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May 07, 2018

The health benefits of tea have been recognized across the globe for centuries. Using tea rather than coffee in your Bulletproof recipe is a fantastic substitute for a variety of reasons. Learn all about how to make Bulletproof Tea to jumpstart your day.  

The Tea Association of the U.S.A. reported that in 2017, Americans consumed “84 billion servings of tea,” which equates to about 3.8 billion gallons. Although we are a nation that has a reputation for its coffee drinking (consuming an estimated 146 billion cups of coffee per year), there are millions of people who regularly enjoy the taste and health benefits of tea. As you may already know, Bulletproof coffee is the healthiest way to drink coffee. However, if coffee isn’t your preferred beverage, you can still enjoy the health benefits of this recipe using tea as a fantastic substitute.

Learn more about Bulletproof tea, which teas are ideal to use, and why regular consumption of Bulletproof tea can improve your overall health and wellness.

What is Bulletproof Tea?

Adding healthy fats (such as coconut oil or MCT oil) to your tea provides a wide range of health benefits.

By now, you have likely heard about the concept of Bulletproof coffee. The idea behind this beverage is to add healthy fats to your daily cup of coffee. When making a cup of Bulletproof coffee, it is best to use one of the following fats: MCT oil, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, or grass-fed ghee. For those who are not coffee drinkers, there are also amazing benefits in using tea rather than coffee. Below are two of my favorite recipes for Bulletproof tea.

Bulletproof Tea 1.0


  •     8-12 ounces of organic tea (see recommended teas below)
  •     1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed ghee (salted or unsalted your choice)
  •     1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil


    -Make your tea. Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of tea using filtered water.

    -Add coconut oil. Use between 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. Starting slow and using raw coconut oil will provide the best health benefits.

    -Add grass-fed ghee. Use 1-2 tablespoons of local grass-fed ghee. Choosing salted or unsalted butter is acceptable.

    -Use a blender to combine (blend for about 20-30 seconds) and enjoy!

Bulletproof Tea 2.0


  •     8-12 ounces of organic tea (see recommended teas below)
  •     1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed ghee
  •     1 teaspoon – 2 tablespoons of high-quality MCT oil


    -Make your tea. Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of tea using filtered water.

    -Add MCT oil. Use 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon. Since MCT oil can sometimes upset your stomach, be sure to start slow.

    -Add grass-fed ghee. Use 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed ghee.

    -Use a blender to combine (blend for about 20-30 seconds) and enjoy!

Why Choose Tea Instead of Coffee?

Despite its health benefits for many individuals, coffee isn’t the right fit for everyone. Your genes determine whether or not you should be consuming coffee.

While it may come down to preference alone, there is one primary reason for using tea rather than coffee in any variation of a Bulletproof recipe. It is widely understood that coffee provides exceptional health benefits, including a reduced risk of liver disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease.

However, since nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, some individuals do not experience all of the well-known advantages of drinking coffee. Due to differences in genes, certain people may actually have an adverse reaction to the beverage. For those who have a specific gene variation1, coffee consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart attack. Nutrigenomics testing can reveal if you have gene variations that lead to a coffee sensitivity.

One additional reason for choosing tea over coffee is the prevalence of mycotoxins in conventional coffee. Since many types of coffee contain mycotoxins, you may not always have access to the kind of properly sourced, organic coffee that you should be using. If you can instead use organic tea, it is best to do so.

Bulletproof Tea infographic

Healthiest Teas To Try

Being intentional about the type of tea you choose will help you maximize your benefits.

All tea is not created equally. Rather than using any kind that is available, it is crucial to choose an organic tea with the highest number of health benefits. When searching for the right kind to use in your chosen Bulletproof tea recipe, select one of the following: Green tea, Yerba Mate, or Gotu Kola.

Green Tea Benefits

Green Tea Benefits

Green tea has been shown to promote a healthy gut microbiome, enhance fat burning, and decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers.

Due to the media coverage received over the years, it comes as no surprise that green tea is one of the healthiest choices for your tea. Unsure of what makes green tea so good for you? Here are some of the top reasons to consume it on a regular basis:

  • Green tea positively affects mitochondria, DNA methylation, and autophagy2. Autophagy is “a self-degradative process that is important for balancing sources of energy at critical times in development and in response to nutrient stress.”3 When there is a breakdown in this process, autoimmune conditions and other diseases can occur. Using tea made with green tea (especially in conjunction with intermittent fasting) can support a healthy balance in the autophagy process.
  • Promotes a healthy gut microbiome and healthy oral sinuses.4
  • Improves blood flow.
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Enhances fat burning efforts.
  • Reduces the risk of high blood pressure and Alzheimer's disease.
  • Decreases your chances of developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Yerba Mate Benefits

Yerba Mate is loaded with an incredible number of vitamins and nutrients. It has also been shown to enhance mental alertness and clarity.

Enjoy the taste of Yerba Mate? Using it as your tea of choice carries many advantages for your overall wellness. Discover some of the unique benefits of using Yerba Mate in your Bulletproof tea:

  • Yerba Mate has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), while supporting higher HDL levels (“good” cholesterol).5
  • Can help shed excess weight and reduce body fat (even in individuals who struggle with weight loss). 
  • A chemical compound found in Yerba Mate (called theobromine) can boost mental alertness and clarity.6 This compound serves as an exceptional alternative to caffeine.
  • Full of vitamins and nutrients. A sample of these nutrients includes: vitamin A, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and zinc.
  • Decreases inflammation throughout the body.

Gotu Kola Benefits

Not familiar with Gotu Kola? It is well-known throughout Asia as a potent botanical and a tasty food. It has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for its unique health properties.

  • Gotu Kola has been shown to enhance memory and focus.
  • Helps calm symptoms of psoriasis7 (with fewer side effects than conventional medication).
  • Contains specific chemicals that are known to decrease inflammation and blood pressure.
  • Increases collagen production, which is essential for wound and skin healing.
  • Boosts levels of glutathione and SOD. The production of these antioxidants further assists in collagen production, angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels), and wound healing.
  • Has been used in the treatment of “bacterial, viral, [and] parasitic infections.”
  • Used to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other psychiatric disorders.

Bulletproof Tea Benefits

Research & Benefits

After exploring the specific benefits of the top tea choices, it is also crucial to learn about the benefits of Bulletproof tea (and tea in general). While drinking each tea by itself carries with it immense health advantages, even more it nourishes the body.

  • Tea is high in polyphenols. Research has shown that polyphenols protect against the signs of aging and UV radiation.8
  • Polyphenols do many other incredible things for the body, and serve as abundant micronutrients in our diets. Quality teas naturally produce high levels of polyphenols. Evidence for the role of these compounds in the prevention of degenerative diseases (such as cancer and cardiovascular disease) is emerging. Ultimately, the effects of polyphenols depends on the quantity consumed, and on their bioavailability.9
  • Drinking a high-quality tea can inhibit colon cancer.10
  • Using healthy fats (such as coconut oil or MCT oil) in your tea could be better for your body than dairy.11
  • Bulletproof tea is a great tool for any autoimmune diet.
  • The specific kinds of healthy fats used in tea can help suppress your appetite and enhance cognitive function.

When looking to maximize the benefits of Bulletproof tea, it is also important to incorporate regular and intermittent fasting into your lifestyle. Proper fasting helps regulate your gut bacteria, and also assists in strengthening the immune system. While on a fast, tea can be used to help replenish the body and enhance the benefits of fasting.

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