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Black tea helps support immune system, study shows

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK Black tea may be effective in boosting the body’s immune system, the Tea Council of the USA announced Monday, citing resent research.

According to published research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University, theanine, an ingredient found naturally in tea, helps boost the immune system. One cup of tea contains on average at least 20 mg of theanine. Drinking five cups of black tea a day in as little as two weeks boosted the body’s immune defense system by four times, according to the results of a human clinical trial.

Tea also contains flavonoids, which are naturally occurring compounds known for their antioxidant properties, the Council stated.

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Alacer names Emergen-C health drink mix sponsor of Burton snowboarding tour

BY Michael Johnsen

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. Alacer Corp., maker of the vitamin drink mix Emergen-C, on Friday announced its second year of its partnership with Burton as the Official Health and Energy Drink Mix Sponsor of the 2009 Burton Super Demo Tour and Burton U.S. Open—two competitive snowboarding events.

“It’s only natural that two brands with passionate, active fans come together to have fun on the mountain, and we’re thrilled to partner with Burton again this year,” stated Monica Sikorski, special event and promotions manager for Alacer. “We’re looking forward to offering big prizes, sampling fresh new flavors and getting riders ready to hit the hill all winter long.”

The sponsorhip includes the Emergen-C “Quest for the Ultimate Ride” Sweepstakes—featuring a grand price of Burton gear for two, $1,000 and tickets to the Burton U.S. Open, March 19-22 in Stratton, Vt.

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Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe team to present natural products at health fair

BY Michael Johnsen

HONOLULU Representatives from specialty retailers Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe are slated to showcase natural products Jan. 9 at this year’s “Celebrate Health” Community Health Fair here, the John A. Burns School of Medicine announced last week.

“The students felt strongly about hosting the fair in early January this year, because people are frequently motivated to improve their health as a New Year approaches,” stated medical student Brad Kamitaki, publicity chairman of the event. “That’s our goal—to help people start the year off healthfully.”

In addition to Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann and Hawaii Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona have accepted invitations to speak as the health fair kicks off at 12 p.m., in the school’s Medical Education Building Lobby at 651 Ilalo Street.

The fair is co-sponsored by HMSA and ALOHA CARE.

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