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Get the Most From Tea

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Most people drop their tea bag into a cup of hot water, walk away for a few minutes, return and drink. If this is you, start dunking while you're waiting.

Get the most from tea

Dunking the tea bag up and down while the tea brews causes the tea to release vastly more of its polyphenols, potent antioxidants that may fight blood clots and clogged arteries. A tea bag that is dunked continuously for three minutes releases five times more polyphenols. That is five times as many heart-protective antioxidants for you! Polyphenols give different fruits and vegetables their vibrant color.

Polyphenols in Green Tea

Tea and tea bag Green tea in particular is packed with polyphenols. Researchers think the health-giving properties of green tea are mostly due to polyphenols. The polyphenols in green tea give it a somewhat bitter flavor. Bigelow Tea is an excellent source of healthy antioxidants with a fragrant, light and mellow brew.

Polyphenols are also found in red wine plus fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, cherries, blueberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, broccoli, celery and onions. Even legumes, chocolate, olive oil and certain grains contain some polyphenols.

Studies suggest that polyphenols help to reduce inflammation associated with conditions such as coronary artery disease. In addition, the antioxidant properties of polyphenols have been shown to slow the process of skin wrinkling as associated with aging.

De-Stress With Green or Black Tea

Green and black teas contain theanine, which can help ease anxiety and depression. The amino acid has been studied for several different effects, with most of the research centering on its use as an anxiety treatment. In studies, theanine seems to relax the mind without causing drowsiness.

From the National Center for Biotechnology Information

Polyphenols are abundant micronutrients in our diet, and evidence for their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases is emerging. The health effects of polyphenols depend on the amount consumed and on their bioavailability.

Green, Black Hibiscus or Rooibos Teas

A good choice for anyone with arthritis, fibromyalgia, or joint pain. All are naturally high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent free radicals and beat back inflammatory responses.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea can help depression and anxiety, as well as digestive problems. This is due to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, tranquilizing and muscle-relaxing effects.

In a 2012 University of Pennsylvania study, researchers gave 57 people diagnosed with anxiety, depression, or both either chamomile extract or a placebo for 8 weeks. The conclusion was that chamomile effectively reduces symptoms. The does used was 220mg three to five times a day.

Note of caution: Chamomile often causes reactions in ragweed-allergic people and those with hay fever. If this is you, avoid it.

Note: If you use loose leaf tea you don't have to dunk because it releases more of its polyphenols whether or not it gets dunked.

Tea Forte Single Steeps Loose Tea Sampler

Helpful Hint

Try any of the above mentioned teas iced for a healing summer-time treat.

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