Ginger, the ingredient that puts the kick in kick-ass.

Here’s the thing about green tea, while the health benefits are incredible and beyond dispute, the taste can sometimes leave something to be desired. In fact, in certain cases, a single origin maté or matcha can have the flavor profile of pond water. If pond water is your thing, cool, no judgement. At Sportland Tea Company, we wanted to make sure that we created not only highly effective performance tea, but also blends that are delicious. Because everything should taste good. Unless you really do like pond water, then we can’t help you.

However, the good news about these flavor enhancing ingredients is that they provide additional benefits. Ginger, in particular, is a proven immune booster and has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is a also a good source of vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, iron, zinc, calcium and beta-carotene.

You see, we wouldn’t just add a random herb to your tea and call it a day. We do a lot of research and testing to seek out the most healthful flavor enhancer. Our goal is to have you drink our blends and actually think “Holy shit, this tea is like a magic elixir”. You would be correct.

And there are more reasons why we add ginger to our Performance, Endurance, Recovery, and Power blends beyond the tongue punch:

Settles Upset Stomach
The carminative properties present in ginger can be used to calm an upset stomach. It also helps relax the gastrointestinal muscles, hence preventing gas and bloating. If runner’s stomach is a problem for you, then ginger is your answer. You’ll thank us after your next 200 mile relay race and you’ve skipped some of those lines at the porta-potties that have been in a field for 24 hours and used by thousands of runners…. Sorry, traumatic flashback.

Prevents Cold and Flu
Ginger boosts the immune system and contains antiviral, antitoxic and antifungal properties. By inducing sweating and expelling heat, it also relieves mild fever. Now, you have zero reasons not to run in the snow. Except for maybe that running in the snow is really cold.

Ginger works like vitamin B6 in the treatment of nausea.Vitamin B6 is known to be effective in getting rid of morning sickness, motion sickness, or nausea. Or pre-race nerves. Because those are for real.

Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat the pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. According to a 2001 study, ginger extract was found to be effective in reducing the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the knee. Drink more of our tea and be cured of knee injuries! Okay, we can’t make that claim. But we can say that you will probably have less pain, possibly because of the ginger. You’re welcome.

You may have noticed that we add ginger to just about every blend we make. Yeah, we're those kinds of ginger fans. Not to be confused with adoration of Lindsey Lohan, because that kind of ginger is just cray. It's the ginger flavor we crave.

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