Not All Green Tea is Created Equal…
Discover Our High-Quality, Single Source, Loose Leaf
Lu An Gua Pian Green Tea
Everyone knows about green tea (Camellia sinensis). It’s the most popular “herb” in the world. But with popularity comes watering down in quality and potency. Along with the popularity, most people have heard of tea…however, few people really know much about it at all.
Some of us here at Lost Empire Herbs really like tea. In fact, one of us is considered to be an obsessed, downright dirty tea addict! That’s okay though, because of him, all of us are drinking more teas.
And these aren’t just your run-of-the-mill teas either. Because we appreciate the finer things in life, we also want our tea to stand out.
Much like learning to appreciate fine wines, learning to enjoy great tea can really only be done by drinking great teas. With that in mind, we wish to offer some of the teas we ourselves are currently drinking at our office and in our daily lives.
What Distinguishes Lu An Gua Pian
from Other Green Teas?
Lu An Gua Pian has a reputation as one of the top ten famous Chinese teas and was a tribute tea for centuries.
Tribute tea or Gong Cha was consumed by Chinese emperors. This tea has had a significant influence on the course of Chinese tea history.
Another distinguishing feature of this type of tea is that the pickers only remove one leaf for processing. No buds are including in this, resulting in a cleaner finish upon drinking.
Our green tea is grown organically.
This tea has a bright and clean green color and a unique flavor profile due to its picking standard, and its firing and roasting process. It provides an intense and crisp floral aroma, with a rich complex flavor, and a light vegetal sweetness and with no grassiness or bitter aftertaste. A great tea you don’t want to miss!
Lu An Gua Pian is a bit unique among green teas. This is because the tea leaves are left to mature on the bush longer, allowing it to develop a more complex flavor and nutritional profile. The tea leaves are picked around the Guyu season, in late April when the second and third leaves grow to the preferable size.
This tea has won 3rd place in the Pan-Fired Green Tea category during the 2016 North American Tea Championship.
Drinking Tea is Correlated with a Longer Life*
With its popularity, tea has been looked at in numerous ways. The studies I have found to be interesting is those focusing on “all-cause mortality.” That is, the researchers look at death from every cause, whether common like heart disease and cancer, or the more rare incidents, like falling off a building or getting electrocuted.
While these studies only show correlation, in my mind, they’re a great starting point.
Several studies have looked at tea consumption and found it to reduce all cause mortality.* More specifically, it appears to offer some protection against the biggest of killers. 1,2*
Once again, this is a correlation, not a causation. That means that it could be that the type of people who drink tea also engage in other healthy lifestyle behaviors, which are actually making the difference versus the tea itself.
However, when combined with some of the details we look at next, it’s pretty clear that tea is a healthy beverage to consume regularly.
Caffeine in Tea
Some of the top benefits of caffeine include:
- Assisting Memory Consolidation 3*
- Supports the Liver 4*
- Increases Exercise Performance for Athletes 5*
- Promotes Healthy Inflammation Response 6*
Our green tea is higher in caffeine than most, with approximately 48mg per cup.11 But an average cup of green tea has 26mg. As a comparison, a typical cup of coffee has 95mg of caffeine, almost four times as much.
For those who are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to avoid drinking green tea after 3pm. But for most, this small amount is not likely to affect your sleep. In fact, tea can help support it because of this next component…
L-Theanine to Balance Caffeine
Besides a smaller amount of caffeine than coffee, green tea also possesses L-theanine. This non-protein amino acid helps to balance the effects of caffeine. Rather than stimulating you,
L-theanine is great for relaxing.*
Some of the benefits include promotion of weight loss and increased immune system performance. 7*
A systematic review found that L-theanine in combination with caffeine, like that found in green tea, assists in alertness and information processing. 8*
ECGC, Catechins and Polyphenols
Green tea contains many different polyphenols, the most common of which are catechins. Of these, there are four types: epicatechin, epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and EGCG. Of these, ECGC, is the most abundant found in green tea.
All of these polyphenols are antioxidants and much more. Studies show that these catechins make their way into the blood where they can be active in lowering oxidative stress and DNA damage across the body. 9*
It’s important to note that green tea, rather than white, oolong or black tea have the greatest amounts of these catechins and polyphenols in non-oxidized form. (These all come from the same tea plant, Camellia sinensis but are processed differently.)
These polyphenols support health all across the human body, including: 10
- Hepatic System (Liver)*
- Immune System*
- Nervous System*
- Circulatory System*
- Renal System (Kidney)*
- Metabolic System (Glucose and Insulin)*
- Even the Bones!*
In addition, research has shown that tea can help your body to fight fungal and viral infections. 10*
Lu An Gia Pian green tea has been shown to have approximately 5.25% EGCG, 8.35% total catechins and 10.88% total polyphenols.12
It also possess approximately 2000 µMOLES of antioxidants per serving.11
Who Should Drink Tea?
Just about everybody. More specifically…
Those that want to live longer.*
Those that want to have a healthy weight and restore a healthy metabolism.*
Those that want clear, yet calm thinking.*
And remember, that not all tea is created equal. There are certainly other quality suppliers besides us out there. But if you want the real benefits, it would be a good idea to invest in your tea, rather then just picking up a box of low-quality tea bags at your local store.
With a loose leaf tea, you will notice the quality versus that of a tea bag variety. The fact is that generally, pre-bagged teas use lower quality ingredients because it is less noticeable inside a bag. Plus, the dose of a tea bag tends to be weak.
While loose leaf isn’t quite as convenient to make, realize you’re making a good trade-off, quality over convenience. Here’s how we recommend you do it…
How to Steep
You can get as exact as you want with this. The recommended method to make a good batch of this tea is to heat water to 185oF. Using 4 grams (2 tbsp) per 8-10 oz of spring/filtered water, adjust to taste, 1-4 minutes. You should be able to get 3-4 steeps.
If you wish to “wing” it like some of us do though, bring water to near boiling. Use approximately a 3-finger pinch of the tea leaves in whatever way you wish to steep the tea. If using fillable tea bags, remove the bag from the water after 1-4 minutes.
We advise against using tap water or purified water.
Bag contains 60 grams. If using 4 grams per day, a bag should last you approximately 15 days.
Sourced from Jin Zai county, Anhui province, China.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.