Tea is one of the richest sources of dietary antioxidants. In fact, a single cup of tea may have the antioxidant equivalent of 1-10+ servings of fruits or vegetables. Antioxidants may play an important role in maintaining health by preventing free radicals (unstable molecules) from causing damage to cells, which can lead to disease, aging, and cancer.
Although the teas listed below are reported to have the highest levels of antioxidants, please remember that all true teas are rich in antioxidants and health-promoting properties. We encourage customers to select teas based on taste. After all, the tea that is healthiest for you is the one you will drink the most!
Also, different types of tea contain different types of antioxidants, so, just as you wouldn't eat only one kind of vegetable, drinking a variety of teas may provide an increased spectrum of healthy benefits.
Some studies that suggest tea (or any fruit or vegetable, in fact) looses antioxidants as it ages. To keep tea fresh, we recommend (1) purchasing tea from a trusted supplier to ensure you are getting the freshest crop possible (2) proper storage; avoid plastic or glass or any packaging that does not provide an adequate barrier against light, heat or moisture), (3) avoid “fannings” or tea dust (this is the grade used in commercial tea bags) since the increased surface-to-air ratio in ground tea makes it go stale much faster (one of the reasons tea bags get a bad reputation) and (4) always drink tea when it is freshly prepared. Iced tea shouldn’t be kept for longer than 24 hours in the fridge and should be made fresh rather than buying it pre-made in bottles. Also, make sure your teas are made with natural ingredients and pure essential oils; many teas are made with pesticides and artificial flavors.