Tea, health & sports


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The health benefits of tea

"If you're cold, tea will warm you up. If you're hot, it will relax you. If you're depressed, it will comfort you. If you're excited, it will calm you. William Gladstone

Great teas combine the pleasure of the palate with many beneficial aspects. The buds and first leaves give the finest qualities of tea, and it is these teas that contain the most active elements.


The phenols and polyphenols in tea are powerful antioxidants. They are found in large quantities in tea and dissolve in water. They are therefore active in the aqueous zones of the body. They prevent the oxidising action of free radicals by neutralising them. In this way, they prevent the destruction and modification of cells (particularly their walls) by this undesirable oxidation.

This reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other illnesses.

Amino acids

Tea contains certain amino acids that are rare in natural form. They have a calming effect on the brain and support the immune system.

Caffeine - Theine

All tea families (White, Green, Oolong, Black, Pu-erh) contain theine (caffeine) to varying degrees. However, its action on the human body is different from that of caffeine in coffee.

The caffeine in tea (particularly in unfermented tea) is linked to large organic molecules, phenolic compounds, which slow down the stimulating effects on the body. These large molecules are therefore assimilated more slowly and affect the body differently. After a short time, coffee stimulates the heart and blood circulation. Tea (particularly green tea) has a gentler, gradual and lasting effect. It stimulates the brain and central nervous system.

So it's a good idea to differentiate the effects of caffeine/theine according to the type of beverage consumed.

Calming tea

The amount of theine depends on the type of tea and how it is prepared. Green teas generally contain less theine than black teas. What's more, tea in small pieces will release its theine more quickly than tea with whole leaves.

With a good quality whole-leaf tea, theine can be reduced by removing the water after an initial short infusion of 45 seconds. Then brew as normal. This method removes some of the theine without destroying too much of the tea's flavour. The polyphenols dissolve more slowly. This preserves their beneficial and calming effects.

If you want to avoid all theine, you can choose a caffeine-free tea (caffeine-free Earl Grey or caffeine-free Chinese Sencha) or one of our infusions.


Tea has a preventive and curative effect on arteriosclerosis. All types of tea reduce 'bad' cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) and increase 'good' cholesterol (high density lipoprotein). The most effective teas in this respect are green, white and Pu-erh teas.

Fermentation - oxidation

Fermentation causes a chemical transformation of phenols/polyphenols. It modifies certain substances. This is essentially oxidation.

Green tea and white tea (non-oxidised) therefore have their own health benefits. Pu-erh is fermented but not oxidised (see specific paragraph above).


Caffeine slows down the absorption of iron into the body. People suffering from iron deficiency should therefore avoid drinking tea at the same time as an iron-rich meal. Instead, tea can be drunk outside the meal. For people with too much iron, drinking tea with a meal is recommended.

Complementary effects of Green Tea

Green tea is particularly high in vitamins C, A, B and P, as well as trace elements and phenols/polyphenols. It increases concentration and physical capacity, improves blood circulation and protects teeth (good fluoride content). It has anti-inflammatory, digestive and anti-depressant effects, and helps to regenerate the skin.

Several recent studies suggest that green tea helps to prevent certain cancers (in particular stomach, colon and possibly even lung cancer). In particular, scientists are studying the main active component in Green Tea, GEGC (epigallocatechol gallate). GEGC is particularly effective at destroying free radicals (in an aqueous environment), the toxic molecules involved in cell ageing.

These protective effects have been observed in people who drink a lot of Green Tea.

Complementary effects of Pu-erh

The oxygen-free fermentation of this tea gives it its specific properties. In particular, it develops particularly effective digestive substances over time. It helps the liver to function properly.

In China, P'uh-êhr has been known and appreciated for many centuries. It is considered the tea of well-being. It provides relief from diarrhoea and indigestion. It soothes sore throats and helps combat colds.

It can be highly effective against headaches.

As for its slimming properties, they are only effective on certain constitutions. Nevertheless, P'uh-êhr can be considered a good complement to weight loss efforts.

It also has a slightly euphoric effect.

Tea & Sport

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Sportsmen and women can benefit from several beneficial aspects of tea.

Green tea is good for the joints

The anti-inflammatory effects of green tea are a good way of reducing joint inflammation. It can be combined with the effects of other plants such as horsetail (cartilage-nourishing silicon) and ash (anti-inflammatory). You'll find this composition in our "Patte de Velours" blend.

Other aspects

Green Tea purifies and helps recovery in general and in sport in particular.

Sport generates free radicals and other substances that the body must neutralise and eliminate. Thanks to its purifying action, Green Tea speeds up this cleansing process and thus directly aids recovery.

Pu-erh tea for endurance sports

During long sporting efforts, one tricky aspect is to eat correctly and sufficiently. Sometimes, after a while, energy food becomes difficult to tolerate.

Pu-erh tea is an ideal natural aid for getting the digestion going again. Several elite sportsmen and women have discovered that drinking a small flask of P'uh-êhr at such times enabled them to eat normally again after around ten minutes.

Recovery can also be speeded up by complementary nutrients that we have added to some of our formulas.

Turmeric is an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It is particularly useful for digestive problems. Viva Curcuma is a product based on rooibos, turmeric and berries (goji, bilberry, etc.).

Moringa is an excellent natural nutritional supplement. To replenish your vitamins and minerals. You'll find it in Forza Moringa, a blend with matcha and other beneficial ingredients.

Matcha is a concentrate of the qualities of infused green tea. It is easy to prepare. All you need to do is froth it up with cold water and add a little hot water if necessary. To do this simply, use a small electric mixer.

These 'boosting' and beneficial effects are highly recommended instead of 'Energy Drinks' or to replace excess coffee.

Find all our explanations on how to prepare matcha tea on our dedicated page.

Préparation du matcha

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