What? Shape Shifting Teas?

Q My husband ordered me ShapeShifter Teas (which is working wonderfully!) but it seems to me from reading the directions that one serving is one tablespoon and I should be using 3 tablespoons a day. But I’ve only had the tea for a week and I don’t see how it will last me 30 days if I use that much each day. Is each serving a teaspoon? Please let me know thanks!

TRACY, Rochester, NY

A Are you using a standard tablespoon? One container of ShapeShifter Teas contains 90 servings, each 1 tablespoon. Therefore, it will make 3 servings of tea a day for 30 days. Another idea you should be aware of is the supplemental use of ShapeShifter EGCG Booster Caps. By placing 1–2 caps in your tea prior to steeping, you will enjoy a significant lift in the values of the tea.

Technical: Gallocatechin gallate (GCG) is the ester of gallocatechin and gallic acid and a type of catechin. It is an epimer of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In a high temperature environment, an epimerization change is likely to occur, because heating results in the conversion from EGCG to GCG.1 According to the referenced study, the resulting CGC results in even lower dietary cholesterol absorption than occurs with EGCG. While this may be a beneficial outcome with respect to cholesterol reduction activity, for those wishing to maximize the EGCG content of green tea infusions, it is still appropriate to use high temperatures, as long as it is taken into account that extreme conditions will lead to small reductions in total EGCG. For example, total EGCG is reduced by 12.4% when heated for 30 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius.2

To optimize on lowering cholesterol absorption, ShapeShifter Teas Booster Caps are intended to be added to ShapeShifter Teas, which by itself produce an earthy, bitter taste. When the Booster Caps are added, the flavor becomes even more intense. However, by adding lemon or orange oil, the teas become somewhat more drinkable.

Final note: Of individuals who have been consuming ShapeShifter Teas plus the Booster Caps for several months to several years, many report that they have grown to enjoy the flavors.


  1. Ikeda I, Kobayashi M, Hamada T et al. Heat-epimerized tea catechins rich in gallocatechin gallate and catechin gallate are more effective to inhibit cholesterol absorption than tea catechins rich in epigallocatechin gallate and epicatechin gallate. J Agric Food Chem 2003;51(25):7303–7.
  2. Wang R, Zhou W, Jiang X. Reaction kinetics of degradation and epimerization of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in aqueous system over a wide temperature range. J Agric Food Chem 2008;56(8):2694–701.

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