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Bottled tea versus brewed tea - which is healthier

Many brands of bottled tea have popped up in the marketplace in the guise of healthier drink options. But are they? - healthier.

One of the chief benefits of tea is their antioxidant levels. Research in animal studies suggest that green tea polyphenols inhibit cancer cell growth and antioxidants in other forms of tea may prove to be just as beneficial.

Most bottled teas have antioxidant levels which are 10 to 100 times lower than found in brewed tea. In fact, most are nothing more than diluted sugar water flavored with tea and fruit extracts.

Loose tea is the best form of tea for retaining antioxidants since they are less processed and typically fresher than bagged tea.

When drinking tea, make sure to allow the tea to brew for at least five minutes before drinking to gain the most benefit.

Written by Dr. Sternlicht for on 3.24.06