Green Tea: How to Brew This Antioxidant Powerhouse

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Have you had your green tea today? Recent research is showing tons of reasons you may want to  put down that coffee and pick up a cup of the green stuff. The power of green tea comes from its high antioxidant content. Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from free radicals, and can prevent blood clots, atherosclerosis, and cancer. People who consume two or more cups of green tea each day have a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and have lower “bad” cholesterol levels. Green tea may also help to boost metabolism, prevent allergies, slow cancerous growth, and delay diabetes.

So what are you waiting for? Here are the basics for the perfect cup of green tea:

How to Brew a Perfect cup of Green Tea

1 – 2 tablespoons green tea
8 oz. water

Bring water to a boil. Just as it starts to bubble, remove from heat immediately. Very hot water can scald the delicate tea leaves, so nearly boiling water is preferable. Using a tea stainer, tea bag, or tea ball, slowly pour the hot water over the tea and steep for 1 – 3 minutes, depending on the variety. Consider a steeping time of 1 – 2 minutes for Japanese teas, and 2 – 3 minutes for Chinese green teas. Remove tea stainer and enjoy!

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