Tag: polyphenols

Flavinoids

Flavonoids, an aspect of the compound category of polyphenols, are present in practically all fruit and vegetable plants, and also in many herbs of the Chinese medicinal pharmacopeia. Flavonoids are starches that are soothing to the gastro-intestinal system, are anti-allergy, and elicit anti-viral activity. Flavonoids display their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects through compatible herbal interactions […]

‘The Three Friends of Winter’ 松竹梅 ☯

Pine, Bamboo and Plum are highly regarded for their steadfastness, perseverance and resilience, and known as The Three Friends of Winter. Painting by Zhao Mengjian 趙孟堅 [1199-1264] Song Dynasty. • “Peach and plum of springtime, don’t flaunt your pretty blossoms; Consider rather the old pine and green bamboo at year’s end. What can change these […]

Chinese Tea

  Tea has been enjoyed for millennia as a central aspect of culture, daily life, and health. China’s Yunnan province has pride in its lineage of tea plants, where the first tea plant survived the ice age. Cultivation of ceremonious tea drinking developed significantly in the Tang dynasty when Lù Yǔ 陸羽 composed the Cha […]

 
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