Purple tea is a new cultivar of Camellia Sinesis, developed and grown in Kenya that has recently hit the UK high-street.
Kenyan Purple tea is said to have even greater health benefits than black, green and white tea.
What makes Purple tea so special, is that it contains very high levels of health-promoting anthocyanins, which are the pigment responsible for giving the leaves their distinctive deep purple colour.
Anthocyanin’s are members of the flavonoid group of phytochemicals and are naturally found in many foods such as fruits, vegetables and other red, blue and purple foods.
Anthocyanin’s are said to have a number of benefits such as potent antioxidant and free radical scavaging properties, reducing inflammation, protecting the DNA, decreasing capillary permeability, fragility, and membrane strengthening, plus may even possess anti-cancer activity.
Research has also found that Kenya Purple tea has higher total polyphenol and theanine levels than standard tea varieties.
Purple and blue foods are very rare in the standard western diet, with blueberries and red grapes being the most commonly consumed anthocyanin-rich foods.
The Natural Health Blogger’s Review
As past readers of my blog will probably already know, I’m a massive tea drinker and fan of the health benefits of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
I have been eyeing up trying Kenya Purple tea for some time now, but had never come across the chance to purchase any locally.
This was until the other week when I was in my local Marks and Spencers store and noticed that they had just added Purple tea to their range.
The Purple tea is flavoured with blueberry pieces, so it’s difficult to get a true gauge of the flavour. But the taste isn’t bitter like some tea varieties and is very refreshing. The blueberry and Hibiscus add a slight fruity tart taste and the tea also has a nice floral smell to it.
Personally, I didn’t notice much of a “caffeine buzz” from the purple tea, this may be due to the reported higher levels of the relaxing amino acid L-theanine, which is said to balance out the stimulating effects of caffeine.
I have been experimenting with the Purple tea for around a week now and so far have been really enjoying this tea. As to the effects, what I have noticed is that i feel more clear headed and refreshed after drinking a cup.
If you are a fan of trying new teas, then I would definitely recommend giving Kenya Purple tea a try. I can see Purple tea becoming very popular in the future as an alternative to black and green tea’s.
£1.89 per 15 pyramid tea bags.
Ingredients & Allergen Information
Purple tea(80%), Hibiscus, Flavouring(5%), Blueberry pieces(3%) and Lime Peel.
Where To Purchase & More Information
Purple tea with blueberry is now available to purchase from most UK Marks and Spencers stores.