Second only to water, tea is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. Time and again research also suggests many health benefits associated with tea consumption—including antioxidant protection, heart health, and cognitive support because of its high content of bioactive ingredients including polyphenols (1, 2). Knowing the benefits and popularity of tea, Isagenix has created t+ Chai—a delicious chai-flavored black tea concentrate that comes in a convenient Easy Snap pack.
Complementing the tea in t+ Chai is an herbal adaptogen blend called Adapto+ formulated by the legendary scientist and “Father of Adaptogens,” Dr. Israel Brekhman. This novel and unique blend of adaptogenic herbs and botanicals contains stress-neutralizing agents and is ideal for supporting mental clarity, focus, and concentration.
What are adaptogens and who needs them?
Adaptogens are unique herbs and botanicals that strengthen the body’s capacity to resist and reduce stress as well as promote physical and mental performance. To be considered an adaptogen, the plant must meet three criteria (3):
- Have no or relatively low toxicity
- Reduce harmful effects of stress
- Normalize body systems and support optimal antioxidant status
We live in a high-stress environment. Stress from relationships, finances, and careers can pile on top of one another, and before we know it, we become accustomed to living in a state of chronic stress. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc on our health and our ability to perform mentally and physically over the long term.
Anyone who is looking to fight against the consequences of chronic stress and support optimal mental and physical performance should turn to stress-fighting adaptogens.
Focus and Control
The adaptogens in t+ Chai were chosen based on their ability to support optimal cognitive function. Whether you are casually working on a crossword or powering through a twenty-page report, t+ Chai gives you the calming focus and control you need. Some of these brain-boosting adaptogens include:
- Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) supports energy and mental performance in those with mild, stress-induced fatigue (4-6).
- Hawthorne berry (Crataegus oxycantha) assists in combating both physiological and psychological stressors (7). Additionally, it has been shown to support healthy circulation, relaxation, and antioxidant protection.
- Leuzea (Rhaponticum carthamoides) is also known as “maral root” or “Russian leuzea” and has been studied for its stress-fighting and antioxidant effects (8-9).
- Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is a plant that has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and has been shown to reduce feelings of fatigue and enhance cognitive function especially during stressful circumstances (10-13).
Black tea is also a key ingredient in the product with well-studied health benefits. Black tea contains catechins that stimulate thermogenesis, increase antioxidant status, and reduce self-rated stress (14-16). It also contains L-theanine, a calming amino acid that supports brain health (17).
What’s not in t+ Chai also has its benefits. With only 20 calories, zero sugar, and no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners, t+ Chai can be enjoyed guilt-free any time of the day. It can also be taken on Cleanse Days.
What’s the difference?
With the addition of t+ Chai, Isagenix now has three adaptogen-rich products:
- Ionix Supreme is a potent daily tonic that can help the body adapt to every day stressors and support healthy aging. The adaptogen blend (IsAdapt) in Ionix Supreme promote balance and homeostasis in the body. It truly is “Nature’s answer to Stress”. Recommended use is one to two servings per day, hot or cold.
- e+ Natural Energy Shot is a quick and easy way to get a healthy energy boost with natural caffeine from green tea and yerba mate. The adaptogen blend (Adapto+) helps target physiological as well as mental stress, supporting focus and concentration. It is a great alternative to coffee drinks and other energy beverages that can be high in sugar and calories. In fact, e+ has been shown to support weight loss on Cleanse Days. Consume no more than two per day for a morning boost, an afternoon pick-me-up, or pre-workout boost.
- t+ Chai contains the same adaptogen blend as e+, however it is paired with the calming properties of black tea and is formulated to specifically target cognitive function. Enjoy t+ Chai warm or iced any time of the day, even on Cleanse Days.
While there is some overlap in adaptogens, each product contains different kinds and amounts of ingredients to target specific health goals. It is completely safe to consume all three products on a daily basis for maximum benefits.
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