Formal Name: Camellia sinensis
Supplement Forms: Leaves, liquids

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


According to legend, tea leaves were first used to brew a tea beverage when Shennong, the Emperor of China in 2737 BC, was drinking boiling water and tea leaves fell from a nearby tree into his drink. The emperor was pleased by the flavor of his newly-discovered beverage, and enjoyed its restorative qualities.

Bodily Functions Tea Assists

The tea plant is native to south and southeast Asia, and is currently grown around the world in tropical areas. Tea leaves provide a bevy of health benefits, including the elimination of bacteria and the ability to treat asthma. Tea also produces a calming effect when brewed in certain ways, and naturally contains caffeine.

Foods High in Tea

Tea leaves are used in the brewing of a variety of teas, including white tea, black tea, green tea, and oolong tea. The type of tea that is brewed depends on the way the leaves are processed. Green tea supplements are also available in pill form.

Ailment That Tea Eliminates:
  • Kills the bacteria that creates bad breath
  • Provides a calming effect
  • Fights common cold symptoms, including cough and sore throat
  • Contains natural caffeine, providing alertness
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Caffeine is potentially addictive