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The story of Inca Tea begins with three adventurous friends: Ryan, Zach and Phil, a winding Peruvian mountain trail, 16 thousand feet, 10 days, 28 degree weather, determination and a little magic.

This time the magic took the form of Edgar, their guide, and an amazing tea recipe. A mixture of boiling water, purple corn and freshly cut apples were combined to create an energizing and refreshing tea, which aided them in the rest of their climb together. Edgar not only led them through the trails, but also led them towards a new direction in their lives.

This magical tea concoction stayed with Ryan so strongly that in returning home to the U.S., he brought with him the dream of Inca Tea. Containing purple corn with its powerful antioxidants and thousands of years of Incan tradition, Inca Tea makes their magical ending yours, too.

Purple corn - the superfood of the ancient Andes - whose wonder was discovered by the Incas long ago continues to reveal the benefits it has to offer humankind today. The healing properties of purple corn reside in two phytonutrients contained within the plant: anthocyanins and phenolic. Let’s take a closer look at these compounds:

Anthocyanins - One first notices the striking color of this particular species of corn and that is exactly where the healing begins. Anthocyanins are a type of complex flavonoid that produces blue, red and purple colors in plants. Healing properties of this nutrient include:
- Regeneration of connective tissues
- Stabilization and protection of capillaries and blood vessels from free radical damage
- Promotion of collagen formation
- Circulation improvement
- Anti-inflammatory

Phenolic Compounds - While studies continue to reveal the benefits of this phytonutrient it is known that a diet rich in polyphenolic compounds:
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Provides a potent anti-cancer agent and reduces cancer cell growth
- Lowers blood pressure
- Prevents development and offers possible cure of diabetes and obesity
- Reduces blood clots
- Protects against atherosclerosis

Purple corn is also a significant source of three powerful antioxidants, cyanidin 3-glucoside, pelargondin and peonidin. This superfood has been found to be even more potent in antioxidants than blueberries. Accompanied by the healing properties of the above phytonutrients the benefits of antioxidant intake include:
- Cell regeneration that keeps us looking young and protected from disease
- Cholesterol reduction
- Blood flow regulation

Inca Tea comes in 4 different blends – Peruvian Spiced Berry, Tawanin Black Tea, Mountain of Mango and Pick Me Up Peach. They are hand made with non-GMO purple corn, have no preservatives and are gluten free. The boxes are made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials with the tea sachets and overwraps being 100% biodegradable. And one more thing…Ryan (founder and TeaEO) is from Cleveland and Inca Tea is a local product.

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120. Thomas Bailey
Thursday, May 15, 2014 4:27 PM
Heather,
Thanks for the well written article. The first two paragraphs made me want to read more, now I'll look for the tea as well.
Thanks!
Thom

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