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Wine, chocolate, tea always good for memory

News4u-News Desk- However, if anyone thinks that they have got the licence to over-indulge during the festive season, should beware. According to scientists, the benefits wear off dramatically if people take more than half a glass of wine, four squares of chocolates or five cups of tea.

To reach the conclusion, Oxford University researchers examined more than 2,000 elderly people to measure cognitive performance.

They found that chocolate, wine and tea boosted the brainpower of those aged 70 to 74, reports the Daily Express.

Wine was most effective, with better performances after just a tipple.

It has long been claimed that people who consume a lot of flavonoids- present in the food and drinks studied - show lower signs of dementia.

But while the new findings support this theory, researchers still can”t explain why.

Professor David Smith, who led the work, said improvements were limited to a maximum level each day.

“They had got better results depending on how much they consumed, although it did plateau,” he said.

Over-indulging in alcohol could encourage dementia, as well as a host of other health problems, he warned.agencies

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Blending Scotch whisky with Darjeeling tea

News4u - Features Desk : Although willing to experiment with exotic flavours Indians still prefer drinks with an Indian touch, even if it means having an unorthodox cocktail of Scotch whisky and Darjeeling tea, says an international whisky connoisseur.

“A cocktail made by mixing whisky with tea is catching up fast in India. I was quite surprised when I noticed this as Indians already consume lot of tea here, so I thought they will not like such type of a cocktail. But I think they prefer an Indian touch in their drinks,” says whisky expert Stephen Marshall.

Boozing around 120 million cases annually, India is one of the world’s largest consumers of whisky. Having tasted the best of the spirits across countries, the Scottish connoisseur, who is also the global brand ambassador for Dewar’s whisky, says the combination remains one of his favourites. (PTI)

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Tea, coffee, milk best healthy beverages

News4u – News Desk : A research has described old-school beverages-tea, coffee and low fat or chocolate milk-as the best elixirs for nutrition, health and workout recovery. 

Research indicates that tea strengthens the body’s immune system, reduces buildup of plaque on arterial walls, and aids in the control and prevention of diabetes.

Tea is an antioxidant-rich beverage containing more polyphenols than many fruits and vegetables, according to the study.

Besides being rich in compounds that combat cell-damaging oxidative stress, tea has a chemical makeup that includes enzymes, carbohydrates, protein, and lipids.

Oxidative stress is a molecular imbalance that interferes with the body’s ability to detoxify harmful compounds leading to cellular damage and is associated with chronic health problems such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, dementia, and even cancer.

Packed with compounds that protect cells from oxidative stress, tea has emerged as a natural dietary aid to lower the risk of these ailments.

Like tea, coffee is packed with polyphenols, and it actually has a higher content of antioxidants than green or black tea and other beverages such as fruit and vegetables juices.

Researchers suggested that coffee consumption can lower cardiovascular risks as well as lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 50 per cent.

Coffee also appears to have a positive effect on neurological diseases with coffee consumption possibly reducing the risk of both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings also detail the benefits of whole, low-fat, and chocolate milk when it comes to overall nutrition, bone density, weight loss, muscle-building and more. ANI

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Govt provides Rs 49 cr subsidy for tea gardens till Nov

News4u-Business Desk-The government said that it has provided nearly Rs 49 crore subsidy till November 2009 under the special purpose tea fund for redeveloping old tea gardens.

The Rs 48.69 crore has been used to replant 9,902 hectares and rejuvenate 3,685 hectares of old tea gardens.
The government had set up the special purpose tea fund (SPTF) on 1st April, 2007, with the objective of large scale replanting/rejuvenation of old tea gardens for improving their production and productivity, an official statement said.
Under the scheme, the government provides 25 per cent of the cost of replanting or rejuvenation of a unit as subsidy and 50 per cent as loan. The rest has to come from the beneficiaries.
The mission of the scheme is to redevelop 2.12 lakh hectares of uneconomic tea areas.

It was proposed that during the 11th Plan-Period, replantation and rejuvenation would be done on 56,795 hectares and 14,075 hectares respectively.
India produced 90.53 million kg of tea in November 2009, up from 89.65 million kg produced in the same month previous year.

Exports rose by 23 per cent to 19.2 million kg compared to 15.6 million kg in November 2008.

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Elephant herd strays into tea garden

News4u-News Desk-Malbazar (WB), ) An elephant herd damaged a tea estate in Malbazar block of Jalpaiguri district today as frightened garden labourers fled after the incident.
Forest officials said 22 elephants entered into Nepuchhapur tea estate when some locals pelted stones.
The herd had strayed from nearby Apalchand forest range into the area last night possibly in search of food.
While forest personnel were trying to drive the elephants towards the forest range this morning, a section of the large crowd suddenly started pelting stones at the herd, which included two elephant calves.
This infuriated the herd which then trooped into the tea garden trampling the plantation and razing to the ground some of the nearby huts in the process.
However, the forest workers prevented the animals from heading towards the labourer’s colony nearby. There is no report of any injury so far.

News4u-News Desk-Malbazar (WB), ) An elephant herd damaged a tea estate in Malbazar block of Jalpaiguri district today as frightened garden labourers fled after the incident.

Forest officials said 22 elephants entered into Nepuchhapur tea estate when some locals pelted stones.

The herd had strayed from nearby Apalchand forest range into the area last night possibly in search of food.

While forest personnel were trying to drive the elephants towards the forest range this morning, a section of the large crowd suddenly started pelting stones at the herd, which included two elephant calves.

This infuriated the herd which then trooped into the tea garden trampling the plantation and razing to the ground some of the nearby huts in the process.

However, the forest workers prevented the animals from heading towards the labourer’s colony nearby. There is no report of any injury so far.

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