All types of freshly brewed tea are nice for you—whether or not inexperienced, black, white and oolong. They are all derived from the identical leaf, the camellia sinensis leaf (house to these exceptional antioxidant catechins). Drink the varieties you get pleasure from—chilly or sizzling, bagged or loose-leaf—simply brew it your self to totally exploit its goodness. The processing required for powdered, bottled or decaffeinated teas destroys lots of its antioxidants. Further, the bottled and powdered variations normally have added sugars or synthetic sweeteners, which is one other downside.
For finest outcomes, steep your tea of alternative for at the least three minutes and squeeze the bag at the finish of steeping to extract as many remaining catechins as attainable. Avoid added milk or cream, as research have proven they bind tea’s useful compounds, rendering them unavailable to work their antioxidant magic for the physique. Do add a twist of lemon or lime although. A current report discovered that the vitamin C in citrus enhances the absorption of tea’s catechins as much as three-fold!
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