Highest antioxidant level black tea?

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Highest antioxidant level black tea?

by ivy424 » Jul 25th 06 11:22 pm

Could anyone recommend a brand of black tea that has a documented high level of antioxidants? Ideally, I'm looking for something that is easy to find. All responses would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Here we go...

by keelyn » Jul 26th 06 1:44 am

Looking for an easy-to-find brand? Try Adagio Tea. In fact, you just found it.

Highest antioxidant level black tea? In the world of tea, this is an oxymoron. Black tea is the most processed and therefore has the least antioxidants. But some antioxidants are still there and so are their effects. Just not as many antioxidants as say, a white tea. Even the differences b/w these teas aren't terribly great.

Which high-antioxidant black adagio tea? Well, the Darjeelings and the Yunnan Gold don't look as burnt to hell as the others. However, I tried Adagio's first flush darjeeling and I thought it was a green tea, so if you're looking for a solid black go for the yunnan gold. Everyone seems to like it a great deal.

Looking for documentation? I'd be happy to begin research if you would be generous enough to offer me a grant for scientific study on this topic.

One more thing: please, please, please don't drink tea only for health effects. It tastes good, too, you know.

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by ivy424 » Jul 26th 06 2:05 pm

Not to worry, I drink tea first and foremost because I love the taste of it. I just thought that while I'm drinking it, I would try to find the one with the highest heath benefits.

I came across this on a few sites about teas. That's when I posted my question to see if anyone knew more information. Thank you for your response!


In measuring the catechin content of a variety of green and black teas that were brewed for about 3 minutes each, Henning and colleagues found levels as high as 217 milligrams for Celestial Seasonings Green Tea, 201 milligrams for Lipton Green Tea, 164 milligrams for Bigelow Darjeeling Blend (black tea) and 157 milligrams for Uncle Lee's Green Tea.

On the lower end, they found 53 milligrams of catechins in Stash Premium Green Tea Decaf, 46 milligrams in Twinings Earl Grey Black Tea, 38 milligrams in Bigelow Constant Comment (black tea) and just 10 milligrams in Bigelow Constant Comment Decaf.

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by Madam Potts » Aug 9th 06 4:01 pm

Have you tried a darker oolong (wuyi, Tikuanyin) instead of black?

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by ivy424 » Aug 9th 06 5:57 pm

No, I haven't but I'll give it a try - thank you!

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by keelyn » Aug 9th 06 9:55 pm

I found that article you mentioned (my google-fu is strong!). It's actually quite interesting.

What I found most interesting is this :
"Most scientists that really have studied this have found that the number of antioxidants in black tea are actually higher than what are found in green tea."

This pretty much turns everything upside down as to what most of us have read about antioxidant content in tea. Very interesting stuff and this claim is further explained in the article.

By the way, did you notice how few antioxidants were in the Stash green tea? I bet the decaffeination process can remove/destroy antioxidants as well as caffeine.

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by ivy424 » Aug 10th 06 12:53 am

Yes, I did notice this and also found it interesting! Thank you for your imput and interest.

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Re: Highest antioxidant level black tea?

by Sarai » Aug 6th 14 8:47 am

As far as I know off the top of my head, Darjeeling and English Breakfast are the two black teas with the highest antioxidant level, both ranging from about 46 milligrams of antioxidants at the minimum per cup of tea.

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Re: Highest antioxidant level black tea?

by Poseidon » Aug 7th 14 12:47 pm

Sarai wrote:As far as I know off the top of my head, Darjeeling and English Breakfast are the two black teas with the highest antioxidant level, both ranging from about 46 milligrams of antioxidants at the minimum per cup of tea.
Really? a thread from 8 years ago? :roll:

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Re: Highest antioxidant level black tea?

by Sarai » Aug 7th 14 10:54 pm

Poseidon wrote:
Sarai wrote:As far as I know off the top of my head, Darjeeling and English Breakfast are the two black teas with the highest antioxidant level, both ranging from about 46 milligrams of antioxidants at the minimum per cup of tea.
Really? a thread from 8 years ago? :roll:
Really? A thread bumping elitist and watchman? :roll:

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Re: Highest antioxidant level black tea?

by Poseidon » Aug 8th 14 12:16 pm

Sarai wrote:
Poseidon wrote:
Sarai wrote:As far as I know off the top of my head, Darjeeling and English Breakfast are the two black teas with the highest antioxidant level, both ranging from about 46 milligrams of antioxidants at the minimum per cup of tea.
Really? a thread from 8 years ago? :roll:
Really? A thread bumping elitist and watchman? :roll:
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