What The Heck Does That Mean? KABAKI Glossary Of Useful Terms

Antioxidant? Free radical? Polyphenol? Anthocyanin?

What the heck are those??!! 


It is without a doubt, KABAKI and purple tea have numerous health benefits. However, reading terms like anthocyanin and polyphenol can get a bit confusing. We want to make it a little easier. Check out our glossary on terms often used to describe purple tea and many other nutrient rich foods. 


ANTIOXIDANTS are molecules that protect cells against free radicals in the body. Free radicals, often caused by smoking, alcohol or pollution, can wreak havoc on your cells and cause what’s called “oxidative stress” in the body which can lead to health issues such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and cancer. Antioxidants fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals as the name literally means “anti” oxidation.


ANTHOCYANIN is a water soluble pigment that, depending on their pH, may appear red, blue or black. They are a class of compounds that have antioxidant effects. Recent research suggests that anthocyanins can fight off heart disease and cancer.


CAMELLIA SINENSIS is the scientific name for the plant that purple tea originates from. As a matter of fact, green tea, black tea, and purple tea all originate from this plant. What sets them apart is the conditions in which the plant is cultivated. The Camellia Sinensis plant that KABAKI originates from is grown in high altitudes in the hot Kenyan sun, giving the plant a purple tint.


EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE (EGCGis a plant-based compound known as a catechin, a type of antioxidant, which belongs to a larger group of plant-based compounds known as polyphenols. EGCG, which is most commonly found in tea, has antioxidant components and fight free radicals in the body. Research suggests that EGCG may reduce inflammation in the body, diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.


FREE RADICALS are atoms that have unstable electrons that wreak havoc on the body in order to seek out other electrons and become a pair. The damage to the cells called “oxidative stress” can cause a variety of serious illnesses and cancer.


GLUTEN FREE is any food or drink product that does not contain gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat as well as rye and barley. Those who adopt a gluten free diet often suffer from gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance, or Celiac disease. KABAKI is naturally gluten free as it is made from tea leaves.


L-THEANINE is an amino acid most commonly found in tea leaves. Research supports the fact that L-theanine promotes relaxation without the feeling of drowsiness. While it is most commonly found in tea, L-theanine is also available in tablet or pill form as a supplement. The amino acid is most commonly used to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress, increase focus, boost immunity, control blood pressure, and prevent cancer.


NON-GMO GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism” and can refer to any plant, animal, or microorganism whose genetic makeup was modified in a laboratory producing a product that was not naturally created. Therefore, Non-GMO certification identifies products that were not genetically modified. KABAKI is proud to be a Non-GMO certified product.


ORGANIC refers to the farming method in which food is produced without the use of chemicals or pesticides. KABAKI uses organically grown purple tea, organic cane sugar, and organic natural flavors.


POLYPHENOLS are micronutrients that we get through plant-based foods. Research suggests that polyphenols can help improve digestion issues, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and weight management.


SUSTAINABLY GROWN is a framework that is applied to agricultural applications around the world. Like the name suggests, the framework is a certification that acknowledges the method of farming has no deleterious effect on the soil or on future crops and harvests. KABAKI is not only organically grown but sustainably grown as well!


VEGAN refers to a diet that does not include any animal meat or animal by-products. This means that vegans do not consume meat, fish, dairy, eggs, or even honey. KABAKI is a naturally vegan beverage as it is sweetened with organic cane sugar.


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