The Purple Tea Of Arunachal Pradesh
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Tea is an integral part of Indian culture. According to a leading website, 62 percent of the Indians agree to the statement that ‘India is predominantly a tea-drinking nation’. If you are a tea lover, you must have enjoyed a lot of varieties. But have you heard of Purple Tea?  Yes, the one which was sold to Guwahati-based company in 2018 at the price of Rs 24,501 for 1.25 kg.

Purple tea is a distinct type of tea, made from purple tea leaves. It is called purple tea because the leaves are usually purple instead of green. These tea leaves are known to contain a mega antioxidant known as anthocyanins, which gives them a purple color. This rare tea was believed to be produced in Kenya and imported from Kenya to India. But according to Tocklai Tea Research Institute in 2015, its production actually started in Assam, India. Purple tea is not only beneficial for taste, but also for health. East Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh is said to be the hub of this rare kind of tea.  

Purple tea leaves provides a variety of nutrients and to preserve the nutrients and flavour, the tea leaves are withered, panned, rolled then dried. Here is the list of benefits of having purple tea: 

1. Rich In Antioxidants

Due to its method of harvesting processing, purple tea is considered to have the highest level of antioxidants. It's said to be rich in anthocyanins, which fight free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic illnesses like cancer, tumours and heart problems. 

 2. Anti-Inflammatory And Antiviral  

Purple tea contains anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which makes it valuable in fighting against common health problems. These included colds, flu and other respiratory problems like asthma. Purple tea contains anesthetic properties, which makes the tea a painkiller. 

3. Reduces Cholesterol And Promotes Heart Health 

 Purple tea lowers cholesterol levels and prevents it from being oxidised thus boosting heart health. Purple tea contains polyphenols and anthocyanins which reduces the risk of heart diseases. Purple tea also helps maintain healthy blood pressure and promote normal blood vessel function thus preventing strokes and cardiovascular diseases. 

 4. Boosts Cognitive Function 

As the tea has less caffeine compared to other types of teas, purple tea improves concentration and focus. It also helps to maintain a positive mood. Purple tea is said to be a promising ingredient in the treatment of amnesia and dementia. 

  5. Good For Skin 

 Purple tea is also said to boost skin appearance and promote skin repair. It's a natural moisturizer that keeps the skin hydrated, reducing oiliness and breakouts and supports weight loss. 

Besides being refreshing and delicious, this tea from the gardens of Arunachal Pradesh is also packed with several health benefits. So, if you are ever bored of your regular tea, you can definitely spend your money on this exotic tea.