Health Advantages of Tea

Drinking tea, especially green tea is associated with many health benefits, ranging from cancer prevention to weight loss. However, most people are not familiar with the exact method of preparation of tea to maximize the health benefits of tea.

This article tells the benefits of tea which is made from the leaves of the plant, Camellia sinensis, and other herbal tea. Tea is a drug-free drink to assist with anxiety. You can buy it from various online stores.

Think of your tea preparation as an opportunity to play at being a chemist in the lab or in the rain forest shamans who work to extract the maximum amount of beneficial compounds. The main compounds of interest here are called polyphenols. Follow these steps:

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1. The selection "reaction vessel" you for tea preparation is very important. You should choose a pot to boil water for tea and any vessel used to steep the tea that will not react with tea polyphenols. Ideally, a pot made of heat-resistant glass would be ideal.

2. Start with good quality water for your tea preparation. Water must be free of hardening mineral water as this will interfere with the taste and more importantly with the extraction of useful compounds.

3. Next, heat the water to boiling point (212F) and then let it settle for a few seconds. The key here is to not have water so hot that both components of tea are pushed out of the air and not too cool to not make them soluble.

4. The time that the hot water in contact with the tea is very important. It's called the steeping time. Steeping time is less than 5 minutes extract only 20 percent of the good things that will be extracted after 8 to 10 minutes of steeping time.