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Organic Tea Benefits

 

There are both Health and Environmental Benefits of Organic, True Leaf Teas. First of all, we at True Leaf Tea only purchase teas from estates that solidly demonstrate care for their workers and have an ethical vision for the future of our planet. We purchase Fair Trade Tea and teas that are from estates that are monitored by the Ethical Tea Partnership whenever possible. As a tea industry insider, we know who produces premium teas in a responsible manner. If a tea source is questionable in any way, we don’t carry it.

 

NO PESTICIDES, TOXINS or CHEMICALS: 

When you drink tea, you‘re drinking the liquid provided by a processed tea leaf. Right? So, the ultimate health quality of your beverage can be destroyed with chemicals and pesticides before it ever hits your cup. ALL of our teas are 100% pesticide, toxin and chemical free. (Hence the name…TRUE Leaf Tea.) You’re getting the real deal, directly from our preferred estates to your cup, every time. We will not sell any tea that could compromise your health and absolutely no quality control measure has been overlooked in regards to this issue.

 

HOLD THE NYLON, PLEASE: 

We will only sell PAPER or CORN based tea bags. If you choose the ease of a tea bag over a stainless steel tea ball or other infuser, we offer you the best with our biodegradable bags that you may pack with your favorite True Leaf Tea. Before our teas get to you, we carefully pack our loose teas in 100% recyclable food grade containers for your health and for the health of the environment. Why? Though some pyramid tea bags may have a pleasing aesthetic, recent research suggests that heating plastic (subjecting nylon or “silk” as it’s called, to boiling water) releases harmful toxins into your beverage. In addition, nylon is NOT biodegradable making it a poor choice for our planet. You can bury our tea bags directly into your garden after you use them! Your plants will actually thank you!

 

RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE: 

Need I say more? Virtually every aspect of getting tea from True Leaf Tea to you involves some element of recycling, reusing or repurposing materials where possible. We are constantly advancing our development resources with regards to business partners who are the best at preserving our planet and assisting us to better provide for our customers. 

 

WEIGHT LOSS and TEA: 

Many on-going studies are being conducted to prove that tea can aid in weight loss.   In recent years, the anti-obesity and hypolipidaemic effects of black tea have attracted interest, although the exact reasons behind the phenomena remain unclear. However, researchers found that theaflavins present in tea significantly reduced lipid accumulation, suppressed fatty acid synthesis and stimulated fatty acid oxidation, factors that appear to help prevent obesity and related liver damage. Source: Abstract abr. J Lipid Res. August 2007. More detailed information and resources on Obesity and Tea are listed below.

 

CAFFEINE and L-THEANINE:

Tea naturally contains caffeine …so why is it so calming?? One of the many unique benefits of tea lies in the way caffeine is distributed in the body. Caffeine in tea is slowly released into the body differently because of L-Theanine, a non-protein amino acid found almost exclusively in the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) L-Theanine counter acts the harmful effects of caffeine in the brain. This special amino acid also stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation. Second, L-Theanine is involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the level of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing the calming effect that tea is most known for. Of course, we do carry decaf tea and our herbal teas and Tisanes have no caffeine at all if you’re avoiding caffeine or you have any sensitivity to caffeine. Tea contains significantly less caffeine than coffee but just to be clear, we included a chart to help you wrap your brain around what you might be consuming.

 

Caffeine Content Comparisons

Approximate caffeine content of various beverages

Milligrams of Caffeine

Item                                 Per Serving      Range         Per Ounce*

Coffee (5 oz. cup)                   80             40-170            16.00

Cola (12 oz can)                     45             30-60                3.75

Black Tea (1 tea bag)            40             25-110               5.00

Oolong Tea (1 tea bag)          40             25-110              5.00

Green Tea (1 tea bag)            40            25-110               5.00

White Tea (1 tea bag)            40             25-110              5.00

Deceaf Tea (1 tea bag)           2                 1-4                 0.50

Herbal Tea (1 tea bag)           0                  0                    0.00

* Assumes 8 ounces of water per tea bag

 

 

HYDRATION:

Did you know that Tea is considered a “hydrating” beverage? You can count it in with your 8 glasses of water a day according to health studies conducted by several leading universities. Coffee, sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks are not hydrating beverages. Yes, they will quench your thirst but they will not supply your organs with the H2O that they need to properly perform along with the added health benefits of polyphenols, trace minerals and anti oxidants that your body needs daily to stay healthy. There is also a tremendous amount of sugar in some of those drinks so, consumer beware! The added benefit of tea is that it’s hard to drink “too much” in a day. According to the integrative-medicine physician, there are only two concerns with drinking an excessive amount of tea. One, fluid overload and two, caffeine sensitivity or anemia having to do with tea binding to iron so if you’re going to consume gallons of tea in a day, drink a tea blended with hibiscus, fruit or lemon to help with iron absorption. Otherwise, feel free to drink it when you wake up in the morning, at your desk, with a meal, after a meal, on the go, etc… you will actually aid your body in weight loss by staying hydrated as well as maintaining mental alertness while getting a dose of polyphenols! Win –Win!!

 

TEA AND CANCER PREVENTION:

Recent research exploring the potential health benefits of tea is leading scientists to agree that tea is contributing positively to a healthy lifestyle. It is thought that the damage of free radicals in the body can set off a chain reaction of biological events that can lead to the progression of some cancers and heart disease. Numerous research studies have shown that antioxidants such as those present in tea, can help protect the body against this detrimental damage.

"Fruits, vegetables, and tea all contain important antioxidants. Research suggests these phytonutrients may contribute substantially to the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic disease. For example, recent research studies reveal the antioxidants in tea may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and support cardiovascular health," stated Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., F.A.C.N, Chief of the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

 

Download: How Tea Works in the Body(pdf)