A 2012 study, conducted by Dr. Vuong from the University of Newcastle, looked at the best way to extract antioxidants from tea and found there's a special trick that will help you get more benefits from your regular cup.
According to ABC.net.au, Dr. Vuong aimed to “extract, isolate, and purify the important components of green tea and black tea." He found that the best method to get the most out of your brew might be slightly controversial.
Dr. Vuong suggests microwaving your tea to get 80 percent of the caffeine, theanine, and polyphenol compounds from the leaves. Theanine is a naturally occurring amino acid, which promotes relaxation and reduces stress. Polyphenol is also naturally occurring and is an antioxidant linked to lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and high cholesterol.
Microwaving your tea is also said to give you the best taste, but the jury is still out on that one. Dr. Vuong’s method for the perfect cup is as follows:
- Put hot water in the cup with your teabag.
- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power.
- Let it sit for a minute.
"In food products, people are concerned with health benefits but also with food quality and shelf life […] Microwaving is one of the advanced technologies to get more bioactive compounds from the products," Dr. Vuong told ABC.
This breakthrough will probably sit nicely with Americans, as it recently emerged that most people living in the U.S. don’t own a kettle.
So for all those who have been microwaving tea, it looks like you've been doing it right all along!
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