Daily Vitamin

The Importance of Daily Vitamin

Of course, there is no substitute for eating a balanced diet…

The Potential Immune Boosting Power of Elderberry

It may be surprising to learn that the flower and fruit of the Elder tree is one of the oldest medicines used by humans. Hippocrates, Pliny, and Dioscorides all wrote about this plant around 400 BCE. Elder has had more folklore attached to it than any other plant in Europe besides mandrake. Even today, Elder is one of the world’s most valuable plants for healing.

Elder (Sambucus nigra) is referred to as “Nature’s Medicine Chest” and has been valued by traditional herbalists and healers through the centuries as a remedy for many ailments, including colds, flu, and bronchial congestion. One quality of Elder is astringency. It tightens tissues within the body and also acts to stimulate circulation. 

According to legend in Europe, it was considered ill-advised to chop the branches of the Elder tree for fear that the Elder Mother spirit of the land inhabited the tree. To avoid invoking her wrath, woodcutters during Medieval times would recite a charm in order to appease her.

Indigenous Native American tribes had a wide variety of uses for Elder, including fever reduction and the expulsion of congestion in the lungs. They passed this knowledge along to immigrants to the New World. 

What is Elderberry?

There are approximately 30 different species of Elder that can be found throughout Europe, North America, Canada, and Alaska. These trees or leggy bushes flower in spring, and the berries are harvested in the fall.  

Elderberries are bluish-black to purple. The purple berries, which grow in clusters on the tree or thick brush, have been traditionally made into jellies, jams, or wine since the seventeenth century. The fruits of this plant contain natural sugars, tyrosine, hydrocyanic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. 

Traditional herbalists and healers have used a jelly or compote made of berries to treat sore throats and bronchial conditions. Elderberries can reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, support cardiovascular function, stimulate the immune system and potentially help reduce the length of cold or flu. 

Potential Benefits of Elderberry

Besides the potential immune-boosting qualities of elderberry, this powerful herb has also been used in the following ways.

  • As an antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • To support heart and cardiovascular function
  • Lowering cholesterol
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Anti-Cancer
  • Strengthening the Immune System
  • Supporting proper bowel function

Elderberry has shown apparent antiviral properties since antiquity and in modern scientific studies. In 2009, a group of researchers gave half of a small group of patients suffering from flu symptoms 175 mg of daily elderberry extract four times a day for two days. The other half of the group was given a placebo twice a day. Those in the placebo group had no alleviation of symptoms, and in fact, some worsened, while those given elderberry extract noticed a significant improvement and relief. The evidence from this and similar studies supporting the value of elderberry to boost immunity and address common cold and flu symptoms appear to be substantial.

While this herb has always been valued for its immune-boosting powers, during the Covid-19 pandemic, interest in elder or elderberry reached an all-time high. Unfortunately, despite belief that elderberry may be helpful for the virus, no scientific evidence supports that elderberry can treat or ward off Covid-19.

Elderberries are widely available in their raw form; however, it is definitely not a good idea to eat elderberries raw as they are potentially toxic. This toxicity is mainly because of cyanide-producing glycosides found within the fruit and seeds. Those who have consumed raw elderberries have reported nausea, dizziness, and stupor. This can make raw elderberries particularly dangerous to children. To make them safe, it is advised to cook and prepare them first. 

Experience Elderberry For Yourself

To gain the benefits that elderberry might offer, it is always best to only consume elderberry products obtained from a reputable source that knows how to process this powerful plant correctly. Our Sir Jason Winters Elderberry Gummy Vites are made from the highest quality ingredients and prepared to make it easy to boost your immune system without any guesswork.

Two of our Elderberry Gummy Vites contain 100 milligrams of all the goodness of elderberry fruit, added Vitamin C, and zinc citrate. These gummies will taste great whether you chew them or suck on them while you’re sick. They’re a tasty way to give yourself just that extra bit of an immune boost when you’re fighting off seasonal cold and flu.

Right now and for a limited time, you can get our Sir Jason Winters’ Elderberry Gummy Vites at substantial savings. A regular 90-count bottle of Elderberry gummies is priced at $24.95. You can get it now for just $9.95 for each bottle! You would save nearly 60% off the regular price! At this price, why not get a couple of bottles? With the cold and flu season on the horizon, these savings won’t last forever. 

Once the introductory offer is over, you can still get 5% off our regular-priced Elderberry Gummy Vites by taking advantage of our convenient subscription service. You decide whether you want to receive your supplements bi-weekly or monthly, and we will deliver them to your home, office, or anywhere you choose. 

Give yourself and those you love the gift of good health today with Sir Jason Winters!

Note: This product contains coconut oil. Do not take it if you are allergic to tree nuts. Please be sure to read the label or product description on our website to determine any potential allergens.

Disclaimer: The statements made in this blog have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Please note that all information provided on this website is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. Do not exceed the recommended dose of this or any other Sir Jason Winters product. Keep all dietary supplements out of the reach of children.

Resources

Bond, Carol. “Medicinal Qualities of Elder.” Medicinal Qualities of Elder. Dr. John R. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. Web. 28 July 2022.

Chevallier, Andrew. The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. London, England: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1996. Print.

Christopher, John. School of Natural Healing. 20th Anniversary ed. Springville, UT: Christopher Publications, 1996. Print.

Tierra, Michael, and David Frawley. Planetary Herbology: An Integration of Western Herbs Into the Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Systems. Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus, 1988. Print.

Wieland LS;Piechotta V;Feinberg T;Ludeman E;Hutton B;Kanji S;Seely D;Garritty C; L. “Elderberry for Prevention and Treatment of Viral Respiratory Illnesses: A Systematic Review.” BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. 26 July 2022.

Getting Your Daily Vitamin C With Sir Jason Winters Gummies

No doubt that for most of our lives, we’ve all heard the virtues of getting enough Vitamin C. You might have listened to your mother or grandmother talk about how getting enough Vitamin C helps prevent common illnesses such as the common cold or makes you feel better when you’re run down. 

In an earlier blog post, we discussed how you can keep yourself healthy with the power of Vitamin C. There are many reasons Vitamin C is so important in our daily diet. Even if you believe you are getting enough, daily stresses in our lives can make taking a vitamin supplement a good idea. 

Stress depletes this vital vitamin quickly! Vitamin C is essential in helping the human body boost its immune system and provides powerful antioxidants against free radicals we are exposed to daily. Do you know what happens when you get too little?

Vitamin C Deficiency in History

Even in ancient times, as early as 1550 BCE, the symptoms surrounding Vitamin C deficiency were described by ancient Egyptian and Greek physicians. Hippocrates called the disease ilios ematitis. The treatment for the disease was for the patient to consume foods such as onions, citrus fruits, and other vegetables, which we know today to be rich in Vitamin C.  

In the 1700s, James Lind, an acting physician with the British Royal Navy, observed the same symptoms such as bleeding gums, thin skin, and the appearance of ulcerations on the limbs that Hippocrates had noted thousands of years before. The disease lost its Latin name and got the name of scurvy.

Lind determined the sailors could restore their health by consuming lemons, limes, and oranges, but it wasn’t until the late 1920s that research about ascorbic acid was published and it became more widely known by the public as Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C has been the subject of much research since then. It was during the 1960s that the chemist, chemical engineer, and peace activist Dr. Linus Pauling and two colleagues founded the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine in Menlo Park, California. The institute was later renamed the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine and was where Dr. Pauling directed his well-known works on the values of Vitamin C as a potential help for the common cold, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer.

Signs of Vitamin C Deficiency 

In addition to the symptoms of a lack of Vitamin C noted by Hippocrates and James Lind, other signs of a Vitamin C deficiency may include:

  • Lowered immunity
  • Increased sensitivity to known allergens and the onset of new allergies
  • Depression
  • Bleeding gums
  • Anemia
  • Pain in the joints and limbs
  • Skin that is dull or easily bruised.

Eating foods rich in Vitamin C such as citrus, kiwi fruits, guava, pineapple, strawberries, onions, bell peppers, papaya, apricots, broccoli, and kale are just a few options. There are times, however, when fresh fruits and vegetables are less available. That’s when taking a daily Vitamin C supplement is the ideal solution to help boost your immune system.

How Can Vitamin C Help?

There is no shortage of foods with added Vitamin C or Vitamin C supplements on the market today. In a recent market report released earlier this month, the world Vitamin C market is estimated at some $1.55 billion in the U.S. alone. That amount is expected to increase with an estimated worldwide consumption of Vitamin C supplements and foods reaching some $15.5 billion by 2030.

Today, doctors and other healthcare professionals regularly recommend taking a daily Vitamin C supplement to boost immunity, lower high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, ensure good eye health, and the signs of aging. 

Introducing Sir Jason Winters Vitamin C Gummies

While it is easy to find a vitamin supplement to add to your daily routine as capsules, pills, drinks, or other products, one of the easiest ways of getting proper supplementation is through gummies. 

Unlike other Vitamin C supplements that can have a sour or acidic taste, Sir Jason Winters Vitamin C Gummies are chewable and pleasant tasting, making them very easy to take.

 

For adults, taking two Sir Jason Winters Vitamin C gummies each day, alone or with a meal, will provide 250 milligrams of Vitamin C. That’s 278 percent of the FDA’s recommended daily allowance.

Don’t take more than the daily recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers or children under the age of 18 should consult a doctor or other healthcare professional before this or any other dietary supplement. 

Our gummies are made with natural flavors and colors. Our customers who may have a tree nut allergy must note that our Vitamin C gummies and other gummies in the Sir Jason Winters supplements contain coconut oil. 

Now, for a limited time, you can get our new Vitamin C gummies at a fantastic introductory price. Our 90-count bottle of Vitamin C gummies, regularly priced at $24.50, is now available at significant savings for just $9.95 each! That’s nearly 60% off of our regular price! At such a great price, it’s incredibly affordable to buy a few bottles. Keep them on hand for the coming months, or give the gift of good health to friends or family.

Disclaimer:  The statements made in this blog have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Please note that all information provided on this website is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. Do not exceed the recommended dose of this or any other Sir Jason Winters product. Keep out of the reach of children. 

Resources

“Vitamin C Deficiency” by Dr. Maxfield Crane, National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Web. 

“Vitamin C: The Real Story” by Stephen H. Hickey, Ph.D. and Andrew Saul, PhD., 2008, Basic Health Publications, Laguna Beach, CA

Healthy Healing” by Linda Page, ND. PhD., 2000, Traditional Wisdom, Inc., New York, NY

How to Live Longer & Feel Better” by Dr. Linus Pauling, 1986, Avon Publishing, New York, NY

“The Healing Factor: Vitamin C, How to Live Longer & Better” by Irwin Stone, 2017, Amazon Books on Demand, Seattle, WA

Melatonin

Can A Melatonin Supplement Improve Sleep?

Everyday stresses can take their toll not only on how much we can get done every day, but can also affect whether we get a good night’s sleep. Melatonin plays a big role in how well our body goes to sleep.

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally within our bodies that helps us know when it’s time to sleep. This hormone, released by the pineal gland, helps the brain to determine the time of day and triggers our sleep response. As we get older, melatonin production declines. 

Because melatonin plays such an essential role in getting a good night’s rest, melatonin supplements have become increasingly popular in recent years.

What Does Melatonin Do?

Our bodies have an internal response that is triggered by light and darkness. This internal response is referred to as our circadian rhythm. If you have ever experienced jet lag or sleep deprivation while still feeling tired yet unable to sleep, it is likely because the circadian rhythms within your body have been disrupted. 

Researchers have found that using melatonin supplements can help normalize sleep patterns when used on a short-term basis. How melatonin does this is it reduces the amount of time that it takes to fall asleep. This is especially helpful if your sleep has been delayed for two hours or more. 

So far, researchers have found that a melatonin supplement has shown efficacy in improving sleep patterns of blind patients, those suffering from shift work disorder, patients with a history of chronic insomnia, and those who are suffering from sleepiness because of the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Melatonin also interacts with the body’s immune system. Researchers have found that the antioxidant properties found in melatonin might help the body ward off some illnesses such as viruses and bacterial infections. 

Why is getting adequate sleep so important?

Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential for everyone. Doctors recommend that anyone, especially over the age of 50, should get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to maintain good health.

Doctors and scientists have known for a long time that getting enough sleep can help prevent a host of other health disorders such as:

 

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders such as Alzheimer’s & dementia
  • Depression
  • Loss of Memory
  • Immunodeficiencies and increased susceptibility to colds, flu & other illnesses

In a recent report, researchers with the Sleep Foundation released a study that showed that because we are more prone to be exposed to light from televisions, phones, and other devices, it can affect our circadian

 rhythms and the natural production of melatonin in the body. 

Light at night or LAN may result in increased health risks, such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Scientists advise it’s a good idea to sleep with as little light as possible and to avoid charging any electronic devices next to where you sleep, for example, to avoid exposure to the blue light that can disrupt a sound sleep. 

How Can a Melatonin Supplement Help?

Melatonin is considered a “darkness hormone” that can help get a good night’s sleep. Scientific studies have shown that taking a melatonin supplement occasionally can be very effective at helping to ease some sleep disorders in both adults and children. 

While taking a melatonin supplement is generally considered safe, however, it is intended to be taken for short periods of time. If you find yourself becoming too reliant on melatonin to fall asleep, you may need to see a sleep specialist.

There is no official recommended dose when taking a melatonin supplement for adults. According to the Sleep Foundation, however, a good range is between 0.5 to 5 milligrams.  

Children and adults over the age of 55 should use extra caution when taking melatonin supplements. According to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), during the Covid-19 pandemic, poison control centers around the country noted an increase in the number of calls due to melatonin overdoses in children under the age of five. 

For these reasons, discussing with a physician or other healthcare professional is very important before taking melatonin or any other nutritional supplement.

Introducing Sir Jason Winters Melatonin Gummies

Here at Sir Jason Winters International, we know how important getting adequate sleep is for everyone. Sleep allows us to rest and our body to repair itself.  

Just two of our Sir Jason Winters Melatonin Gummies contain 5 milligrams of melatonin in a tasty form. Each gummy contains natural flavors and colors along with elderberry concentrate as an extra immune boost. 

For those times when your internal clock is a bit off, or you need just a little help to get to sleep, take two gummies a half hour before going to bed. 

Because we are so excited about this new product, we are offering our melatonin gummies at a special introductory price. Each bottle contains 90 of our melatonin gummies, regularly priced at $24.50 each, and is now available for a limited time for just $9.95!

You get a month’s supply of our delicious melatonin gummies made with the highest quality ingredients. Today we are proud to offer it to our customers at a price that will make you want to order more than one bottle!

Disclaimer: 

Please note that all information provided on this blog is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. No statements made herein have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Please do not exceed the recommended dose of this product. Keep out of the reach of children. Before consuming tea or any other natural health supplement, please consult your doctor.

Please note that this product contains coconut oil. If you are allergic to coconut, do not take this product.

Resources

Akhtar, Allanah. “5 Physical Signs You’re Taking Too Much Melatonin.” Yahoo! Yahoo!, 4 June 2022. Web. 28 June 2022.

Harguth, Anne. “Why Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?” Mayo Clinic Health System. The Mayo Clinic, 3 July 2018. Web. 28 June 2022.

Marie, Erin. “Light in Your Bedroom at Night Could Increase Your Risk of Three Serious Health Conditions.” MSN. 22 June 2022. Web. 28 June 2022.

Staff, Mayo Clinic. “Melatonin.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 03 Mar. 2021. Web. 29 June 2022.

Mindell, Earl, and Hester Mundis. Earl Mindell’s New Vitamin Bible. New York: Grand Central Life & Style, 2011. Print.

Apple Cider Vinegar Potential Benefits

It may surprise most people that humans have used apple cider vinegar for more than 10,000 years for various home and healing purposes.  

According to Dr. Earl Mindell, Hippocrates, one of the fathers of modern medicine, advised the use of apple cider vinegar in 400 B.C.E. to treat a variety of illnesses. Even with such high praises from such a venerable healer, apple cider vinegar was used even earlier in ancient Egypt in approximately 3000 B.C.E. and in ancient Babylon as early as 5000 B.C.E. Vinegar is even mentioned in the Bible four times in the Old Testament and four times in the New Testament. 

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Anytime an alcoholic beverage has an alcohol content greater than 18 percent, it can be made into vinegar. A naturally occurring bacteria known as acetobacter aceti can convert the alcohol into acetic acid, the formal name for vinegar, once there is enough alcohol.

As the name suggests, apple cider vinegar is made of two separate fermentations of fresh apple juice extracted from crushed apples. The first fermentation, from yeast, makes it into a cider, and the second from bacteria turns the cider into vinegar. 

Vinegar is mostly water and contains roughly 2 calories per tablespoon. Apple cider vinegar contains no fat and very low sodium and contains healthy acids, enzymes, and trace elements of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, and calcium. Because of this, traditional healers have extolled the virtues of apple cider vinegar for centuries.

What are some of Apple Cider Vinegar’s Potential Benefits?

Vinegar has been shown to have several potential benefits. Some of them include:

  • Vinegar kills bacteria – Growing up, you may have heard your mother or grandmother say vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution. Vinegar has been applied to mild sunburn, treat nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and even been used to remove lice.
  • Vinegar can help encourage weight loss –  In a study in Japan, researchers found that study participants who consumed apple cider vinegar over a 12-week period lost more weight than the participants who didn’t. Those consuming the apple cider vinegar experienced a faster lowering of BMI, waist circumference, and visceral fat. The Japanese scientists believe that the acetic acid found in abundance in apple cider vinegar is a major component of healthy weight loss. Apple cider vinegar also is very effective in appetite suppression and can curb cravings between meals.
  • Apple cider vinegar may assist in blood sugar control –  A study of participants with Type 2 diabetes conducted in 2007 indicated that apple cider vinegar could help normalize blood sugar levels in the body. The study’s participants followed a standardized meal plan and took apple cider vinegar before bedtime. The scientists found that the ACV seemed to have a positive effect on glucose levels.
  • Apple cider vinegar may help lower cholesterol –  Some patients taking part in an 8-week study conducted in 2018 found that after consuming 30 milliliters of apple cider vinegar twice a day, they managed to lower their cholesterol significantly.
  • Apple cider vinegar may help your skin – One additional benefit of the antioxidants in apple cider vinegar is its effect on the skin. Free radicals found in our environment and our diets can also take their toll on our skin health. Many believe that their skin is more radiant and youthful after adding ACV to their diet because of the antioxidants found within it.
  • Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics for gut health –  Probiotics such as lactobacillus occur within apple cider vinegar during fermentation. Probiotics play an essential role within our digestive tract by creating a barrier of lactic acid, inhibiting harmful bacteria growth. Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin, which is found in many fruits and vegetables and further protects gut health.

How to include apple cider vinegar in your diet

For many, making a dressing of apple cider vinegar, oil, and a bit of salt and pepper over a salad or marinating meats in it before grilling are some of the easiest ways to start incorporating its qualities into their diet. However, not many people eat meat or even salad every day. 

Even though it seems easy enough to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a couple of times a day, this can come with its own risks. Over time, consuming apple cider vinegar without dilution can cause damage to tooth enamel, potentially making them brittle and susceptible to decay. Others have complained of throat burns and stomach upset, or nausea. Many people simply find the taste too harsh. 

Sir Jason Winters International is proud to introduce our new Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies. You can have all the potential benefits of taking a daily apple cider vinegar supplement without the sour taste. 

Just two of our ACV gummies contain all the antioxidants and 500 milligrams of apple cider vinegar in a tasty gummy.

Now, for a limited time, we are offering a 60-count bottle of our Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, regularly priced at $24.94 for just $9.95!

You get a month’s supply of our delicious organic apple cider vinegar gummies made with the highest quality ingredients at a price so good you’ll definitely want to order more than one bottle!

Disclaimer: *This statement has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

Please note that all information provided on this blog is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. Do not exceed the recommended dose of this product. Keep out of the reach of children. Before consuming tea or any other natural health supplement, please consult your doctor.

Resources

Khezri, Solaleh Sadat, Atoosa Saidpour, Nima Hosseinzadeh, and Zohreh Amiri. “Beneficial Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar on Weight Management, Visceral Adiposity Index and Lipid Profile in Overweight or Obese Subjects Receiving Restricted Calorie Diet: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Journal of Functional Foods. Elsevier, 09 Feb. 2018. Web. 13 June 2022.

Mindell, Earl, Dr. Dr. Earl Mindell’s Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar. Chicago: Contemporary, 2002. Print.

Singh, Akanksha, and Sunita Mishra. ” Study About the Nutritional and Medicinal Properties of Apple Cider Vinegar.” Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Dec. 2017. Web. 13 June 2022.

How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?

Look at any health journal or article about caffeinated drinks, and you will see conflicting information about whether caffeine is good or bad for your health. Yet caffeine is one of the most consumed supplements in the world. Most people drink it for the energy boost it gives them in the morning and throughout the day. Some of the more well-known benefits of caffeine are:

  • Increased focus
  • Headache relief
  • Reduced appetite and potential weight loss
  • Reduces the risk of Type Diabetes
  • Can help those suffering from asthma
  • Can postpone the onset of neurological disorders, such as dementia  

According to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), caffeine can be a part of a healthy daily diet. Of course, as with anything, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Consuming too much caffeine can pose some serious health risks. Factors such as body weight, age, pre-existing health conditions, and medications can all play a role in just how much caffeine you can safely consume. So, how much caffeine is too much?

What is Caffeine?

Caffeine is a naturally occurring crystalline chemical compound that is found in a variety of foods, including coffee, tea, chocolate, some nuts, yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis), and herbs such as kola nut (Cola acuminata & Cola nitida), and guarana (Paullinia cupana). Some manufacturers will also add caffeine to their products. Caffeine, known by its scientific name of 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine, is found within foods and even medications to help ease pain and activate the other chemical constituents in drugs. 

Caffeine affects the central nervous system and is considered a stimulant and a psychoactive compound. Despite its stimulating effects, caffeine is not regarded as addictive. Scientists have found that caffeine will affect the body when there are more than 15 milligrams per liter in the bloodstream.

What Is a Safe Dose of Caffeine?

According to the FDA, 400 milligrams of caffeine a day is safe for most adults. However, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends that pregnant women or hoping to become pregnant consume no more than 200 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to 1 or 2 cups of coffee or tea. 

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that caffeine in children be limited as much as possible, and adolescents should not consume more than 100 milligrams of caffeine per day. Because children cannot properly process caffeine in the way that adults can, parents need to watch what their children are consuming in terms of sodas or energy drinks. Even nursing mothers are advised to limit their caffeine intake because it can go directly to their babies via breast milk.

What Are the Side Effects of Caffeine?

Some side effects of caffeine include:

  • Feeling hyper-alert
  • Increased heart rate or breathing
  • Feeling “jittery”
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Dehydration
  • Headache

If the side effects are mild, they will usually subside within 3–5 hours. Further precautions to take include:

  • Not consuming any more drinks containing caffeine
  • Taking a walk to ease feelings of restlessness
  • Drink water to help rehydrate

Is a Caffeine Overdose Possible?

Caffeine overdoses in healthy adults are rare. However, it is possible to overdose on caffeine. There are caffeine supplements available on the marketplace. It is far more likely for someone to suffer a caffeine overdose by taking these types of supplements rather than from drinking too much tea or coffee. 

Unlike drinking caffeinated beverages, these supplements contain a purified, much higher concentration of caffeine. The FDA estimates that a single teaspoon of powdered caffeine contains the equivalent of 28 cups of coffee! 

Some symptoms associated with having had too much caffeine are:

  • Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
  • Shakiness
  • Confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Panic Attacks

Anyone who experiences these symptoms should see a doctor or healthcare professional immediately. A caffeine overdose may require treatment such as intravenous fluids or other treatments that only a doctor can administer. 

Those who have died from caffeine overdose generally suffer ventricular fibrillation. This happens when the lower chambers of the heart muscle don’t fully contract. When the heart doesn’t contract fully, the heart stops beating normally and triggers cardiac arrest. 

Who Should Avoid Caffeine?

Caffeine overdoses happen far more often in children and those with pre-existing health conditions or who are taking medications that can cause severe side effects. You should avoid consuming caffeine if:

  • You have high blood pressure or hypertension
  • You take blood thinners
  • You have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroesophageal disorder (GERD)
  • You have glaucoma
  • You suffer from sleep disorders or suffer from anxiety
  • You have epilepsy
  • You have kidney or liver problems

Know What’s In Your Cup

According to the Mayo Clinic, here is the breakdown of the average amount of caffeine in coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks, and chocolate. These stats use an 8 oz. standard, the same size as a normal cup of tea.

Beverage Size Mg of Caffeine

Coffee (brewed) 8 ounces 96

Black Tea 8 ounces 47

Green Tea 8 ounces 28

Herbal Tea 8 ounces 0

Cola 8 ounces 22

Root Beer 8 ounces 0

Energy Drink 8 ounces 71.9

Chocolate (dark) 1 bar 59 

Chocolate (milk) 1 bar 20

It’s rare to find a 8 ounce serving of soft drinks, so these caffeine amounts are a little low for the standard can of coke, which has anywhere from 33-38 grams of caffeine per can. Plus, energy drinks usually come in a 16 oz. can, pushing each one of those to over 140 mg of caffeine each!

On top of that, both soft drinks and energy drinks often contain sugar or sugar substitutes for flavor, both of which cause health issues over time like obesity. Artificial sweeteners can cause a lot of damage to your brain and metabolism.

In some of our earlier blog posts, we talked about whether tea or coffee is better for you. While coffee remains very popular in the U.S., tea is by far more popular around the world. 

One reason for tea’s popularity is that while tea typically contains fewer caffeine alkaloids than coffee, the effect of increased alertness is gentler and, according to several scientific studies, lasts longer.  

Other added benefits include the potential to lower blood pressure and free radical reduction through antioxidants. These are good reasons to consume tea or coffee as a part of their healthy daily diet. If your daily cup of Joe is proving too much and making you feel edgy, consider transitioning from coffee to tea. 

Disclaimer: Please note that all information provided on this blog is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. Before consuming tea or any other natural health supplement, consult your doctor.

Resources

Commissioner, Office of the FDA. “Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?” U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA. Web. 30 May 2022.

“Caffeine: How Much Is Too Much?” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 19 Mar. 2022. Web. 30 May 2022.

“Caffeine Overdose: Symptoms, Treatment” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International. Web. 30 May 2022.

Celebrating Memorial Day

Immediately following Easter and Mother’s Day is the next holiday on almost everyone’s calendar. Memorial Day is not just a day that we can get away from work; it’s a day for celebrating with family and friends. It’s also a day set aside for remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the life that we enjoy and can sometimes take for granted. 

A Short History of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, this holiday was first celebrated in 1868. It was intended as a national day of mourning for those who died in the line of duty in our military. We traditionally celebrated this day on May 30th from 1868 to 1970. In 1971 we changed it to occur on the last Monday in May. The holiday was first referred to as Memorial Day in 1890 and became better known after World War II.

Today Memorial Day is celebrated as the first three-day weekend of summer. However, many within the military, particularly the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW, believe that making Memorial Day a part of a three-day weekend undermines the actual meaning and significance of the holiday.

In 2000 Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, asking citizens to stop for a moment at 3:00 p.m. and remember those who gave their lives in sacrifice for our country. 

The National Memorial Day concert takes place on the West Lawn of our nation’s Capitol each Memorial Day and gets broadcast on public television (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR).

Celebrating Memorial Day Today

There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to having a three-day weekend to spend time at home relaxing and spending time with friends and family. However, if you also want to honor our fallen heroes, you can also:

  • Attend a Memorial Day parade
  • Place flags on the graves of fallen veterans
  • Attend a VFW event in your community
  • Pause for the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. and remember those who gave their lives to protect us.
  • Attend a local Memorial Day concert or tune into the National Concert on PBS or NPR.

Memorial Day Party Ideas

To set off the patriotic mood, decorate your home and spice up table settings with lots of red, white, and blue to mark the unofficial beginning of summer. Below are some great, traditional recipes that go above and beyond the usual backyard fare for you to experience this Memorial Day.

Spicy Grilled Chicken

If you want to get beyond burgers and steak or have another meaty taste option, this recipe features a savory and spicy punch you’re sure to love.

Prepare a marinade to be used overnight on the chicken thighs, breasts, wings or drumsticks using:

¼ cup of Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons of Honey

1 Tablespoon of Minced Ginger

½ teaspoon of Salt

½ teaspoon of Black Pepper

Put in a plastic bag and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Once your barbeque grill is prepared and up to temperature, place the chicken on the grill. You can brush your favorite barbeque sauce or prepare the following barbeque sauce instead.

½ Cup of Ketchup

2 Tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce

½ Cup Tightly Packed Brown Sugar

¼ teaspoon Onion Powder

¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder

1 ½ teaspoon of Liquid Smoke

1 teaspoon of Minced Ginger (optional)

Combine the ingredients together over medium heat until the sauce starts to bubble. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store any leftovers in a Mason or other airtight jar.

Classic Potato Salad

3 pounds of washed, peeled, and cubed Russet Potatoes

½ cup of Vidalia or Yellow Onion

4 Hard-Boiled Eggs

1 cup of mayonnaise 

½ cup Yellow Mustard

½ cup of chopped Dill Pickles

2 ½ teaspoons Salt

A dash of Regular or Smoked Paprika

To prepare, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add 2 ½ teaspoons of salt. Reduce the heat to medium high and let simmer for 10 minutes. Potatoes are done when they are easy to mash with a fork. Drain the potatoes, then put them back into the pan and mash three or four times with a potato masher. Leave the potatoes chunky.

Chop the hard-boiled egg, onion, and the pickle, then add the mayonnaise and mustard. Fold in the potatoes, mix well, chill and serve.

Perfect Summer Sun Tea

Iced tea is probably the most popular summertime drink. We would be remiss if we didn’t offer our take on this seasonal favorite.

For this, we recommend Sir Jason Winters Pre-Brewed Tea Original Formula. 

Measure ½ teaspoon for each desired serving and place in a tea ball. 

Place filtered water into a gallon glass jar, add the tea ball with the tea inside, and sit in full sun.

When your tea is the desired color, remove the tea ball and serve over ice. You may wish to add lemon, stevia, or your favorite natural sweetener to taste. 

No Bake Red White & Blue Cheesecake

 Here is a no bake, ultimately no hassle dessert treat that you and your Memorial Day guests will love. What’s more, it is light enough for warm weather and super simple to prepare.

For the Crust

12 Graham Crackers, crushed

6 Tablespoons of Melted Butter

¼ Cup Sugar

½ teaspoon Salt

A pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Combine the ingredients and press gently into a pie plate or tart pan. Refrigerate crust.

For the Filling

1 Cup of Heavy Cream

1 Cup of Powdered or Confectioners Sugar

Two 8-ounce packages of Cream Cheese

1 Lemon

Allow the cream cheese to reach room temperature. Combine the heavy cream and sugar with a mixer until stiff peaks begin to form. Add cream cheese and mix until smooth. 

Next, zest a bit of the lemon rind into the filling, then juice the entire lemon and mix into the cheese. Slowly add in the cream and sugar mixture until fully combined. 

Place the filling into the graham cracker crust and chill for 2 – 4 hours.

Hull and slice approximately 1 pound of fresh strawberries and arrange them around the outer circumference of the cheesecake. Fill the rest of the cheesecake center with about 1 pound of fresh blueberries. You will probably have some blueberries left over to serve on the side. Chill until you’re ready to serve and enjoy!

Whatever your reasons for celebrating Memorial Day are, we hope that it’s an enjoyable and meaningful holiday for you this year. Try out some of these activities and recipes and make your own Memorial Day traditions!

Tea & Star Wars

“I’m not a Jedi, no. I made Jedi friends because you get better prices when you drink with your clients…even if you’re only drinking tea.” – Antron Bach from “The End of History” by Alexander Freed

This month, fans worldwide will celebrate International Star Wars Day on May 4th. It’s no secret that here on Earth, tea is the most consumed beverage next to water. 

However, it may come as a surprise that tea was also extremely popular a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away! Here are some tea traditions from that franchise, and how fans of Star Wars use our tea traditions to show off their support.

Otherworldly Tea Traditions

According to the online website, Wookiepedia, on Princess Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, many people were avid fans of various forms of this non-alcoholic beverage. The most mentioned and consumed tea in the universe is tarine tea, made from the leaves of the tarine bush. We can assume that the tarine tea leaves are prepared similarly to how the leaves of the tea plant or Camellia sinensis are processed here on Earth and make up most of our teas.

On Mandalore, where we first encountered Grogu, also known as the Child or Baby Yoda, they made a favorite tea from the buds and flowers of the Cassius tree. 

Other cultures within the Star Wars Universe that enjoy indulging in a cup of tea of one kind or another include Christophsis, Lotha, and Gatalenta. 

It will please tea drinking fans of Star Wars to know that one of Disney’s “The Mandalorian” characters, Kuiil, re-programmed an Imperial assassination droid to perform the gentle art of serving tea expertly.

In a similar story, an archeologist in the emperor’s service wanted to interrogate a captured rebel. His approach was much more civilized than how others might approach such an encounter in that he served her tea instead.

According to the Star Wars canon, during the Clone Wars, a group of smugglers led by Tee Va came to Mandalore to distribute a carbonated tea known as Ardees. Ardees became so popular that smuggler profits on the sale of this tea more than doubled. Later, it was found that much of the available Ardees tea had been diluted with a dangerous chemical called Slabin, which made many people sick, including a group of children from Sundari. Senator Padme Amidala, the Duchess of Mandalore, and the Satine Kryze shut down Tee Va’s operations and had him and his fellow smugglers arrested.

Tea Houses & Tea History in Galaxies Far, Far Away

It seems that no matter where you go in the galaxy, teahouses could be found on almost any world. On the worlds Batuu and Tatooine, Bantha Chai is an immensely popular beverage. The fresh blue milk of a Bantha is combined with tea and a variety of aromatic spices slowly heated to perfection. In the regions of the Outer Rim, genuine Moogan tea was brewed daily at teahouses everywhere. 

However, when the Commerce Guild took over the planet Mooga and, in particular, tea production on that world, the Guild trademarked the recipe and renamed it Ardees. This was met with opposition from various owners of teahouses, who then continued to brew and serve it in its original form of a frothy, spicy tea, making sure not to attract attention from the Commerce Guild. It is said any respectable barkeep in the galaxy knew how to make Moogan Tea in its original form, and because of its extraordinary taste, both barkeep and customer would be more than willing to take the risk.  

Star Wars’ Success Here on Earth

Star Wars is, without a doubt is one of the most successful movie franchises in history. According to Wikipedia, Star Wars has generated some $69.4 billion in total revenue from the films, but mainly from spin-off merchandise that has been distributed around the world since the series’ first release.

Merchandising experts estimate that much of the Star Wars franchise’s sheer value is due primarily to merchandising of series-related products. Since George Lucas created the first film in 1976, fans have been actively enjoying and consuming spin-off products that were, as of 2021, estimated to be $42.217 billion. 

No matter how long someone has been a fan, many of these items are highly sought by collectors.  

These products included t-shirts, comic books, costumes, action figures, games, jewelry, and Lego sets, to name just a few. And Star Wars merchandise isn’t just being sought by kids. Parents and even grandparents who were influenced by the series and grew up as fans are some of the most avid collectors. Many of these collectibles don’t just sit on a shelf; they are items that are used in daily life. 

Various tea companies have even created licensed tea blends that tie in with Disney’s The Mandalorian. Over the years, there have been countless teapots and mugs in the shape of beloved Star Wars characters and prop items, and there’s even a tea ball that looks like the Death Star with an Imperial T.I.E. fighter attached to the end of a chain. 

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a tea mug or tea kettle in the shape of Darth Vader’s helmet, R2-D2, or Princess Leia, or you simply must have a teapot in the shape of BB-8 with a cup and saucer to match or want to go all out and find a circa 1983 teapot in the shape of Luke Skywalker riding on the back of a Tauntaun, you’re sure to be able to find it out there. 

Tying in Star Wars to tea consumption has become so popular that some restaurants, such as the Anti-Dote Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in Singapore, featured a Galactic Afternoon Tea menu of its own to highlight International Star Wars Day (May 04). Canapes and pastries in the shape of Yoda, Darth Vader, or other Star Wars characters feature as appetizers and finger foods. 

What kind of things are you planning to do to celebrate Star Wars Day? Let us know on our social media on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Resources

“Tea.” Wookieepedia: The Star Wars Wiki – Tea. Star Wars Fandom Wiki. Web. April 26. 2022.

“Categories of Teas.” Wookieepedia: The Star Wars Wiki – Tea. Star Wars Fandom Wiki Wookieepedia. Web. April 28. 2022.

Lazyliteratus. “Tea in Star Wars.” Steep Stories. Tea Musings, May 15 2020. Web. April 26. 2022.

Tiffany, Kaitlyn. “This Is How You Make Tea If You Are a True Star Wars fan.” The Verge. The Verge, December 03 2015. Web. April 27. 2022.

Tea Accessories

Tea Accessories

Whether you are a new convert or a long-time tea lover, it is important to have the right tools to brew and enjoy it. Brewing a cup of tea doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. It doesn’t take much to put a teabag into a cup of boiling hot water, let it steep, and drink it. But there’s something about using or even just collecting tea accessories that elevate the experience.  

If you go to a specialty tea shop or shop online, you will find a host of teapots, infusion balls, lemon squeezers, and cups and saucers. In no time, you might even find yourself addicted to collecting all the accouterments related to tea. 

Here are some ideas of some things you can give as a gift to yourself or your favorite tea lover to improve their tea drinking experience.

 

Tea Cups and Mugs

It’s comforting to drink our favorite beverage out of a favorite cup or mug as a ritual every morning, afternoon, or evening. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing like savoring the warmth of that hot cup between your hands. 

Author of “The Everything Healthy Tea Book,” Babette Donaldson advises that the more you get involved with tea, don’t be surprised if you begin to collect teaware and get tempted to practice all the many ways to prepare and serve it. 

Some people show their love of tea by collecting antique teacups and saucers, while others love having a shelf full of tea mugs with catchy sayings or those that are made by hand by local artists. 

Tea Pots 

One of the most popular things that tea lovers collect is teapots. There’s an endless array of different styles and configurations of teapots that can be found almost anywhere. Serving tea in an attractive teapot with a matching service can be both whimsical and fun. A teapot can be as elaborate or simple as you wish. Some people even collect teapots for each type of tea they drink! 

Here at Jason Winters International, we also offer our own line of teapots. Our two-cup Hampton classically styled ceramic teapot is excellent to use every day. Regularly priced at $9.95, it’s available at just $7.95. We also have our 4-cup Acopa bright white porcelain teapot if you’re serving up a small tea party. Classically styled, it resembles the teapots used at many restaurants and holds 32 ounces of either coffee or tea. Regularly priced at $26.50 is now available for the low price of $16.50. You save $10!

Tea Press

Most commonly used to serve coffee, the French Press is also one of the most efficient ways to serve tea, too. Simply place the desired amount of tea into the glass chamber of the vessel and pour hot water over the top of the tea leaves or herbs. The lid contains a plunger with a series of screens that move the tea leaves or herb matter out of the way so you can enjoy your cup of tea without having to strain it.  

One caveat that tea and coffee drinkers who use a press recommend is not to use your tea press to brew coffee and vice versa. The flavors can mix unpleasantly. Use a separate French press for each.

We are currently offering our Acopa glass and stainless steel French press, normally priced at $30.00 now at the low price of $17.95. It’s the perfect gift for steeping your tea or coffee and is a breeze to clean.

Tea Balls

Tea balls, also known as tea eggs, are small perforated metal containers large enough to hold dry tea. Like teapots and tea mugs, tea balls are available in several sizes and configurations. A chain suspends the t-ball in hot water and is used to lift out the tea leaves when the tea has reached its proper level of steeping. 

When using a tea ball, it’s important to ensure that there is enough room for the tea leaves to expand. The expansion allows for the best flavor to be extracted from the tea leaves.Our three-inch stainless steel tea ball infuser allows enough room for you to steep the aromatic flavors of your tea into each cup. It’s designed for easy filling and allows for maximum flavor through its mesh design. 

This tea ball is more environmentally friendly than using bags because you can use it over and over again. Simply fill it with a teaspoon or two of tea and allow it to steep to the desired strength. Regularly priced at $4/50, it is now available for $3.50 through our online store.

Tea Strainers

Another effective way to strain tea leaves out of your tea is by using a wire mesh tea strainer. A tea strainer can be made from several materials, including bamboo porcelain or even stainless steel. Tea strainers typically sit across the rim of the cup as the tea is poured, effectively separating the loose tea leaves from the tea itself.

We have on offer our stainless steel fine mesh tea strainer in our online shop. Our tea strainer measures 8″ long with the handle and features a 3″ round mesh basket to catch the tea leaves when it’s placed over your cup. Regularly priced at $6.50 each, it is now on sale for just $4.50.

Tea Sacs and Filter Bags

There’s no denying that using a tea bag for a cup of tea is very convenient. You can brew your tea and set it aside with a tea bag holder and use it again, or simply throw it away when the bag has been “spent.”   

Tea drinkers who want to take advantage of the taste of loose leaf tea may want a product that cuts down on waste. One way to accomplish this is by using a biodegradable tea sac or filter bag, and can even be put in the compost bin.

At Sir Jason Winters International, we have the perfect solution. Our T-Sac tea filter bags come in  1 cup, 2-4 cup, and 3-8 cup sizes. Each package includes 100 biodegradable loose leaf tea filter bags and is regularly priced at $8.50, but is now on sale for just $7.50.

Tea is important for health, but how you serve it can add to the experience and ease of taking the best beverage on the planet. Take your tea experience to the next level with these accessories.