I talk about the benefits of green tea all the time — and for good reason. Its active compounds have been widely studied. EGCG, the most active compound in green tea, is great for burning fat. And of course, health-promoting antioxidants and polyphenols are abundant in green tea.
But now, research shows purple tea may have just as much to offer as its green cousin — if not more. If you haven’t heard about this type of tea, that’s not surprising. It’s only been available in the U.S. for a few years.
So what makes purple tea so different — and possibly better — than other teas? A lot of it has to do with where it grows.
This special variety of tea was developed in Kenya at an elevation between 4,500 and 7,500 feet. It’s cooler at those heights, which allows purple tea to thrive in an area where intense ultraviolet light wreaks havoc on other botanicals. Those UV rays have some advantages, though. They cause purple tea plants to produce high levels of two compounds: anthocyanins and polyphenols.
In fact, purple tea has substantially more polyphenols than green tea. (16.5 percent, compared to 9.1 percent for green tea). It also has a polyphenol called GHG that isn’t found in other tea varieties. GHG may be the compound responsible for purple tea’s weight-supporting effects, which I’ll tell you about in just a bit.
But first, let me give you a little more detail about purple tea’s makeup…
This unique variety of tea gets its color from anthocyanins — just like blueberries, raspberries, and other red or purple foods. Blueberries are particularly rich in anthocyanins, which have been shown in studies to help support brain function and the immune system. But purple tea has a much higher content of anthocyanins than blueberries — 1.5 percent compared to 0.1 percent.
Purple tea also has greater antioxidant activity than green and black teas. Research shows it has a free-radical scavenging rate of 52 percent, compared with 34 percent for green tea and 28 percent for black tea.
But what really appeals to me about purple tea is that it has clinical trials to back up its claims.
Research shows that catechins, found in high levels in purple tea, are neuroprotective antioxidants that can actually permeate the brain. This is exciting because not much is able to pass the blood-brain barrier.
In a study done on mice, purple tea significantly boosted brain antioxidant capacity. And notably, the researchers found that purple tea anthocyanins can cross the blood-brain barrier, reinforcing the brain’s antioxidant capacity.
If this research can be replicated in humans, the implications could be huge for supporting brain health and cognitive function.
But there is some exciting human clinical research on another of purple tea’s benefits…
Studies show that Alluvia, the proprietary blend of purple tea I include in my MetaMulti Advanced supplement formula, helps you keep your weight under control and shape your body in three different ways.
Two small, human, 4-week clinical trials showed 100-150mg of Alluvia may help you:
- Maintain healthy body weight
- Promote a healthy BMI number
- Keep your waistline and hips in check
And on top of that, purple tea extract can also help support healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels… which are two primary factors of metabolic syndrome.
Actually, speaking of tea, weight, and MetaMulti Advanced, this formula also contains a patented green tea extract called Green Select in each dose as well. As I mentioned above, there’s no denying that green tea is a powerful ally when it comes to keeping your waistline in check.
In fact, a recent 4 week study compared two groups of participants on a low calorie diet, with one group taking 150 mg of Green Select twice daily and the other without… and the results were eye-opening.
The group dieting along with taking Green Select doubled their weight loss compared to the “diet only” group.
They also improved both their body mass index and waistlines.
Combining Alluvia purple tea extract and Green Select green tea extract is really a no-brainer when it comes to supporting healthy weight. (If you’re following my A-List Diet, this combo can help you maximize your efforts even further.)
And, even better, my MetaMulti Advanced formula has already done the hard work for you. So if you haven’t already added it to your daily regimen, I encourage you to check it out by clicking here. With summer just around the corner, you’ll be glad you did!
“Total polyphenols, catechin profiles and antioxidant activity of tea products from purple leaf coloured tea cultivars.” Food Chem. 2013 Feb 15;136(3-4):1405-13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23194541