Both tea lovers and those who do not drink tea very often can stand to gain a lot from learning about loose leaf tea. The vast majority of tea drinkers buy and make their tea through pre-made tea bags. And while those are very good as an introduction to tea, they simply do not compare to the magical taste and aroma of loose leaf tea, not to mention the many health benefits. With that in mind, here is a look at five reasons for switching to loose leaf tea instead of using pre-made tea bags.
1. Added Flavor
When you immerse a tea bag in hot water, the tea leaves are not making direct contact with most of the water. Instead, most of the contact is made through the tea bag, which can lead to a muted flavor. It is one of the reasons why all too many people will drink a cup of standard store-bought tea, and honestly say that they did not enjoy it. They may have felt the tea was too bland or boring. But with loose leaf tea, you are going to get a burst of flavor and aroma each time you steep a fresh cup. Without a doubt, enough cannot be said about the freshness and flavor – but don’t take our word for it, try it for yourself!
2. More Nutrients
Why would loose leaf tea contain more nutrients? Are they not the same tea leaves, simply packaged in a different way? In reality, the tea you get in the form of tea bags is processed and kept on the shelves for many weeks or months. Storing tea in such a way can erode a great deal of nutrients, such as Catechin, while the tea leaves also lose some of their anti-oxidant properties. Many brands actually contain toxins and pesticides, as well. However, fresh loose leaf tea loses none of their nutrients and contain no toxins or pesticides – they are all-natural, just the way nature intended.
3. Fights Cancer
According to cancer.gov:
“Among their many biological activities, the predominant polyphenols in green tea―EGCG, EGC, ECG, and EC―and the theaflavins and thearubigins in black teas have antioxidant activity. These chemicals, especially EGCG and ECG, have substantial free radical scavenging activity and may protect cells from DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen species. Tea polyphenols have also been shown to inhibit tumor cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in laboratory and animal studies. In other laboratory and animal studies, tea catechins have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis and tumor cell invasiveness. In addition, tea polyphenols may protect against damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) B radiation, and they may modulate immune system function. Furthermore, green teas have been shown to activate detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase, that may help protect against tumor development.”
4. Wonderful Aroma
One of the best things about making a fresh cup of tea is the wonderful scent that not only fills your nostrils when you go to take a sip, but makes the entire room smell like a dream. When you avoid stale tea bags, you will not get any of the bitter and smoky smells that many people normally associate with warm tea. Instead, you are only left with the organic, fresh smell of natural tea leaves.
5. Improved Immunity
Tea leaves are not only known to help provide preventative properties against everything from the growth of cancer cells to damage from ultraviolet rays, but brewing tea from loose leaves will also provide you with a powerful detoxification agent, especially if you are drinking a cup or two every day. Get rid of the tea bags and you are getting rid of all the chemicals and pesticides that are ever present in mass manufactured tea packages. Not only will you enjoy a fresher, tastier cup of tea, but you will reap the health benefits from this wonderful beverage in ways you never knew.