Antioxidants In Tea
Sometimes you drink tea for caffeine. Other times you drink tea when you’re readying yourself for bed. There are teas for workouts, and teas for socializing. Today we’re going look at how antioxidants in tea influence the differences between popular functional teas.
And considering the goal is always to help you learn how to make the best kratom tea in the world, everything is framed around kratom!
With all these varying degrees of possibility for tea, it should come as no surprise that there is a tea for overall wellness. Our kratom berry tea is blended just for that – and its name is Borneo Berry Bliss! Given the nature of its ingredients, it very well could be one of our highest antioxidant teas available.
Berry Tea Blend Benefits
Borneo Berry Bliss is a wonderful, caffeine-free herbal blend of flavor infused organic herbs and white borneo kratom leaf packaged into 3 gram biodegradable tea bags!
The organic, all natural flavoring cuts through kratom’s natural bitterness and ends with notes of blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. Unlike many herbal teas, this fruity kratom herbal tea is perfect hot or as a summer-themed iced kratom tea.
Beyond adding a delicious fruity element to your kratom tea, the berry flavors conveys many of the wellness benefits that come from the berry flavor compounds.
These compounds come together to make the singular scent that we associate with these respective berries. Yet individually, each aromatic compound – plus the multitude of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and polyphenols – have a unique wellness benefit.
Taken all together, berries play an important role in regulating a healthy system. The focus of this post is on one of the most marketable qualities of whole foods, namely, antioxidants.
What Antioxidant Mean
“Antioxidant” is an exceptionally loaded term. Beginning in the 90’s, food and supplement marketers began touting “antioxidant” containing foods as the be-all-end-all health product. It was claimed that antioxidants would “cure or prevent cancer,” “reduce aging,” and many other too-good-to-be-true claims.
In actuality, antioxidants are a wide class of compounds which have widely divergent effects on the body. The common bond between all antioxidants is their electron donor property. In short, antioxidants are compounds that provide our body’s defense systems with a free electron to neutralize potentially dangerous “free radicals.”
Free radicals are oxidizing compounds which can cause damage and disrupt our internal homeostasis. Antioxidants are special because they do not become dangerous free radicals themselves following the electron donation.
There are many different antioxidants, and unsurprisingly, they are not interchangeable. This is the unfortunate downfall of the antioxidant marketer’s playbook. For our understanding of food science, it is extremely important to consume a healthy variety of antioxidants. Preferably from whole foods and natural sources, as they contain the greatest variety of antioxidants.
Antioxidants From Tea
Will antioxidants cure you of some horrible disease? Do they clear up 20 years of aging and wrinkles from your face? Or will they give you boundless energy and superhuman focus? The answer to all of these questions is “probably not.”
However, that doesn’t mean that you can ignore antioxidants in your diet. In fact, a healthy diet focusing on unprocessed foods and containing many different herbs, vegetables, fruits, and berries will probably contain more than enough antioxidants for you to be healthy.
And that is exactly what our Borneo Berry Bliss antioxidant tea is focused on. A delicious, organic herb containing tea that happens to be rich in antioxidants.
We recognize that we are still too early in food science research to say exactly what wellness affects our highest antioxidant tea will convey, but we’re leaning on our faith that a variety of antioxidants containing natural products do provide some health benefits.
Rosehips are the “fruits” which appear on rose bushes after they have bloomed. They are usually a bright red, but can range from purple to black in some species. They have a tart flavor which is accented with a citrusy, floral aura.
Rosehips are a favorite ingredient for teas due to their extremely high vitamin C content. In fact, during WWII when the United Kingdom faced citrus shortages due to embargos and shipping blockages, they reached for the locally growing rosehip.
A syrup was made from rosehip and doled out in rations to children, then the sick and elderly. The legacy of rosehip syrup still remains, and many that lived through that tough time in UK history still regard rosehip syrup as something of a “cure-all.”
In our Borneo Berry Bliss tea, they contribute to the vague, yet accurate, title we’ve given it as the highest antioxidant containing tea. Primarily, vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant, which rosehip has a lot of, but that’s not all. “Their antioxidant activity is also due to their content in polyphenols, vitamins E and B, and carotenoids.”
Rooibos and Hibiscus
Rooibos and hibiscus are two extremely common tea herbs. When brewed together, they expel a wonderful red color and a lovely sweet floral taste. While quite commonly seen together in tea bags, their origins are quite disparate. Our green rooibos is a variety grown exclusively in South Africa.
The rooibos shrub (Aspalathus linearis) is a short, stalky plant which grows in sandy soil. The tradition of consuming rooibos originated among the indigenous South African people, and was only brought to the global market following the colonization of the area.
The colonists, who were familiar with the Asian tradition of brewing leaves into a hot water decoction, took the stalks and brewed tea with them. By the 1920’s rooibos was such a popular global commodity that the wild rooibos population was threatened. A method of growing rooibos on plantations was devised, and the supply of rooibos available on the market exploded.
Rooibos contains many antioxidants, which have shown potential at preventing mutagenesis in cells. Like other antioxidants containing herbs, rooibos shouldn’t be seen as a cure or treatment, but as a simple way to upgrade your wellness.
Hibiscus, on the other hand, grows all over the world. Hibiscus is both tropical and perennial. The tropical flowering shrub doesn’t tolerate cold, but the perennial plant dies back in the winter before returning in full glory upon the change in seasons.
Hibiscus and rooibos complement each other nicely in tea. Like rosehips and rooibos, hibiscus flowers contain ample amounts of vitamin C. It has many functions in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, and the western scientific method has started elucidating medicinal potential from hibiscus as well.
Chamomile and Kratom
We love pairing chamomile and kratom in our herbal tea blends. While chamomile is classically used to unwind and prepare for bed, mixing it with White Borneo kratom gives your cup of tea a peppy characteristic overall.
The chamomile is great for a wholesome peacefulness, while the kratom is energizing without the sharp peaks of caffeine or the dulled crash either. Like the rest of the herbs and berries in this tea, chamomile has some antioxidant compounds.
The most promising of these compounds is apigenin. Yet chamomile isn’t renowned, per say, like the rest of the herbs in the tea are for their antioxidant properties. Chamomile secured its place due to its delightful flavor, and the fantastic pairing it makes with kratom.
Antioxidants In Kratom Tea
Kratom, like chamomile, isn’t renowned for its antioxidant properties. This isn’t a result of it having none, but instead due to the lack of research and study that has gone into it.
There are promising leads, but we’re not ones to make false promises, and therefore that is all we’ll say about kratom and antioxidants.
Yet kratom makes up 50% of our “highest antioxidant tea.” Why is that? Well, the answer is because kratom has other fantastic and pleasurable qualities that, frankly, we want in every tea we drink.
Like caffeine, kratom alkaloids can be energizing, but have a different feeling to the energy than caffeine. The energizing effect comes in more subtly, and by the time you notice the kratom effect, you’ll have been productive and motivated for 10 minutes already.
Another fascinating quality of kratom, a traditional tea leaf from South East Asia, is that some people prefer it at a sleepy time tea! Your serving size will determine whether your tea is energizing or relaxing. Generally speaking, drinking less tea will er on the side of being energizing. While drinking more kratom tea may transition you to get some good shut-eye time.
When you drink kratom and chamomile together, the effects are similar in function, with a slightly different feel to them. Energizing kratom tea is made a little more smooth and philosophical with chamomile, while drinking more of it will lull you to bed quicker than without the chamomile.
Benefits of Berry Tea
Not only is Borneo Berry Bliss our highest antioxidant tea, it is also our best tasting berry tea! Our other herbal blend with berries in it is our “Bali Balance: Turmeric Ginger Kratom Blend.”
The Bali Balance has organic amalaki, also known as Indian Gooseberry, in it. And although you can taste the hints of berry, the overall flavor profile of Bali Balance is not super berry-y.
And so Borneo Berry Bliss is our best tasting berry tea, and with it comes the added benefit of an abundant amount of antioxidants.
The Best Kratom Berry Tea
There we have it! Our highest antioxidant tea, our best tasting berry tea, and, in our opinion, one of the best teas for introducing newbies to kratom! The flavor is sweet from the first steep, and requires very little sweetener to cut back on the natural, earthy bitterness of the kratom.
If you’re a seasoned kratom tea drinker, we recommend adding one of the Borneo Berry Bliss herbal tea blends into your thermos with your regular serving of plain kratom tea bags.
Now you enjoy the flavor imparted from the berry tea, with the punch you want from the plain kratom tea bags. Again for the newbies, one herbal kratom tea blend bag should be enough for your first mug! To brew, simply add an herbal tea blend to a thermos. (Brew Time: 5-7 min)
For a more traditional kratom tea with stronger kratom effects, start your brew with 1 to 3 raw leaf kratom tea bags. After you add lemon juice and boiling water, steep the tea for 15 minutes before adding your kratom herbal blend. Once your berry tea is added to the thermos, let it steep for 5 to 7 minutes and your tea is done!
From there, simply pour, sweeten to taste, let cool, and enjoy! And don’t forget, you can rebrew the same tea bags again for a second, slightly weaker cup of kratom tea. Until next time, cheers to better brewing!