange production declined significantly over the last several years for reasons not known, forcing the once orange orchard owners to take to opium cultivation in a big way.

“This opium gave them an alternative sustainable source of income and an addiction too,” said Basamlu.

Krisikro and a medical practitioner, Nayil, took it upon themselves to convince people that tea plantation could be an alternative source of sustainable income.

“We also motivated the opium cultivators to replace their fields with small-scale tea plantations. And it did wonders. Within a year, at least, a dozen of them turned into small tea growers,” said Basamlu whose one hectare tea plantation in 2009 has been extended to five hectares now.

Only 12 grams of opium could fetch Rs.650 and one needs to invest only Rs.7,000 for opium cultivation in one hectare of land, which yields about six to seven kg of opium, said Basamlu.

In Wakro alone, there are 12,000 to 13,000 opium cultivators.

“It’s really sad to see that the consumption of opium, especially among the youth, is eating away the vitals of our society,” she said while expressing happiness that about 12 families in Wakro have totally given up opium cultivation for tea plantation.

She recently set up a tea processing unit so that the new tea planters in Wakro could supply their produces easily.

“Last year, I produced about 3,000 kg of orthodox and organic green tea and my buyers include people from India and abroad,” she said.

She said that she had approached the Arunachal Pradesh government several times seeking its intervention to stop the opium cultivation, but to no avail.

“There has been no good response from the government. I tried but failed. Had there been intervention by the government to popularize the tea plantation and as an alternative to opium cultivation, the situation would not have been so bad,” she said.(IANS)

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6 Reasons Why Green Tea Should Be a Part of Your Everyday Life:What Makes It So Healthy?

You must have been advised to quit eating fast food, and soda beverages. Here we provide you with reasons that will convince you to switch from high caffeinated beverages to green tea for a healthier lifestyle!

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Green tea is the second most consumed beverage.
Green tea is believed to have therapeutic intervention to cure a variety of diseases. Pixabay
  • Green tea is a healthier option in comparison to fizzy and caffeinated drinks
  • Green Tea is known to relieve stress and solve several health problems
  • Researchers claim it can help alleviate insulin resistance, cognitive impairment, and fight allergies 

New Delhi, August 30, 2017: Coffee and black tea have long featured as preferred beverage options for a lot of people. However, rising awareness about the need to improve lifestyles has led to increased consumption of healthier alternatives such as green tea. The antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties of green tea address several health issues – ranging from bad breath to blood pressure. There are many health & skin benefits of green tea, let’s tal about it.

In fact, given our sedentary lifestyle and increased intake of fast foods, green tea is today more important than ever. A recent study published online in The FASEB Journal suggests that green tea could help alleviate insulin resistance and cognitive impairment induced by high-fat and high-fructose diets. Some studies also suggest that it can help fight off allergies.

Here are some additional benefits of green tea:

  • Curbs cholesterol: A high level of cholesterol in the body can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Green tea contains catechins that are known to reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the body which causes plaque in the arteries, leading to a blockage. This is one of the best benefits of green tea
  • Promotes healthier skin: Green tea is known for its rich content of antioxidants and anti-aging elements. These can help delay signs of skin aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Regular consumption of green tea flushes out unwanted toxins from the body, thereby helping you have healthy skin. one of the skin benefits of green tea.
  • Relieves physical and mental fatigue: According to estimates by the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 450 million people suffer from stress worldwide. Green tea contains polyphenols that help reduce stress, boost energy and improve mental focus. The various antioxidants that are present in green tea also have a calming effect on the mind and body, which helps in creating a positive mood.
  • Builds immunity: Green tea contains compounds such as polyphenol and flavonoids which boost your immune system. These phytoconstituents act as antimicrobial agents, thereby helping the body fight against infection as well. Moreover, the antioxidants in green tea strengthen and protect the immune system against compounds known as free radicals, which are known to harm living cells and tissues.

ALSO READ: Now You can Fight Memory Loss With Green Tea, Says New Research

  • Helps in removal of phlegm: Green tea contains polyphenols which have potent anti-bacterial properties that fight against infections and reduce the formation of phlegm. For best results, prepare some green tea and add a little honey to it before drinking it.
  • Helps detox your body: Detoxing one’s body helps improve metabolism. Green tea refreshes, hydrates and cleanses the body of unhealthy toxins. The catechins in green tea improve the fat metabolism and reduce toxic effects on the liver. It reduces pressure on the liver, which is the body’s major detoxing organ. Moreover, it also detoxifies and purifies the whole body because of its rich antioxidant properties.

So now that you are aware of the all vital benefits of green tea, it is time to switch from high caffeinated beverages to green tea for a healthier lifestyle. (IANS)

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Green Tea Can Help You to Deal With Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth are highly sensitive to that hot or cold drink, then here's a good news !

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Aug 08, 2017: Researchers have developed a new formula made with an extraction from green tea that can fix the problem of highly sensitive teeth as well as help prevent cavities.

Let’s see how Green Tea can deal with tooth sensitivity & prevents cavities:

  • The findings of the research showed that green tea extract epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) stood up to tooth erosion, abrasive brushing and prevented biofilm formation.
  • When the protective layers of teeth are worn away, a bony tissue called dentin is exposed. This tissue comprises microscopic hollow tubes that allow hot and cold liquids and food to contact the underlying nerve endings in the teeth, causing pain. Unprotected dentin may also cause cavity formation.

Cui Huang from Wuhan University in China and colleagues wanted to see through sensitivity issues and beat the bacteria at the same time. They took nano-hydroxyapatite and EGCG, which was shown to fight streptococcus mutans that form biofilms causing cavities, mentioned in ANI.

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These ingredients were combined with the mineral silica nanoparticles, which can stand up to acid and wear and tear.

They tested this formula on extracted wisdom teeth and found that it plugged the dentin tubules.

Dr. Tim Bond from health group The Tea Advisory Panel said, green tea compounds also act as a natural breath freshener, reports ANI.

Furthermore, the researchers noted that the catechins (such as EGCG) stop adhesion of sugar containing materials – the basis of plaque, upon which bacteria feed – producing acids which accelerate erosion of the tooth surface.

– Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Now You can Fight Memory Loss With Green Tea, Says New Research

Tired of eating almonds for better memory? Now you can sip a cup of refreshing green tea for improved memory and more!

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Green tea is the second most consumed beverage.
Green tea is believed to have therapeutic intervention to cure a variety of diseases. Pixabay
  • Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world.
  • Researchers believe green tea is a more acceptable alternative to medicine

CHINA, July 30, 2017 : Here’s news to turn your week into a Wellness Week! If you like tea, and are also on the lookout for a healthier lifestyle, then now is the perfect time to switch to green tea. Adding to its countless benefits, a latest research has now revealed that green tea can help improve memory and insulin resistance in the brain.

Northwest A&F University, in Yangling, China recently conducted a research which suggested that EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), the most abundant catechin and biologically active compound found in green tea could lessen high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD)-induced insulin resistance and cognitive impairment.

EGCG has the potential to improve insulin resistance, which is a precursor of type II diabetes. Insulin resistance occurs when insulin levels are sufficiently high over an extended period of time and is in turn, associated with a higher risk of developing heart diseases.

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An ancient beverage in Southeast Asia, Green tea has been long touted to boost immunity, keep the heart healthy and reduce risk of multiple diseases. Made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, it is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and is grown in 30 countries.

“The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity, insulin resistance and memory impairment,” believes Xuebo Liu from Northwest A&F University, in Yangling, China, reports IANS.

THE RESEARCH

For the research, the team divided three-month old male mice into three groups that were each fed differently,

  1. A standard diet
  2. An HFD diet
  3. An HFD + EGCG diet

The mice were then monitored for 16 weeks and tested on a range of parameters, like a water maze memory test.

The study revealed two major findings,

  • The group fed with HFFD had an elevated final body weight than the control mice, and a considerably higher final body weight than the HFFD+EGCG mice.
  • The HFFD+EGCG group had a much lower escape latency and escape distance than the HFFD group on every test day. 

Consistent with these results, the study established that consuming EGCG prevented HFFD-evoking memory impairment and neuronal loss (which is more commonly known as brain drain).

The research has been published in The FASEB Journal, and is also available online.

Benefits of green tea & It’s healing properties:

  1. Promotes weight loss
  2. Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  3. Relieves stress and depression
  4. Boosts immune system
  5. Improves oral health
  6. Reduces risk of diseases like type 2 Diabetes, Skin Cancer and Neurological diseases

Also Read: Skin Benefits Of Green Tea

– by Soha Kala of NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala

 


 

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