If you’re chugging green tea and herbal infusions in hopes of boosting your health, you might be getting less than you bargained for. Well+Good NYC has the dirt on how to make sure your cuppa is giving you the most bang for your buck:
Everyone knows that tea has health benefits. But it turns out you may not be getting them, even if you’re brewing, steeping, and sipping on a regular basis.
“A lot of research has shown benefits for cancer prevention, cardiovascular health, and cognitive health,” says Heidi Kothe-Levie, who’s an acupuncturist-expert in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a former tea specialist for Ito-En. “But if you’re drinking tea for overall disease risk reduction, it all comes down to how frequently you’re drinking it, how you’re brewing it, and what kind it is.”
Are you doing it wrong? Kothe-Levie, who’s sharing the current research on and myths surrounding tea’s health benefits at the 92Y next week, will explain how to make sure you’re getting those benefits every time your kettle whistles.
She gave us a sneak peek, with these four tips:
1. Ask when the tea was plucked. Freshness is the most important factor for Kothe-Levie, who says a tea shop that values freshness should be able to tell you how long ago the leaves were plucked from the bush. Ditto any online retailer worth its salt.
2. If you’re buying tea in person, smell it! “Japanese green should have a nice grassy smell,” she says. “For black tea, you should be able to almost taste it when you smell it.” If it’s flavored, make sure they’re using natural enhancers. For example, Earl Grey should contain bergamot oil, not a chemical additive.
Continue reading for the rest of Heidi’s tips.
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