While tea is a drink that has many health benefits, there are types of tea and different methods to brew it that can have a greater overall impact on health. These health benefits are the result of bioactive compounds that are released from the tea leaves while brewing.
All tea, except herbal and fruit tea are derived from the same plant, camellia sinensis. Green or black tea have certain traits that are more desirable depending on the situation. Green tea has more antioxidants and less caffeine, while black tea is best for the morning or mid-day boost of energy.
The benefit of a tea kettle on the stove top may only be aesthetic. Heating water in the microwave for brewing tea has been shown to be superior to maximize the health benefit of tea. A University study has shown that using microwave heated water results in a greater amount of bioactives released than when using a kettle.
Unlike many other products, with tea price doesn’t necessary correlate with the health benefits. Tea bags, which are less expensive than loose leaf have been shown to have greater health benefits. These benefits are the result of the size of the leafs in the bag and the presence of more stems.
There is still a debate whether or not adding milk to tea increases the amount of nutrients consumed. Some scientists think there is a benefit while others don’t think it matters.
- 1With tea, the longer you brew it with boiling water the more bioactive ingredients you extract from it.
- 2Lowering the pH of your tea to a more acidic level, possibly by adding a lemon wedge, also extracts more nutritional elements from the tea.
- 3Green tea generally has more antioxidants and less caffeine than black tea.
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