Ingredients

 

“I have too many antioxidants”, said no one ever.

At 5,000 years old, tea was long overdue for a makeover.  And it got one.  TeaZen® is much more than tea – it’s a unique delivery system, crafted with care, natural ingredients, and science to bring you the very best in conscious, beneficial vitality.  It’s “tea, upgraded”.

 

TeaZen Products

TeaZen products are one-part nature, one-part science.  It’s the perfect blend.

TeaZen launches with 6 products – each a robust concentrate brimming with goodness.  The “hero” ingredient in all of the products is a proprietary green tea extract called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate or epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which is a kick ass, immune-boosting antioxidant.  Every 2-ounce bottle contains 60 servings – and, every one-milliliter (1 ml) serving contains 100 milligrams (100 mg) of green tea supplement standardized to 50 mg of EGCG.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s more…

We’ve enhanced each product with scientifically-backed natural herbs and botanicals to further the advantages of green tea in addressing health-targeted benefits:

  • Energy
  • Immunity
  • Wellness
  • Beauty
  • Relaxation
  • Sleep

At TeaZen, you could say we’ve become obsessed with all the cool things that functional herbs and botanicals do — seriously life-changing stuff.  After enough research that would bore even the most studious nutritionist, we have been able to create a line of green tea supplements that positively affect different aspects of health and wellness.  TeaZen is the original smarTEAplant™ technology.

And, there’s still more…

TeaZen is an all-natural product free of calories, caffeine, sugar, gluten, sodium, artificial ingredients, and preservatives.  Be free, tea!  TeaZen is sweetened with a unique, great-tasting, sweetening system.  And, check this out, TeaZen does not need to be refrigerated and has a 3-year shelf-life.  Booyah!

Simply add a serving to any beverage of your choice, stir, and enjoy!

 

Tea History

Tea is the original “functional” beverage.  It is the godfather to today’s super foods with a history rich in health and wellness.  The 3,000 or so varieties of tea all come from the same evergreen plant — Camellia sinensis.  This plant was identified as having beverage qualities when some of its leaves blew into the water that Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung was boiling in 2,737 BC.  When he drank the mixture, he declared that it gave him vigor of body, contentment of mind, and determination of purpose claims that are still around today.

Today’s researchers have scientific understanding of why Shen-Nung felt so wonderful.  One reason is that the human body constantly produces unstable molecules called oxidants – or free radicals.  To become stable, oxidants steal electrons from other molecules, and, in the process, damage cell proteins and genetic material.  This damage may leave the cell vulnerable to cancer and other diseases and illnesses.  Antioxidants scavenge and seize oxidants.  Tea is loaded with antioxidants classified as catechins.

 

EGCG

So, why did we choose green tea to serve as our base ingredient?  Polyphenols and catechins.

Are some polyphenols better than others?  Definitely!  And, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate or epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is considered by many scientists to be the best.  EGCG is a ridiculously potent polyphenol…the star player of the antioxidant team.  To be precise, EGCG is actually a catechin, which is a flavanol, which, in turn, is a polyphenol.  Catch that?  Just remember, EGCG is good for ya’ll.

Green tea is chock full of EGCG.  And yes, you should care.  Choosing green tea as its favorite place to hang, EGCG is more than just a fun thing to say three times fast, it’s a health-boosting powerhouse.

TeaZen ~ all-natural, all tasty, all polyphenolly awesome.

 

The Science of EGCG

Who wants to get science-y?!

EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate or epigallocatechin-3-gallate), is the polyphenol in tea responsible for a number of its health benefits.  Scientific studies have focused on the anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to its potential effects on Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular conditions.

Additionally, researchers have found that catechins block bacteria and viruses from attaching to human cell walls, react with toxins released from harmful bacteria and make them inactive or less active, and reduce the toxic effects of such heavy metals as cadmium, chrome, lead, and mercury.

EGCG directly interacts with proteins and phospholipids in the plasma membrane and regulates signal transduction pathways, transcription factors, DNA methylation, mitochondrial function, and autophagy to exert many of its beneficial biological actions.

However, not all green teas have the same level of EGCG.  We carefully select and process our teas using TeaZen’s proprietary smarTEAplant inter-cellular extraction technology ensuring a standardized 50 mg of EGCG in every serving.

 

EGCG Benefits

Let’s unpack this a bit further.  And, to make things easy and more credible, let’s quote external sources.

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG): Chemical and biomedical perspectives
by Dale G. Nagle, Daneel Ferreira, and Yu-Dong Zhou

The compound (–)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the major catechin found in green tea [Camellia sinensis L. Ktze. (Theaceae)].  This polyphenolic compound and several related catechins are believed to be responsible for the health benefits associated with the consumption of green tea.  The potential health benefits ascribed to green tea and EGCG include antioxidant effects, cancer chemoprevention, improving cardiovascular health, enhancing weight loss, protecting the skin from the damage caused by ionizing radiation, and others.  The compound EGCG has been shown to regulate dozens of disease-specific molecular targets.  Well-designed double-blinded controlled clinical studies have recently demonstrated the efficacy of green tea extracts and purified EGCG products in patients.

WebMD:
Health Benefits of Green Tea
by Paula Spencer Scott

Green tea is so good for you that it’s even got some researchers raving.

“It’s the healthiest thing I can think of to drink,” says Christopher Ochner, PhD.  He’s a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Green tea’s biggest benefit?  “It’s all about the catechin content,” says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist.  Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage.

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol.  A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too.  In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains.  Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes.  Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause, Ochner says.

 

Glossary of Ingredients

American Ginseng

American Ginseng is an herb that grows mainly in North America.  People take American ginseng to assist with stress management and immune support.  Additional evidence hints it might help prevent colds and flu or at least reduce the impact from these ailments.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha may be the most fun herb to pronounce.  This incredibly healthy medicinal herb is classified as an “adaptogen” – meaning that it can help your body manage stress.  Ashwagandha may also assist with other benefits for your body and brain, such as lower blood sugar levels, reduce cortisol, boost brain function, and help fight symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Astragalus

Astragalus is an herb.  Its powerful root is used to target many conditions including seasonal allergies, heart failure, diabetes, and to strengthen and regulate the immune system.

Burdock

Burdock is a plant that is found all over the world.  Although burdock is consumed for a variety of medicinal purposes, some people apply burdock directly to the skin for wrinkles, dry skin (ichthyosis), acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Chamomile

Chamomile has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years in many cultures to calm anxiety, placate stomach discomfort, and act as a sedative.

Dandelion

Dandelion is an herb and is purported to support digestive conditions, muscle aches, eczema, bruises, and skin toner.

D-Ribose

D-Ribose is a simple sugar molecule with a wealth of functions in human and animal biology.  Perhaps its most fundamental role is as a component of ATP, the universal energy carrier in the body’s cells.  ATP molecules store energy as they are built up and release it as they are broken down.  The more energy a cell requires, the more ATP it consumes.  In fact, humans “burn” an amount of ATP equivalent to their own body weight every day.

Even at rest, every single cell process requires energy.  We are continually breaking down ATP molecules.  Thus, we have a constant need for components of ATP molecules, such as D-ribose.

Echinacea

Echinacea purpurea is an herb with significant history.  Today, Echinacea is widely used to counter infections, especially the common cold and the flu.

EGCG

EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate or epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is a polyphenol in tea, which may be responsible for several health benefits.  Scientific studies have focused on the anti-cancer, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to its potential effects on Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular conditions.  Most health benefits in green tea can be attributed to EGCG.

EGCG directly interacts with proteins and phospholipids in the plasma membrane and regulates signal transduction pathways, transcription factors, DNA methylation, mitochondrial function, and autophagy to exert many of its beneficial biological actions.

Elderberry

Elderberry is a berry.  Profound, huh?  : )  The berries have been used for years to counter or ease the common cold, influenza (“the flu”), and H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”).  It has also been known to act as a pain remedy for specific ailments.  Oh…people make wine out of it, too.

Eleuthero

Eleuthero root is an adaptogenic herb in the ginseng family that helps the body adapt to various types of stress, enhance stamina, promote overall health, and increase athletic performance.  It has been used as a natural medicine in China, Korea and Russia for many hundreds of years.  In fact, Russian researchers have used eleuthero as a model for all adaptogens.

Ginkgo

Ginkgo is harvested from ginkgo biloba tree leaves.  It has been used as a common treatment in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  And, it is often consumed to help with memory as ginkgo improves blood flow to the brain and acts as an antioxidant.

Goji

Goji is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia.  It contains chemicals that might help lower blood pressure and blood sugar, stimulate the immune system, and protect organs from oxidative damage.

Grape Seed

Grape Seed has been used to assist blood circulation and eye care.  Further, it’s a source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that may help mitigate heart disease.

Grape Skin

Grape Skin is high in resveratrol, which supports heart health, cholesterol level management, antioxidant support, and the body’s ability to manage healthy blood sugar levels.

Hops

Hops are well known for their role in brewing beer.  However, they are also used in herbal teas and other beverages.  Hops have been used to promote a deep and restful sleep, initiate a healthy response to stress, and help promote relaxation.

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is an amino acid analogue of the proteinogenic amino acids L-glutamate and L-glutamine, and is an important constituent of a green tea.  L-theanine increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which may provide anti-anxiety effects.  It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.

Lavender

Lavender is an herb that is commonly used for anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, depression, headache, and pain.  It contains an oil that seems to have sedating effects while providing antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Licorice Root

Licorice Root has a botanical name of the plant that is indicative of its property:  glukos (sweet in greek) and riza (root).  Glycyrrhizin, a cortisone-like chemical found in high proportions in the root, is said to be 50 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar).  Licorice has many uses and is considered a tonic plant in many traditional medicinal systems.  It supports healthy digestion, lung and respiratory function, and promotes a healthy adrenal response to stress.

Magnolia Bark

Magnolia Bark and its various constituents have been shown to modulate cortisol production.  It is commonly used in formulas to generate healthy response to stress, calm occasional nervousness, and support sleep.

Melatonin

Melatonin is involved in the entrainment (synchronization) of the circadian rhythms of physiological functions including sleep timing, blood pressure regulation, seasonal reproduction and many others.  Melatonin is often recommended for sleep problems involving sleep cycles, such as jet lag or irregular night shift work and occasional insomnia.  It is also known for being a powerful antioxidant.

Passion Flower

Passion Flower remains a steadfast choice of traditional herbalists for its ability to gently restore debilitated nerve centers by promoting nutrition uptake at the cellular level.  It may lend a calming and relaxing effect on the body during times of occasional stress.

Polyphenols

Polyphenols possess multiple phenolic rings.  A phenolic ring is a 6-carbon benzene ring with an attached hydroxyl (OH) group – also referred to as the hydroxyl functional group.  The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids [e.g., catechin, epicatechin, epicatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and proanthocyanidins)].  EGCG is viewed as the most significant active component in green tea.

Red Clover

Red Clover is primarily nutritive, but also used to support proper lymphatic function (alterative), immune support, healthy skin, and proper endocrine function.  In Russian and Chinese folk medicine, the floral tea is used to support bronchial-respiratory health.  It has also been used for various skin conditions as a wash, and internally both as a tea and an extract.  Due to its nutritional complexity, it has been recommended for convalescence, brewed as a tea from the freshly dried flowers.

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a plant compound that acts like an antioxidant, which can help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals.  Further, it is used for heart and cardiovascular protection, anti-aging, anti-diabetic properties, brain protection, and metabolism booster.

Schizandra (Schisandra)

Schisandra berries have been extensively studied for their broad antioxidant protection, particularly from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage.  And, further, clinical research has focused on the favorable effect of schisandra on liver detoxifying enzymes.  Regarded as a popular adaptogenic agent, these berries may function to enhance the body’s natural resistance and adaptation to stressful influences, support mental endurance, and promote overall metabolic efficiency.

Scullcap (or Skullcap)

Scullcap is neither a skull nor a cap – it’s a plant!  This plant may help with sleep issues (insomnia), anxiety, fever, high cholesterol, nervous tension, and inflammation.

St John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort has undergone extensive randomized controlled studies as an alternative to anti-depressant drugs.  Many of these studies have shown positive clinical effects on mood attributed to this herb.  The flavonoids, hypericin and hyperforin, have been the most lauded chemicals contained in St. John’s Wort that may be responsible for its pharmacological activity.  Further, the flowers contain many antioxidants such as Rutin, Quercetin, and Lutein.

Tart Cherry Juice

Tart Cherry Juice offers a variety of potential health and medicinal benefits.  It is a nutritional goldmine of phenolics, which naturally occur in plant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties.  The main type of phenolics in cherries are also a rich source of melatonin.  This blend of phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds work synergistically to fight free radicals.

Valerian

Valerian has shown positive results in supporting a normal restful night of sleep in numerous human clinical trials.  Other uses not research confirmed include, but are not limited to, treating anxiety, stress, depression, attention deficit disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, tremors, epilepsy, and menopause symptoms.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is required for proper development and function in many parts of the body.  The uses and benefits are long.  However, the most prominent role people expect from vitamin C is boosting the immune function, and, specifically, preventing or mitigating the common cold.  Other studied and potential benefits include, but are not limited to, preventing gum disease, acne and other skin conditions, bronchitis, and stomach ulcers.