Do you know EGCG is not only in green tea? – Clarity Tea
Only green tea has EGCG (anti-oxidant)? - Clarity Tea

Only green tea has EGCG (anti-oxidant)?

Only green tea has EGCG (anti-oxidant)?

A quick answer - No.

All the skincare lovers should know EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) which is very famous for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory power. But it is a chemical compound NOT ONLY in green tea but also other types of tea.

Why EGCG becomes popular?

EGCG may help us reducing inflammatory issues from our liver to our skin. And it may also help us improving brain function and reactivating our immune system. 

It is a type of antioxidant can be found in many natural food, especially in tea.  

Remember, EGCG is one of the chemical compound in tea, other water-soluble compounds like catechin (C), EC, ECG are also helping our health.

whole leaf EGCG in Camellia sinensis

Camellia sinensis

EGCG in tea

It is a myth that people promote matcha tea and green tea as a potent antioxidant. EGCG is a compound in catechin which can be found in EVERY type of Camellia sinensis tea - means green tea, oolong tea, white tea, black tea and puer tea. 

Not ONLY green tea has EGCG or catechin (polyphenols).

Not ONLY green tea has EGCG or catechin (polyphenols).

Not ONLY green tea has EGCG or catechin (polyphenols).

(This is so important that we have to repeat three times. )

ALL tea that are made from Camellia sinensis has certain nutrition level in it.


 What factors decide EGCG levels?

The direct answer is "oxidation level" which links to the "process" of tea-making.

Note: All the tea are from the same plant called Camellia sinensis, the green tea bud you see in many photos. So herbal tea is not technically "tea". But it does have many other natural benefits.


Green tea doesn't go through the fermentation process which keeps the most nutrition inside the tea leaf. But there are many other factors will decide the level of nutrition, like agronomic condition, age of tea plants, weather, level of fermentation and transport to consumers. 

We can only say:
Because green tea is non-fermented tea, so generally speaking, the level of catechin is the highest. But it's not always the case in every green tea, like supermarket dusty teabags.


EGCG in green tea and oolong tea

How about other tea?

Being a proper tea nerd, we search on Google Scholar for more scientific supports. Based on studies from China, Taiwan and the UK, catechin and EGCG can also be found in all types of tea, even in fruit tea. 

There is one type of tea is missing, called High Mountain Tea which is grown at 1000 meters above sea level. Many studies (in Chinese language) shows that the some nutrition level of high mountain tea like amino acid is higher than any other tea. Like EGCG, Amino Acid may also help in protecting our body cell from free radical (one of a main reason causing cancer).

Let's not forget tea is still a NATURAL product, there are many factors that will decide nutrition level in tea, like the seasonality, soil condition in tea gardens, tea-making process and more. 


What is the best tea for you?

The answer is -  Choose what you like and feel how your body and skin react. Incorporate tea drinking into your lifestyle and keep yourself happy with healthy food. 

In order to see the magic power of tea, the advised daily consumption is about 2 to 3 cups, it is roughly 600ml pure tea for 6 weeks. No added sugar.

Remember, sugar will increase the acidity in our stomach and accumulating our overall body fat. 


Check out our Silk Dancer High Mountain Oolong which is the rare green oolong tea that you wouldn't want to miss. 

Or, 4-in-one tea tube box that includes four of our classic tea in one box.