Twig tea - a new superfood for 2014? Women's Health & Fitness

Twig tea

What is it?
“Kukicha twig tea is a green tea mix of the stems, stalks and twigs of the camellia sinensis plant,” Wolfe says. “It’s an excellent tea overall, with numerous herbal benefits including improving immunity, heart health, poor digestion, weight loss, sluggishness and fatigue.
 “Kukicha green tea is also an excellent source of antioxidants (catechins), calming L-theanine, as well as amino acids and minerals: copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc.”

What do you do with it?
Make a cuppa!

Is it super?
“No, but it is a super herb,” Wolfe says. A 2009 study by Kingston University supports Wolfe’s notion that twig tea may in fact be a super herb. The study showed that white tea, derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, has anti-inflammatory, high anti-collagenase, high antioxidant properties, which all slow the breakdown of elastin and collagen. That’s a win for your skin. Teatox, anyone?