Green tea has been used around the world as a preferred beverage. When it comes to how to make green tea there are many different options.
For centuries green tea has provided many medicinal properties and health benefits. Green tea is full of anti-aging antioxidants that help prevent diseases like cardiovascular, cancer, brain, and more. green-tea1, green-tea2
There are many different ways to enjoy green tea from plain tea leaf and hot water to fancy smoothies. But how to make green tea and maximize the health benefits you must prepare it in a special way and avoid adding certain ingredients that hinder the green tea antioxidants.
Where did green tea come from?
Green tea dates back to ancient China and the monks use it to this day for meditation because of the mind calming effect. This calming effect is from the amino acid L-Theanine. A Chinese legend says that when Emperor Shannong was outside some green tea leaves fell into his pot with hot water and this is how it was discovered.
Oolong tea and black tea come from the same plant as green tea but go through different processes. Green tea however is the most pure form of this tea leaf and consequently has the highest antioxidant content. green-tea3
Green tea health benefits
The antioxidants in green tea are called catechins. Green tea catechins are a specific type called epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG). This is the strongest antioxidant in green tea which gives it the majority of its health benefits. make-green-tea4
EGCG is effective at protecting the body from free radicals that are responsible for DNA damage and premature aging. This antioxidant also has a long list of other health benefits such as blocking cancer signaling, stopping fat build up, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and immune boosting properties to name a few. make-green-tea5
Let's get into how to make green tea
First and foremost never add milk or any dairy creamer to your green tea. The casein in the dairy will bind to the catechin antioxidants in the green tea negating most of the health benefits associated with green tea.
Also if you steep green tea in water that is over 194 degrees fahrenheit the tea will become bitter.
How To Make Green Tea With Raw Leaves
Make sure you have:
- 1 teaspoon of Green Tea Leaves
- A Pot
- A Cup
- A Strainer
- 1 Cup Of Water
Boil water in the pot until just below 190 degrees fahrenheit.
Place 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves into strainer and place in the cup from which you will drink. Please note that you will need 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves per cup of water.
Pour boiling water into cup and place strainer with green tea leaves into the cup. Let this steep for around 3 minutes. As the water starts to darken do a taste test for how strong you would like your green tea to be.
If you like your green tea sweeter then add a small amount of raw honey as needed until sweetness level desired is reached.
Sip and relax knowing that your body is getting an antioxidant powerhouse.
If you're using green tea bags from the store then the steeping process is even easier.
Just boil water until just below 190 degrees Fahrenheit, pour boiling water into a cup, and then drop the green tea bag into the cup for as long as desired. The longer the tea bag stays in, the stronger the tea.
Add Vitamin C Source For Better Absorption
It's been proven that green tea with a source of vitamin C helps the body better absorb the antioxidants in the green tea.
Squeeze a half of a lemon into your green tea for added health benefits and increased absorption.
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