GREEN TEA (Part II)

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT CUP OF GREEN TEA (Hot)

1. Use filtered cold water
–Never use hot tap water. Hot water promotes the growth of pathogens (germs) and may leach heavy metals from water pipes – both undesirable ‘additives.’
2. Bring the water to a boil
3. Pour the boiling water into your tea cup and let the water sit until it cools to about 160-175 degrees F (and some experts give a wider range of temperatures: 140-180 degrees F). Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature. When taking the measurement, be sure that the end of the thermometer touches nothing but the water.
–Because adding a metal strainer with loose tea reduces the temperature of the water, aim for the higher temperature of 175 degrees F if brewing tea in this manner.
4. Place your tea bag or strainer with loose tea into the water and cover your cup with a lid.
–Ideally, you should have 2 grams (0.07 ounce) of tea leaves per 8-ounces of water. You may want to purchase a small digital scale for weighing tea leaves. I bought such a scale from a tea merchant at a farmer’s market and it was only $15.00.
–Covering the cup with a lid keeps the volatile flavors from evaporating so you get a more flavorful cup of tea.
5. Set a timer for 10 minutes. That’s how long the tea should steep to get all the anti-cancer substances from the lea leaves into the tea you drink.
–In a big hurry? Then let it steep for 5-8 minutes, but not less.

TIME AND TASTE SAVING TIPS FOR BREWING GREEN TEA

1. How to cool the boiling water quickly.

  • Place about 2 tablespoons (more or less, depending on the size of your cup/mug) of  frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.) into your empty cup. Pour boiling water over the berries. Check the temperature. Add your tea bag when the temperature is right, etc. Using frozen berries to instantly cool the boiling water saves time AND adds flavor to your green tea! And, when your tea is all gone, you have some delicious berries to eat! This is my favorite way to drink green tea these days!
  • Place a Zesty Citrus Flavor Cube into your empty cup. Pour boiling water over the cube. Check the temperature. Add you tea bag when the temperature is correct, etc. You may find that one cube is a little overwhelming in taste, but if the cube is about half the size of a full mini-muffin cube, it’s probably fine. Taste and then adjust the size of the cubes you prepare.
  • Pour boiling water into your cup and then add a teaspoon at a time of cold water. Keep track of the number of teaspoons of cold water you need to add to get the proper temperature so you won’t need to use a thermometer next time.

2. Do not re-boil water that has been boiled once. Your tea will taste flat.


3. Store your tea leaves and bags in an airtight container for up to six months in a cool place.

HOW TO DECAFFEINATE YOUR OWN TEA

–This process will remove some but not all of the caffeine

1. Discard the tea water that you get after the first 15-30 seconds of steeping.
2. Start over and brew the cup you are actually going to drink using more of the water that’s cooled to the temperature you desire.

IS DECAF GREEN TEA JUST AS GOOD FOR YOU AS REGUAR GREEN TEA?

Does decaffeinated tea – the kind you make yourself or you purchase ready-made — have less of the anti-cancer substances that are so special in green tea?
Dr. Servan-Schreiber says that you get the same anti-cancer benefits from regular and decaf green tea! (page 120)

GREEN TEA ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

New research shows that green tea, which was ingested in the form of a supplement in this study, interfered with a cancer drug used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma. The study concluded that “Contrary to popular assumptions about the health benefits of green tea, researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have found that the widely used supplement renders a cancer drug used to treat multiple myeloma and mantle cell lymphoma completely ineffective in treating cancer. The study, which found that a component of green tea extract (GTE) called EGCG destroys any anticancer activity of the drug Velcade in tumor-bearing mice…”
http://www.integrativeonc.org/index.php/usc-study-finds-that-green-tea-blocks-benefits-of-cancer-drug

Comment (mine): This study used greeen tea in the form of a supplement – not a beverage. And this study refers to the interaction with a medication used to treat cancer. If you are under the care of a physician for cancer treatment, you should ask your physician and pharmacist whether any of your medications, including herbal supplements, might interfere wtih your medical regimen.

In general, herbal supplements can provide large doses of very bioactive substances (or not) and it is important to get your physician’s and pharmacist’s OK before you start taking any herbal supplements — whether you are under a doctor’s care for a specific condition or just trying to stay healthy.

Also, always consume REASONABLE QUANTITIES of any food, including those that science thinks might be good for you. One of the golden keys to good nutrition is: Eat a wide VARIETY of HEALTHY foods. (In this last sentence, the word “variety” is just as important as the word “healthy.”)

Enjoy and be healthy!

Leni

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