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Green Tea FAQ #1:
How do I brew loose tea?

Ancient tea masters pay great attention to the art of making tea.

Lichilai, a Sung poet, sadly remarked that there were three most deplorable things in the world: the spoiling of fine youths through false education, the degradation of fine art through vulgar admiration, and the utter waste of fine tea through incompetent manipulation.

Every tea is different and deserves special attention. The key is to start from a base point and experiments from there.

If you are brewing a tea for the first time, you may want to start by brewing with a smaller amount of leaves for a shorter period of time.

Want some common sense brewing tips? The following guide contains various tips related to the teas I sell on this site.

Loose Tea Brewing Guide Resource Center

Detailed information on brewing green tea can be found at How to Make Green Tea.

Green Tea FAQ #2:
Can I drink tea with lemon?

Drinking tea with lemon is highly recommended.

A 2007 study conducted by Purdue University found that drinking green tea with lemon juices or vitamin C increases the amount of catechins available for the body to absorb.

Green Tea With Lemon - Increase Antioxidants Benefits

Green Tea FAQ #3:
How about drinking tea with ginseng?

Ginseng is a good additive as it makes the body more resistant to disease, restores virility, increases general vitality and reduces stress. You can buy ginseng powder from store to add to your tea.

Drinking ginseng flavored tea is not recommended as you will be drinking lower quality tea.

The 2007 USDA study found that flavored teas contain about 40% of antioxidants found in regular tea. Every industry insider knows that manufacturer reserves their best leaves for making regular tea (i.e. those without flavoring).

However, ginseng needs to contain about 7% of active ginsenosides for it to be potent. You need to exercise caution as a lot of products do not contain real ginseng.

Green Tea with Ginseng Benefits - How to Maximize

Green Tea FAQ #4:
How about adding honey?

Using raw or unprocessed honey is preferred as it is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

Its rich amino acids content makes it very soothing to drink. Processed honey is not recommended as it has been heavily pasteurized and filtered so they contain just empty calories (i.e. devoid of nutrition).

Honey Health Benefits - 10 Reasons Why the Future Is Sweet

Green Tea FAQ #5:
Should I drink tea with milk?

If you are considering drinking green tea with milk - the answer is no, this tastes pretty gross.

In Great Britain, people drink black tea with milk.

Black tea contains caffeine, which may irritate the stomach. A 1984 study found that drinking tea with milk or sugar is helpful to those prone to stomach upset.

If your stomach doesn't bother you, drinking black tea without milk is probably more beneficial. Existing evidence suggests that milk dilutes some of tea's health benefits, especially for people suffering from heart problems and diabetes.

A good strategy might be to add less milk, or switch over to soya milk.

Tea With Milk - Good, Bad or Harmful?

Green Tea FAQ #6:
How long can I keep the tea after steeping?

Always try to drink in the same day, and longer if you decide to keep in a fridge. The key is to experiment and watch out for any signs of deterioration.

After all, how quickly your tea becomes "bad" will depend on many factors. The best judge is yourself.

Cold Tea Vs Hot Tea Health Benefits - How Long Can You Keep or Steep

Green Tea FAQ #7:
How much green tea should I drink per day?

The most important measure of tea's health benefits is the amount of catechins you are ingesting, and not the widely quoted number of cups. This is because scientists have found that the antioxidant potential of green tea correlates mostly highly with its catechins content.

The problem, of course, is most green teas sold in the West are tea bags, not loose-leaf, and so contain little antioxidants.

If you are drinking a quality green tea, in loose-leaf form, you only need to drink 3 to 6 cups a day.

How Much Green Tea Should You Drink Per Day?

Green Tea FAQ #8:
Is eating green tea leaves healthy?

The healthiest way to enjoy tea is to brew and drink the liquor. When you drink tea infusion, you are protecting yourself from harmful insoluble solids that may be present in the leaves (such as synthetic pesticide DDT).

Matcha green tea sellers claim that when you consume tea powder, you are maximizing its health benefits. I do not agree, and here is why.

Eating green tea - Is It Healthy?

Green Tea FAQ #9:
If green tea is so healthy, can I drink 12 cups a day - replacing my water intake with green tea?

When drinking green tea for health, the best course of action is to favor quality over quantity.

There are two reasons.

First, high quality green tea contains far more antioxidants.

The second reason has to do with safety. When you drink too much low quality tea, you stand higher chance of getting side effects.

Can Green Tea Replace Water?

Green Tea FAQ #10:
When is the best time to drink tea?

If you are just starting to drink green tea, I recommend drinking tea in between meals. This is because green tea can cause stomach problems for some people, and drinking it around mealtimes do not help.

Also avoid drinking green tea before you go to sleep as it will keep you awake.

However, if you want to lose weight and fat, drinking tea around meal times will help block nutrition absorption, increase fat excretion and remove food toxins.

Green Tea - Best Time For Drinking

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