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Benefits of drinking tea

 What has zero calories, comes in a multitude of flavors and is one of the most nutritious things you can consume? America Now Wellness Expert Peggy Hall says the answer is plain: Tea!

"Believe it or not, green tea, black tea and white tea all come from the same plant called camellia sinensis. The difference in these teas is how they are processed," she explains.

  • Black tea is fully oxidized (left out in the sun until black) and has about 40 mg of caffeine (50 percent less than a cup of coffee)
  • Green tea is not as processed; just heated briefly. It contains about 30 mg of caffeine
  • Herbal teas are not tea at all, but derived from herbs, flowers, seeds and roots

Tea has been revered for years as an ancient medicine. Modern science shows that it is high in polyphenols, plant compounds that are anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and have cancer-fighting compounds.

Peggy recommends that a person drink one to three cups every day for maximum health benefits.

So how do you prepare the perfect cup of tea?

  • Start with cold, fresh water
  • Don't let it boil or it will taste flat
  • Warm teapot with hot water
  • Use loose tea if you want a gourmet experience -- swirl the leaves to let them open
  • If using a tea bag, dunk it several times to oxygenate it
  • Let the tea brew 1-3 minutes, depending on your preference


"I like to refrigerate leftover tea and enjoy it as iced tea the following day," Peggy adds.

Be careful not to dilute the benefit of tea by popping a tea bag and mug of water into the microwave. Although that might seem convenient, brewing tea in the microwave doesn't bring out the full flavor and benefits of the tea, and there's still controversy over whether microwave radiation is totally safe.

Instead, Peggy recommends using an electric kettle, which heats up water almost as fast as the microwave, without any potential side effects!

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