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Moringa: The Complete Vegan Protein

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Of the 20 dietarily relevant amino acids, 11 are non-essential, which means our body can make them. But the rest must come from the diet. These other 9 are found together in animal proteins. Which is great - unless you are vegan. Enter Moringa! This miracle plant contains a whopping 17 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the very rare complete proteins in the plant world.

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Moringa: The Complete Vegan Protein

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Of the 20 dietarily relevant amino acids, 11 are non-essential, which means our body can make them. But the rest must come from the diet. These other 9 are found together in animal proteins. Which is great - unless you are vegan. Enter Moringa! This miracle plant contains a whopping 17 amino acids, and all 9 essential amino acids, making it one of the very rare complete proteins in the plant world.

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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What Are Tea Blends? How Do They Compare to Pure Teas?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tea comes in all types, tastes and varieties, but it will always be either a ‘pure tea’ or a ‘blended tea’. This post examines the world of pures and blends, and then puts blends under the microscope in terms of whether something that tastes like a liquid dessert can also be healthy, and what the science is around tea blends.

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Caffeine in Coffee and Tea: All You Need to Know

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Caffeine may be the most misunderstood molecule that we regularly consume. It is both adored and vilified, is extremely addictive, is consumed by over 90% of Americans every day, and studies have shown it can have an enormous range of effects. For something so potent, though, we tend to consume it without a lot of thought. This post covers what caffeine is, how it works, how to adjust caffeine levels in your tea, how much caffeine is actually in coffee and tea, and what caffeine levels are in different types of teas and tisanes (like yerba mate). 

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Caffeine in Coffee and Tea: All You Need to Know

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Caffeine may be the most misunderstood molecule that we regularly consume. It is both adored and vilified, is extremely addictive, is consumed by over 90% of Americans every day, and studies have shown it can have an enormous range of effects. For something so potent, though, we tend to consume it without a lot of thought. This post covers what caffeine is, how it works, how to adjust caffeine levels in your tea, how much caffeine is actually in coffee and tea, and what caffeine levels are in different types of teas and tisanes (like yerba mate). 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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The Health Benefits of Teas and Tisanes

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

The almost innumerable health benefits of tea vary in effect depending on the type of tea or herbal tea. Each does different things, and of course actions vary on how much tea you consume, the brewing temperature, the preparation method and how frequently you drink it. To give you an idea of how amazing herbal and true teas can be, I've given a brief summary of different health benefits attributed to these fantastic plants, looked at the tea vs coffee debate, and defined some of the more jargony chemical terms that every tea lover has seen but may not understand. 

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

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Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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Tulsi Holy Basil: An Ancient Tea for Modern Times

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Tulsi Holy Basil is a famous herb and tisane in the herbal medicine philosophy of India called Ayurveda. True to its title as “adaptogen”, Tulsi can be taken safely as a tonic (a fancy way to say drinking a tea or tisane for health purposes) over long periods of time and has virtually no side-effects. Holy Basil revitalizes, increases endurance and energizes, yet contains no caffeine. Furthermore, it contains phytochemicals that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and has even shown protective action for human blood lymphocytes by reducing chromosomal damage due to radiation. It's a pretty incredible tea!

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