The latest facts + findings.

We do our best to keep up with and track of the most up-to-date tea information being reported. This includes new information on tea + health, caffeine studies, new product developments, tea growing regions, and general facts about what we love most: tea. Check back regularly for updates.

 
 
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Tea + Caffeine

There is a lot of misinformation floating around about Caffeine levels in tea. We’d like to set the record straight. White tea scores higher on average than black or green, though a ‘high’ black or green could still beat a ‘low’ white. Research suggests that with steeping practice, you can modify caffeine intake whatever the tea you’re drinking.

•    Halve the tea you use = 50% less caffeine in your cup; Triple steep your green/white teas and you’ll have significantly less caffeine per oz of water consumed than in a single steep of black.

•     Don’t worry so much about caffeine in tea. Nature provided tea polyphenols and the unique balancing properties of L-theanine – so you do not get the coffee jitters from tea.  

•    There is considerable evidence that tea may help ward off many types of cancers including: digestive, skin, oral, lung and ovarian cancer.

•    Recent research suggests that the antioxidant properties of tea flavonoids may play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease by decreasing lipid oxidation.

•    Compounds in tea other than flavonoids have been shown to support the human immune system.

•    New research (in mice only, so far) points to caffeine having a protecting and reversing affect on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at a dose of 500mg per day – around 14 cups. That has to be an argument for increased tea drinking!

* Caffeine info courtesy of Nigel Melican, renowned tea scientist and owner of TeaCaft in the UK.

 

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Latest Tea + Health Info

  1. Helps prevent tooth decay - contains a solid dose of fluoride and works better than the antibiotic tetracycline. Also kills the greatest cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth: Streptococcus mutans.
    (Tokyo Dental College)
  2. Tea drinkers have lower blood pressure.
    (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004)
  3. May lower cholesterol; protect against heart disease.
    (Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
  4. May slow the spread of prostate cancer.
    (Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA, 2004)
  5. May protect against cancer caused by smoking.
    (Journal of Nutrition, 2003)
  6. Green/white tea may fight colon cancer.
    (Linus Pauling Institute Study, 2003)
  7. May reduce risk of hypertension.
    (National Cheng Kung University Study,  2004)
  8. Believed to boost the body’s defenses.
    (National Academy of Sciences, 2003)
  9. Green tea may help kill leukemia cells.
    (Mayo Clinic, 2004)
  10. May delay Alzheimer’s Disease.
    (Newcastle University’s Medicinal Plant Research, 2004)
  11. 3 cups of Pu-erh a day for 30 days reduced lipids by 25%.
    (Institute of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
  12. Various studies have reported beneficial effects of regular tea consumption against squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
    (NIH, 2013)