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Are You Getting the Full Benefits of Drinking Green Tea?

April 2018

By Michael Downey

Green tea has been recognized as a natural defense against disorders ranging from cardiovascular disease and cancer to depression and cognitive decline.1-5

Like other “smart drinks” such as coffee or cocoa, the key factor behind green tea’s many health benefits lies in its rich polyphenol content. These healthy compounds have been associated6—like green tea itself7—with lower all-cause mortality.

Many of the benefits associated with green tea require consumption of more than one cup per day. These benefits are usually seen in a dose-response relationship, meaning the more you drink, the more protection you get.

If you want all the same protective benefits—but do not necessarily want to drink that much every day—a unique option has emerged.

Thanks to a patented processing technology, a rich-tasting, Kenyan-sourced tea has been created that boasts three times the polyphenol content of most popular green teas.

It is so packed with polyphenols that just one cup daily delivers the same polyphenol levels as up to three cups of other green teas.

Green Tea’s Secret Weapon

The polyphenols in green tea play critical roles in neutralizing free radicals, quelling inflammation, and supporting cell signaling.8-12

In the colon, bacteria break polyphenols down into smaller molecules, notably phenols. These and other polyphenol-derived molecules are carried to the liver, where they’re further transformed and then transported to tissues to deliver potent bioactive effects.13

A compelling study conducted on individuals 65 and older demonstrated that those in the highest third of total urinary polyphenols (which reflect circulating levels of polyphenols) had a 30% lower all-cause mortality risk over the 12-year follow up, compared with those in the lowest polyphenol third.6

Focusing on polyphenol-rich green tea itself, a meta-analysis found that the people who consumed the highest amount of green tea had a 20% reduction in all-cause mortality risk compared to those who drank the least.7 In fact, a recent analysis showed that 15 polyphenols from green tea have 200 human target genes, including those involved in cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular disease, muscular disease, and inflammation.14

This broad-spectrum, multitargeted action is precisely what’s required to seriously reduce chronic, age-related disease and significantly prolong life.

Let’s examine some exciting clinical studies validating green tea’s ability to combat a spectrum of age-related disorders.

Safer, More Healthful Tea Option

The new teas described in this article are sourced from a family farm in Emrok without chemical sprays. Although the state-of-the-art tea factory was only built in 2012, owners Robert and Emily Keter won the “Best Tea from Kenya” award at the 2015 North American Tea Conference.

Since then, their green and purple teas have taken on connoisseur status internationally for their uniquely rich taste, safety, purity—and most notably, their abundance of polyphenols.

This acclaim has enabled the Keters to finance many charitable and schooling projects throughout the region. Their farm is Rainforest Alliance certified, and a participant in the Ethical Tea Partnership.

Emrok tea is grown in Nandi County in Kenya’s Rift Valley region at an altitude of 6,561 feet above sea level, where the cool climate and rich volcanic soil are considered ideal for tea cultivation.

Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular Health  

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer of older Americans,15 making it a major contributor to all-cause mortality.

Chinese scientists investigated the history of 1,507 men and women newly diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure). Those who consumed one to five cups daily exhibited a 46% reduced risk of developing hypertension, compared to those consuming less than one cup daily. And those who had drunk over five cups daily were 65% less likely to develop hypertension.16

Another team mined data on 194,965 individuals from nine stroke studies. It showed that those who drank three or more cups of green or black tea daily demonstrated a 21% lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less than a cup of tea daily.17

To assess cardiovascular mortality risk, researchers conducted a multi-year study on 40,530 adults aged 40-79 who had no history of stroke, heart disease, or cancer at baseline. They concluded that those who drank 3-4 cups of green tea daily had a 23% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than those drinking less than a cup daily. And those who drank five or more cups daily showed a 26% lower risk.2

What You Need to Know
A More Potent Form of Green Tea

A More Potent Form of Green Tea

  • Green tea’s many health benefits are derived from its rich abundance of polyphenols, which help protect against disorders ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer.
  • Green tea’s greatest health benefits are seen in those who consume 2-3 cups (and more) daily— yet many fail to take full advantage of this remarkable plant, drinking just one cup a day.
  • A new source of green tea grown in Kenya and processed using a patented technology has been shown to provide three times more polyphenols than most popular green teas.
  • This means it would take three cups of regular green tea to provide the same polyphenol levels as just one cup of this Kenyan-sourced green tea.

Cognitive Benefits

Green tea is prominent among a few beverages, such as coffee and cocoa, that are increasingly consumed for both pleasure and for their cognitive benefits.4,5

One recent review concluded that green tea could be a “very promising [agent] in the search for potent anti-Alzheimer’s drugs.”18

Another found that green tea improves cognition and working memory. The researchers concluded that these benefits “cannot be attributed to a single constituent,” but rather to green tea as a beverage.19

And in a compelling prospective study, consuming green tea for just two months was found to improve cognitive function in 30 patients with severe Alzheimer’s.20


Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the US.15 Fortunately, green-tea polyphenols have been shown in multiple preclinical and clinical studies to suppress the development and aggressiveness of many different cancers.21-27

One group of researchers has suggested that drinking green tea may reduce the risk of several human malignancies. By regulating multiple signaling pathways, green-tea polyphenols can inhibit angiogenesis (growth of new blood vessels) and metastasis (the spread of cancer), while inducing growth arrest and apoptosis (beneficial cell-death).28

DNA Damage

All living things rely on their genetic blueprint, preserved in DNA, to maintain functional molecules. But many factors, such as oxidative stress and environmental toxins, can damage DNA.

Green tea has demonstrated DNA-protective effects even during exposure to environmental contaminants such as cigarette smoke.29-31

In one randomized, controlled trial, scientists found that compared to baseline, smokers who drank four cups of green tea daily experienced an approximate 31% decrease in a urinary biomarker of oxidative DNA damage.32


This difficult-to-treat disease is experienced by an estimated 16.2 million American adults in an average year.33

A study of people aged 70 and over showed that those consuming two to three cups of green tea daily had a 4% lower prevalence of mild and severe depressive symptoms, compared to those drinking less than one cup. Those consuming four or more cups daily had a 44% lower prevalence.3

Periodontal Disease

People with gum disease are 34%-72% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease and other complications, compared to those in good oral health.34,35

Research suggests that green-tea polyphenols—specifically catechins—inhibit periodontal pathogens. In addition, researchers recommend 2-3 cups of green tea daily for the prevention of periodontal disease.36

Note that all of these studies have one thing in common: To get the maximum benefits of green tea, you have to consume substantially more than one cup daily. But when it comes to health benefits and safety, not all green tea is the same.

Up to Three Times the Polyphenol Content
Understanding Green Tea

A problem with typical green teas is that you need to drink at least three cups a day to obtain the maximal health benefit.

The Emrok family teas are different because they are processed using a patented technology that provides up to three times the polyphenol content.

The patented Phytoclean™ technology is an ultra-efficient extraction process that recovers greater amounts of polyphenol compounds, resulting in pure, natural tea crystals with unrivaled polyphenol concentration.

This process is environmentally responsible, utilizing no chemical solvents. Instead, heat and pressure are applied to water to lower its polarity, an electrochemical change that alters the water’s behavior. It is pure water—but it now acts like an organic solvent, easily extracting all the flavor, aroma, and nutrients from the leaves.

This technology ensures a consistently high amount of polyphenols—an incredible 300-500 mg—in every cup.

This means that just one cup of this tea—green or purple—delivers the same level of polyphenols normally found in two to three cups of other popular green teas. You can enjoy as many cups as you wish, but only one cup is needed to derive all the multi-cup health benefits verified in a slew of published scientific studies.

And you don’t need to be at home to enjoy a cup. Both green and purple versions of this tea come in one-cup, grab-and-go packets so you can make tea in just seconds. This super-convenient format means that all you need to do is tear open the packet, pour the crystals into a cup, and add hot water—no steeping needed.

And if just one refreshing cup is all you have time or inclination for during your busy day, keep in mind that one cup of this tea delivers all the polyphenol protection—and health benefits—of up to three cups of any other green tea.

Understanding Green Tea

To put a common misconception to rest, all tea—black, green, white, or oolong—comes from the same plant: Camellia sinensis. The vast differences arise largely from the time of harvest and how the leaves are treated and processed after being picked.

Positioned at the start of the tea spectrum, green tea is the oldest known form of tea.37 As soon as the leaves are picked, they are heated by steaming or firing to lock in their bright, green character. This provides green tea’s uplifting flavor profile, which might be described as fresh and grassy.

Purple tea is only grown in Kenya at that country’s highest peak, where it produces purple-reddish leaves. It has only been produced recently after decades of research into developing a tea that would be drought-, disease-, and pest-resistant. The high altitude packs it with plant-protecting anthocyanins—which provide excellent health benefits for humans as well.

Anthocyanins are the same bioactive natural pigments responsible for the distinctive color in blueberries, cranberries, grapes, and even red cabbage or eggplants. Although berries are a rich source, any food or drink containing anthocyanins can provide antimicrobial, cell-protective, antitumor, lipid-lowering, and neuroprotective properties—all of which have implications for preventing disease and promoting good health.38-40

Thanks to a patented extract technology, both of these Kenyan varieties of green tea are now available in tea crystals that deliver higher levels of polyphenols than regular green tea—much higher levels.

Purple Tea
Purple Tea

While many teas like black, white, and green are derived from the green leaves of the common tea leaf, Camellia sinensis, purple tea is harvested from the same plant when it is grown in mountainous regions, almost exclusively in Kenya.

Purple tea was developed over many years, primarily for its drought resistance and productivity. It is grown at elevations between 4,500 and 7,500 feet, which—combined with the fact that Kenya is near the equator—results in greater UV-light bombardment. This causes the plants to produce anthocyanins to protect the leaves from damage, which creates leaves of a reddish-purple color.41

Overall, purple tea provides more oxidant reduction than any other teas.

Anthocyanins exert antimicrobial, cell-protective, antitumor, lipid-lowering, and neuroprotective properties—all of which have implications for disease prevention and promotion of good health.38-40

Although teas in general contain lower levels of caffeine than coffee, the caffeine content of purple tea is even lower than that of black or green tea.

Purple tea’s flavor has elements of both green and black teas and must be tasted to be appreciated. This unique tea has now become a much sought-after prize in connoisseur-tea circles internationally.


secret behind green tea  

The secret behind green tea’s protective effects is its rich polyphenol content, which lowers the risk of diseases ranging from cancer to depression, and reduces all-cause mortality.

Many people drink a single cup of green tea daily, assuming that they are getting all the polyphenol benefits demonstrated in green tea studies. But these studies are usually based on consuming at least 2-3 cups daily.

For those who want all the same protective polyphenol benefits—but do not necessarily want to drink that many cups—there’s an impressive alternative.

A Kenyan-sourced, pesticide-free, Rainforest Alliance certified, and rich-tasting tea is so packed with polyphenols that just one cup daily delivers the same polyphenol levels as up to three cups of regular green tea.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, please call a Life Extension® Wellness Specialist at 1-866-864-3027.


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