Most people are aware of the health benefits of drinking green or black tea—including improving your memory. But Dr. Fred Pescatore has another suggestion…
“For maximum protection against dementia,” he says, “nothing beats the power of purple tea.”
If you’ve never heard of purple tea before, I’m not surprised. It’s only been available in the U.S. for a short time.
But as Dr. Pescatore points out in his Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan, research already shows that purple tea may be more powerful than green and black teas at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
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 equatorial region 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. And those compounds also happen to be highly beneficial for your brain—especially polyphenols.
Polyphenols are antioxidant-rich plant compounds that act as powerful disease-fighters in the human body. And they’re also prebiotic, which means they nurture the bacteria in your digestive tract.
Purple tea contains a significantly greater percentage of polyphenols compared to green and black teas. And Dr. Pescatore notes that purple has a specific polyphenol called GHG that’s not present in other tea varieties.
In two clinical trials, GHG supported weight loss by helping reduce body mass index, fat mass, hip size, and waist size—all while still improving lean body mass. This helps promote metabolic balance—one of the keys to dementia prevention.
The higher polyphenol content also gives purple tea’s antioxidant activity a substantial boost—another key to the prevention of chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s. In fact, the antioxidants in green and black teas top out at 34 percent free radical scavenging rate, while purple tea’s free radical scavenging is greater than 50 percent.
15x more powerful than blueberries
Other protective compounds in purple tea include anthocyanins—a component that gives famously healthy blueberries, raspberries, and other botanicals their purplish color. But again, purple tea wins out over the others. For instance, purple tea contains a stunning 15 times more anthocyanins than blueberries!
Anthocyanins help fight chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer, but they’re also proven to promote brain health by maintaining your ability to recall memories and to focus on tasks.
“To make purple tea even more appealing to me,” Dr. Pescatore says, “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.”
Dr. Pescatore cites a mouse study where Kenyan purple tea significantly boosted brain antioxidant capacity. “And notably,” he adds, “the researchers found that purple tea anthocyanins can cross the blood-brain barrier, reinforcing the brain’s antioxidant capacity.”
Brew purple tea with care—here’s why…
Purple tea’s unique level of neuroprotection makes it one of the most brain-healthy beverages in existence. But Dr. Pescatore adds a cautionary note about brewing purple tea…
He says, “Tea plants are super-efficient at picking up fluoride from soil, and then storing high concentrations in their leaves. As a result, some studies show that home-brewed tea can deliver a whopping 113 percent more fluoride than the CDC recommends in drinking water.”
He explains that rates of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid function) are nearly twice as high in communities that use fluoridated water. And research shows that hypothyroidism more than doubles the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in women.
But you can prevent this excessive fluoride infusion by using noncommercially processed, organic purple tea leaves, whenever possible. Then, he says, “Triple brew the leaves with bottled, still mineral water to get all of purple tea’s health benefits with less of the worrisome fluoride.”
And if a cup of tea isn’t your thing, you can also take purple tea supplements. If you do, Dr. Pescatore recommends 100 mg daily.
You can find more details about purple tea and many other natural approaches to maintain excellent cognitive health in Dr. Pescatore’s Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan.
Click here to enroll today or to learn more about this essential protocol.
“Kenyan purple tea anthocyanins ability to cross the blood brain barrier and reinforce brain antioxidant capacity in mice” Nutritional Neuroscience 2014; 17(4): 178-185. doi: 10.1179/1476830513Y.0000000081.