A Super Tea To Boost Your Health

Alana Folen
Wednesday - September 08, 2010
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PepTea has worked wonders for Tan

Turning an obstacle into an opportunity is exactly what Maria Tan did after suffering from a debilitating car accident 13 years ago that left her with no energy and nearly physically incapacitated. That experience led Tan to create PepTea, a Hawaii-based company that produces a fermented drink known as Kombucha.

Tan, the company’s executive director, says the tea contains essential ingredients that are beneficial to your health.

“PepTea contains black tea and green tea and a special culture, vitamins, and glucaric, lactic and folic acid, which regulates the level of ‘good, friendly’ bacteria, and reduces the toxic pathogens that cause ill health,” says Tan, a native of Indonesia now living in Kaneohe. “The tea also contains traces of potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese and sugar.

“A few months after my accident I developed the culture for the tea, and have been drinking it on a daily basis ever since. I was able to teach piano and sit longer without pain. I could carry a purse and do regular grocery shopping and take longer walks feeling more energized, and my depression was gone,” she says.

Now in her mid-60s, Tan credits her exceptional health to PepTea, saying she never experienced hot flashes during menopause, has no allergies and is rarely sick.

“As a matter of fact, I haven’t taken any prescription drugs or aspirin for 13 years,” she adds. “I also have no hair loss and found there is more elasticity in my skin.”

The tea also is believed to help restore acid/alkaline balance, relieve constipation, regenerate cell walls, relieve headaches and stomach pains and proves effective for fatigue, nervous tension and aging symptoms.

Kombucha traces its roots back to China and Eastern Europe and has been widely researched in Russia and Germany as promoting increased energy, improved digestion and even regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Tan’s tea is produced locally, made with fresh island water, natural and organic ingredients combined with her collection of a specially formulated culture. PepTea sells for $1.65 for an 8-ounce bottle and $2.75 (16-ounce), and is available at Bubbleberry in Kaneohe, Down to Earth, Don Quijote, Kokua Market Natural Foods, Kale Natural Foods, Tamura stores and select Foodland stores.

“PepTea is tangy and refreshing,” says Tan, who is a pianist by profession and also works as a feng shui consultant and wedding coordinator. “It’s appropriate for people of all ages, although women who are pregnant may need to consult their doctor. I have received lots of positive feedback from customers.”

For more information, visit pepteahi.com or call 256-8423.

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