We started our investigation into tea’s health properties by looking at the existing studies, and here’s the most important pieces of information we learned.
Key Learning – Part I
There is a powerhouse antioxidant in tea, called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). It’s antioxidant capacity is 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than Vitamin E in protecting DNA from damage by free radicals. Research today says it is the polyphenol antioxidant with the broadest and most potent ability to protect your body’s cells from disease.
Key Learning – Part II
EGCG is highest in tea leaves in the hours immediately after they are picked. The levels drop off with exposure to heat, light and air. C. Chen, in his study entitled “Theory in Tea Processing” found 32 hours after picking EGCG levels dropped to less than half of what they were when first picked.
We developed a patent-pending method to maximize the delivery of EGCG antioxidants, and we are incredibly excited to share our new category of tea. We call it fresh-leaf tea. Or you can simply call it Millennia TEA.
Our scientific findings
- We hand-picked a quantity of tea leaves (same time, same plants)
- We processed them in different ways
- We sent them to an independent bioscience lab experienced in testing teas
|White tea||Millennia TEA method (loose-leaf)||Millennia TEA method (blender tea)|
|Study baseline||5x EGCG||17x EGCG|
**results are based on two infusions in 95°C water.
We will continue to test each batch of tea we harvest for antioxidants. It’s our mission to deliver the freshest and most nutrient-rich teas anywhere.