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Posted Sep 13 2008 11:46pm

Making the perfect cup of green tea is a tricky process. If not handled properly, those same polyphenols that provide health benefits can ruin the flavour, making the tea taste '' gassy ''. It's particularly important not to overbrew. While it's best to follow the manufacturer's instructions for each variety of green tea, here are some general instructions.

Use one tea bag or 2-4 grams of tea ( one to two teaspoons, depending on the variety of green tea you are using ) per cup.

Fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil.

After unplugging the kettle, allow it to stand for up to 3 minutes.

Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea leaf, and allow it to steep for upto 3 minutes. If using a tea bag, remove the bag.

Allow the tea to cool for three more minutes.....'' Yes'' tea is ready now.

Special Benefits of Green Tea

Reduces high blood pressure. Drinking green tea represses angiotensin II which leads to high blood pressure.

Lowers blood sugar. Green tea polyphenols and polysaccharides are effective in lowering blood sugar.

Fights cancer. There have been many studies that have shown that green tea catechins are effective at preventing cancer.

Green tea also boosts the immune system because of its high concentrations of polyphenols and flavenoids.

Green tea antioxidants have been shown to lower cholesterol.

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