Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Let it steep!

Studies into the health benefits of green tea recommend letting your tea steep for at least 3 to 5 minutes in order to draw out the catechins and other flavonoids that act as powerful, disease-fighting antioxidants. And since modern science is only beginning to plumb the depths of green tea, who knows what other health-promoting compounds will be discovered in the future. In addition, studies also show that freshly brewed green tea has more antioxidants than ready-to-drink green tea. That's why for the maximum health benefit of green tea, it's best to brew your own. Besides, taking the time to boil water, let the tea steep, and slowly enjoy the tummy-warming infusion is a way to take a break, step away from your busy day, and get mellow.