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    those are all good reasons to drink green tea. the only thing for me is that it tastes so bad! at least in my opinion. my roommate drinks a shot of green tea everyday and he holds his nose. he is in pretty good health tho. might be the green tea in effect.
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    Nice post, how much green tea a day though?
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    They say that green tea reduces testosterone. I am not sure what to believe on that topic. Here are some articles on the topic

    Indian J Exp Biol. 2011 Sep;49(9):689-97.
    Effect of green tea (Camellia sinensis L.) extract on morphological and functional changes in adult male gonads of albino rats.
    Chandra AK, Choudhury SR, De N, Sarkar M.
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    Department of Physiology, University College of Science and Technology, University of Calcutta, 92, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, Kolkata 700 009, West Bengal, India. amark_chandra@yahoo.co.in
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    Green tea, prepared from the steamed and dried leaves of the shrub Camellia sinensis, is known for its antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects. However, its effects on male gonadal functions have not been explored adequately and the present investigation has been undertaken to evaluate the effect of green tea extract on gonads of adult male albino rats. Results of in vivo studies showed that green tea extract (GTE) at mild (1.25 g%, identical to 5 cups of tea/day), moderate (2.5 g%, identical to 10 cups of tea/day) and high (5.0 g%, identical to 20 cups of tea/day) doses, for a period of 26 days, altered morphology and histology of testis and accessory sex organs. A significant dose-dependent decrease in the sperm counts, inhibited activities of testicular delta(5)3beta-and 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (delta5-3beta3-HSD and 17beta3-HSD respectively) and decreased serum testosterone level were noticed. Significant increase in serum LH level was observed after moderate and high doses; serum FSH level also increased but not significantly. Histopathological examination showed inhibition of spermatogenesis evidenced by preferential loss of matured and elongated spermatids. Results of this study showed that GTE at relatively high dose may cause impairment of both the morphological and normal functional status of testis in rodents and thus its consumption at relatively high doses raises concern on male reproductive function in spite of its other beneficial effects.

    Asian J Androl. 2009 May;11(3):362-70. doi: 10.1038/aja.2009.2. Epub 2009 Mar 30.
    Green tea polyphenols inhibit testosterone production in rat Leydig cells.
    Figueiroa MS, César Vieira JS, Leite DS, Filho RC, Ferreira F, Gouveia PS, Udrisar DP, Wanderley MI.
    Source http://www.mindandmuscle.net/article...hormones-2013/

    Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Federal University of Pernambuco, 50607-901 Recife, PE, Brazil.
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    This study investigated the acute effects of green tea extract (GTE) and its polyphenol constituents, (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epicatechin (EC), on basal and stimulated testosterone production by rat Leydig cells in vitro. Leydig cells purified in a Percoll gradient were incubated for 3 h with GTE, EGCG or EC and the testosterone precursor androstenedione, in the presence or absence of either protein kinase A (PKA) or protein kinase C (PKC) activators. The reversibility of the effect was studied by pretreating cells for 15 min with GTE or EGCG, allowing them to recover for 1 h and challenging them for 2 h with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LHRH), 22(R)-hydroxycholesterol or androstenedione. GTE and EGCG, but not EC, inhibited both basal and kinase-stimulated testosterone production. Under the pretreatment conditions, the inhibitory effect of the higher concentration of GTE/EGCG on hCG/LHRH-stimulated or 22(R)-hydroxycholesterol-induced testosterone production was maintained, whereas androstenedione-supported testosterone production returned to control levels. At the lower concentration of GTE/EGCG, the inhibitory effect of these polyphenols on 22(R)-hydroxycholesterol-supported testosterone production was reversed. The inhibitory effects of GTE may be explained by the action of its principal component, EGCG, and the presence of a gallate group in its structure seems important for its high efficacy in inhibiting testosterone production. The mechanisms underlying the effects of GTE and EGCG involve the inhibition of the PKA/PKC signalling pathways, as well as the inhibition of P450 side-chain cleavage enzyme and 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase function.
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    Green tea is a great way to boost your growth hormone as well.

    Years ago I was honestly addicted to coffee (drank about 6-7 cups a day) and green tea helped me overcome this addiction. Coffee consumption is very rare in my daily lifestyle nowadays.
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    Yeah similar to me too. I used TAVA Tea and it works wonders for me. Rather than your usual green tea this is a blend of natural blend of Wuyi Cliff Oolong, Sencha and Puerh tea types.

    I'm not sure if any of you guys have tried it....but it tastes alright, and worth a go!

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    Green tea is a great way to boost your growth hormone as well.

    Years ago I was honestly addicted to coffee (drank about 6-7 cups a day) and green tea helped me overcome this addiction. Coffee consumption is very rare in my daily lifestyle nowadays.
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    Has anyone heard of Roobios tea? It's more red in color but people claim pretty amazing health benefits. This article though shows it inhibits muscle cells but it was only in chick embryos and hardly a model for adult males. It does show positive benefit on fertility but not too much though which looks pretty good. I like the taste way better than green tea. It may also lower cortisol? Anyone have any thoughts?

    Comp Biochem Physiol C Pharmacol Toxicol Endocrinol. 1997 Jan;116(1):39-45.
    Effect of Rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) on chick skeletal muscle cell growth in culture.
    Lamosová D, Juráni M, Greksák M, Nakano M, Vaneková M.
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    Institute of Animal Biochemistry and Genetics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Ivanka pri Dunaji, Slovakia. LAMOSOVA@UBGZ.SAVBA.SK
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    Rooibos tea (RT) extract contains natural antioxidants and scavenging agents. We investigated the effects of different concentrations of RT extract in medium on growth and changes of growth parameters of cultured chick embryonic skeletal muscle cells. Presence of 2, 10 and 100% of RT extract in the culture of primary cells significantly inhibited cell proliferation. The inhibition of cell growth reflected on decreased DNA, RNA and protein contents in primary cell culture and fibroblasts and myoblasts. The ability of the primary cells, fibroblasts and myoblasts to synthesize DNA and protein in the presence of RT extract, measured as an amount of [3H]thymidine and [3H]leucine incorporated into DNA and de novo synthesized protein, corresponded with decreasing DNA and protein contents in all three cell types. The inhibition effect of RT rose with increasing concentration of the tea extract in the culture medium. Ornithine decarboxylase activity was significantly affected only by 100% RT extract in every examined cell types. These results suggest that the inhibitory effect of RT extract on the growth of primary cells, fibroblasts and myoblasts is due to the potent scavenging activity of the RT extract.

    Mol Nutr Food Res. 2013 Sep 11. doi: 10.1002/mnfr.201300463. [Epub ahead of print]
    Rooibos influences glucocorticoid levels and steroid ratios in vivo and in vitro: A natural approach in the management of stress and metabolic disorders?
    Schloms L, Smith C, Storbeck KH, Marnewick JL, Swart P, Swart AC.
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    Department of Biochemistry, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
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    To determine the effect of Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) on glucocorticoid biosynthesis and inactivation in vivo and in vitro.
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    Andrologia. 2013 Sep 6. doi: 10.1111/and.12158. [Epub ahead of print]
    In vivo effects of Aspalathus linearis (rooibos) on male rat reproductive functions.
    Opuwari CS, Monsees TK.
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    Department of Medical Biosciences, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, South Africa.
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    Aspalathus linearis (rooibos tea) may improve sperm function owing to its antioxidant properties. To test this hypothesis, male rats were given 2% or 5% rooibos tea for 52 days. No significant alterations were observed in body and reproductive organs weight, serum antioxidant capacity and testosterone level. Seminiferous tubules displayed complete spermatogenesis. However, a significant (P < 0.05) decrease in tubule diameter and germinal epithelial height was observed. Epithelial height of caput epididymides showed a significant increase. Unfermented rooibos significantly enhanced sperm concentration, viability and motility. Fermented rooibos also significantly improved sperm vitality (P < 0.01), but caused a significant increase in spontaneous acrosome reaction (P < 0.05), whereas unfermented did not. Creatinine was significantly enhanced in all treated rats, consistent with significant higher kidney weights. Rooibos significantly reduced alanine transaminase level, while 2% fermented rooibos significantly decreased aspartate transaminase level (P < 0.01). In conclusion, treatment with rooibos improved sperm concentration, viability and motility, which might be attributed to its high level of antioxidants. However, prolonged exposure of rooibos might result in subtle structural changes in the male reproductive system and may induce acrosome reaction, which can impair fertility. Intake of large amounts of rooibos may also harm liver and kidney function.
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    Ultra-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) analyses of in vivo studies showed that human Rooibos consumption increased cortisone plasma levels in males (p = 0.0465) and reduced cortisol:cortisone ratios in males and females (p = 0.0486) at risk for cardiovascular disease. In rats, corticosterone (CORT) (p = 0.0275) and deoxycorticosterone (p = 0.0298) levels as well as the CORT:testosterone ratio (p = 0.0009) decreased following Rooibos consumption. The inactivation of cortisol was investigated in vitro by expressing 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11βHSD1) and type 2 (11βHSD2) in CHO-K1 cells. Rooibos inhibited 11βHSD1, which resulted in a significant reduction in the cortisol:cortisone ratio (p < 0.01). No significant effect was detected on 11βHSD2. In vitro studies in adrenal H295R cells showed that Rooibos and rutin, one of the more stable flavonoid compounds present in Rooibos, significantly reduced the levels of cortisol and CORT in cells stimulated with forskolin to mimic a stress response.
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    In vivo studies demonstrate that Rooibos significantly decreased glucocorticoid levels in rats and steroid metabolite ratios linked to metabolic disorders-cortisol:cortisone in humans and CORT:testosterone in rats. Results obtained at cellular level elucidate possible mechanisms by which these effects were achieved.
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    black tea...green tea...white tea...all good
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    Drinking green tea brings a wide range of health benefits, and one of the major benefits is that it can help with weight loss, burn calories & fats and the reason why it is used as an ingredient in popular diet pills.
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    I personally started drinking green tea every day. I started with adding some stevia to each cup and have since reduced down to unsweetened. I have reasearched this very topic and i have found many health benefits of drinking green tea. I have pasted a very informative article on this subject from WebMD. I hope this is helpful.

    By Paula Spencer Scott
    WebMD Feature

    Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD




    A cup of green tea is a good way to start your day.

    "It's the healthiest thing I can think of to drink," says Christopher Ochner, PhD. He is a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Green tea is beyond a super food."

    In the past 20 years, thousands of studies have shown green tea’s benefits.

    Healthy cells

    Why is green tea so good for you? "It's all about the catechin content," says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it is poured in your cup, so it is rich in catechins.

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    Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

    Brain health

    What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain, and your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer's disease.

    Diabetes

    Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause, Ochner says.

    Weight loss

    Green tea can help increase and even change your metabolism, so you burn more calories from fat. Studies show that green tea can also help you keep weight off once you’ve lost it.

    It's also a smart swap for sugary drinks. "All things being equal, if you sub 1-2 cups of green tea for one can of soda, over the next year you'd save over 50,000 calories," says Ochner. That's more than 15 pounds.

    Cancer role

    Studies on green tea’s impact on cancer have been mixed. But green tea is known to aid healthy cells in all stages of growth. There are some indications green tea may help destroy cancer cells.

    Less stress

    Sipping tea helps you slow down and relax, Reardon says. An amino acid called theanine found in green tea can provide a calming effect.

    For a healthy cuppa:
    Don't add green tea to boiling water. You'll kill helpful catechins. Better: 160-170 degree water.
    Add lemon. Vitamin C makes the healthy compounds in green tea easier to absorb. Dairy, on the other hand, makes it harder to absorb the catechins.
    Levels of the healthful compounds in green tea can vary. Rule of thumb: Pricier teas usually have more, and canned green-tea drinks have less.

    Aim for at least four cups a day, two with caffeine and two without. Even more than that seems to have little health downside, other than the possible effects of caffeine, Ochner says. "There could not be a more simple way to improve your health," he says.
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    Except for the fact that green tea makes me piss 10000 times per hour lol
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    I drink green tea. I was a typical coffee drinker and it was quite a challenge for me to move on from coffee to green tea.
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    Green Tea is good! But if you start taking a shower in it, i bet you'll loose weight 10 times faster.

    Try it and then see the difference
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    You guys drink it with sugar?
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    You guys drink it with sugar?
    yes I put some sugar and grate some ginger in my tea as well and give it a boil.
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    Originally Posted by fitfinealways View Post
    yes I put some sugar and grate some ginger in my tea as well and give it a boil.
    I do too, the bitter taste contrasts with the sweetness of sugar in a real nice way.
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    I do too, the bitter taste contrasts with the sweetness of sugar in a real nice way.
    I don't think without sugar, I could have moved from coffee to green tea. You should also look into Assam tea. It is fantastic and actually tastes better than green tea besides sharing some of the same benefits. Additionally, the tea is linked with improving blood circulation and decreasing risk of heart diseases, cancer and Alzheimer's.
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    Originally Posted by fitfinealways View Post
    I don't think without sugar, I could have moved from coffee to green tea. You should also look into Assam tea. It is fantastic and actually tastes better than green tea besides sharing some of the same benefits. Additionally, the tea is linked with improving blood circulation and decreasing risk of heart diseases, cancer and Alzheimer's.
    Thanks for the info, will do. I drink all sort of teas, herbal and such. Back in my old country, old people know all about teas, which ones are good for what. Circulation, liver, kidneys, cold, etc
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    Originally Posted by bprayinman View Post
    rumour has it that green tea grows hair and makes certain male body parts get bigger... lol
    also just in, green tea makes you immortal if you drink it for more then 100 years... -.-
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    I just drink green tea because I like it.
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    I decided to try it because of the health benifits but as soon as i started to drink it it gave me lots of spots! Does this have any link to green tea? Im 14 nearly 15
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    i dont like the taste but i think it is good and add some liquid splenda
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    I bought a Kureg a couple of months ago, and just last week actually found Green Tea K Cups....so proud i went from buying all those monsters to using this Kureg thing, makes everything just much better.
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    Originally Posted by Jimmy Smith View Post
    Orginially published at www.jimmysmithtraining.blogspot.com

    25 Reasons Why You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Now


    You Should Start Drinking Green Tea Right Now:

    1. Green Tea and Cancer
    Green tea helps reduce the risk of cancer. The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E. This helps your body at protecting cells from damage believed to be linked to cancer.


    2. Green Tea and Heart Disease
    Green tea helps prevent heart disease and stroke by lowering the level of cholesterol. Even after the heart attack, it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells.

    3. Green Tea and Anti-Aging
    Green tea contains antioxidant known as polyphenols which fight against free radicals. What this means it helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity.


    4. Green Tea and Weight Loss
    Green tea helps with your body weight loss. Green tea burns fat and boosts your metabolism rate naturally. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. That translates to 7 pounds in one year.

    5. Green Tea and Skin
    Antioxidant in green tea protects the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, which cause wrinkling and skin aging. Green tea also helps fight against skin cancer.


    6. Green Tea and Arthritis
    Green tea can help prevent and reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Green tea has benefit for your health as it protects the cartilage by blocking the enzyme that destroys cartilage.

    7. Green Tea and Bones
    The very key to this is high fluoride content found in green tea. It helps keep your bones strong. If you drink green tea every day, this will help you preserve your bone density.

    8. Green Tea and Cholesterol
    Green tea can help lower cholesterol level. It also improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, by reducing bad cholesterol level.

    9. Green Tea and Obesity
    Green tea prevents obesity by stopping the movement of glucose in fat cells. If you are on a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink green tea, it is unlikely you'll be obese.

    10. Green Tea and Diabetes
    Green tea improves lipid and glucose metabolisms, prevents sharp increases in blood sugar level, and balances your metabolism rate.

    11. Green Tea and Alzheimer's
    Green tea helps boost your memory. And although there's no cure for Alzheimer's, it helps slow the process of reduced acetylcholine in the brain, which leads to Alzheimer's.

    12. Green Tea and Parkinson's
    Antioxidants in green tea helps prevent against cell damage in the brain, which could cause Parkinson's. People drinking green tea also are less likely to progress with Parkinson's.

    13. Green Tea and Liver Disease
    Green tea helps prevent transplant failure in people with liver failure. Researches showed that green tea destroys harmful free radicals in fatty livers.

    14. Green Tea and High Blood Pressure
    Green tea helps prevent high blood pressure. Drinking green tea helps keep your blood pressure down by repressing angiotensin, which leads to high blood pressure.

    15. Green Tea and Food Poisoning
    Catechin found in green tea can kill bacteria which causes food poisoning and kills the toxins produced by those bacteria.

    16. Green Tea and Blood Sugar
    Blood sugar tends to increase with age, but polyphenols and polysaccharides in green tea help lower your blood sugar level.

    17. Green Tea and Immunity
    Polyphenols and flavenoids found in green tea help boost your immune system, making your health stronger in fighting against infections.

    18. Green Tea and Cold and Flu
    Green tea prevents you from getting a cold or flu. Vitamin C in green tea helps you treat the flu and the common cold.

    19. Green Tea and Asthma
    Theophylline in green tea relaxes the muscles which support the bronchial tubes, reducing the severity of asthma.

    20. Green Tea and Ear Infection
    Green tea helps with ear infection problem. For natural ear cleaning, soak a cotton ball in green tea and clean the infected ear.

    21. Green Tea and Herpes
    Green tea increases the effectiveness of topical interferon treatment of herpes. First green tea compress is applied, and then let the skin dry before the interferon treatment.

    22. Green Tea and Tooth Decay
    Green tea destroys bacteria and viruses that cause many dental diseases.It also slows the growth of bacteria which leads to bad breath.

    23. Green Tea and Stress
    L-theanine, which is a kind of amino acids in green tea, can help relieve stress and anxiety.

    24. Green Tea and Allergies
    EGCG found in green tea relieves allergies. So, if you have allergies, you should really consider drinking green tea.

    25. Green Tea and HIV
    Scientists in Japan have found that EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in green tea can stop HIV from binding to healthy immune cells. What this means is that green tea can help stop the HIV virus from spreading.


    Jimmy Smith, CSCS, is a fitness coach who trains athletes and injured individuals as well as fitness competitors and enthusiasts in Stamford, Connecticut. In addition, Jimmy is currently advancing his education as a master?s degree student in Human Movement Visit Jimmy's website www.jimmysmithtraining.com to sign up for his free newsletter and to receive his special report on rapid body fat reduction.
    Green tea is awesome. And has helped me lose 40 lbs in just five months.

    It has so many health benefits too. It should be a staple in everyones diet.
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    green tea i like the taste can't help it. sometimes i eat the bag also
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    Looks like I'm going to have to get some green tea.
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    For those that are sensitive to caffeine, 1 or 2 tea cup A day will. Don't drink it if you are really really sensitive to caffeine.

    GREEN TEA TIPS:

    HOW TO SELECT AND STORE

    Whenever possible, ask for a sample of prepared tea before buying. Most high-quality teas will produce a pale green to yellow-green cup.

    LOOSE TEA

    To test for freshness, tightly squeeze a small amount and smell the aroma. The freshest, most flavorful tea will smell sweet and grassy.

    Tea Bags

    To test tea bags for freshness, remove the tea from one bag, place the empty bag in a cup, pour hot water over it., and let it steep for 2-3 minutes. If the result takes like plain hot water, the tea itself is likely fresh. If the tea bag water tastes like tea, the tea is old, and the paper has absorbed its flavor.

    Since a single ounce of tea should produce 15 to 30 cups, the best way to ensure your tea is fresh is to purchase it in small amounts—two to four ounces at most. To retain freshness and flavor in both loose and bagged tea, store it in a tightly constructed opaque container to protect it from light, moisture and food odors.

    Dark glass or ceramic containers are best; tins often leak as their seams are soldered. Use a small container just large enough to accommodate the amount of tea; tea exposed to the air in a half-empty large container will continue to oxidize.

    It's best to store tea in a dark, cool, dry cupboard. Tea stored in the refrigerator is vulnerable to moisture and odors from other foods, and the water condensation that occurs when frozen tea is defrosted can ruin it.
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    TIPS FOR PREPARING GREEN TEA

    Green tea should be handled tenderly, just as you would fresh green leafy vegetables.

    Spring water is the ideal choice for brewing tea, followed by filtered water. Distilled water should never be used; the brew it produces will be flat since the minerals removed from it are essential to bringing out tea's flavor.

    To prepare the best loose tea, we recommend using a small food scale. Use three grams of tea to five ounces of water if brewing tea in a small teapot; four grams of tea to eight ounces of water for other methods.

    As the size and shape of tea pots and cups varies considerably, it's a good idea to fill a measuring cup with 8 ounces of water and pour it into your tea pot or cup to determine how much water it really holds.

    In making loose tea, remember that a teaspoon of small, dense leaves will weigh substantially more than a teaspoon of larger leaves, and the resulting tea will reflect this. A teaspoon of small dense leaves may be sufficient to produce a satisfying strong cup, while several teaspoons of larger leaves would be needed for a comparable brew.

    Although heartily boiling water is used to brew black and oolong teas, green tea needs much lower temperatures (160-170°F; 79-85°C) and should be brewed for less time.

    Let the water barely reach the boiling point to liberate its oxygen, then allow it to cool slightly before pouring over your tea. Until you are familiar with your tea kettle and the time it takes and sounds it makes when the correct temperature (170°-185°F) has been reached, it's a good idea to check using a simple, inexpensive candy thermometer, available at any grocery store.

    Brewing for 30 seconds to one minute is usually ideal; however, Nilgiri and Darjeeling greens can take several minutes, and Chinese Dragonwell teas are often best after 6-7 minutes of infusion.

    Although good quality tea leaves will sink to the bottom after they have infused, it's a good idea to pour the tea over a small strainer if one is not built in to your teapot.

    HOW TO ENJOY (A Few Quick Serving Ideas)

    Brew green tea with thinly sliced ginger and lemon, or sprigs of spearmint. Add one teaspoon of honey per cup, stir and serve hot or use half the amount of hot water (or twice the amount of tea), allow the tea to brew and cool, then pour over ice cubes.

    Make a green tea chai by brewing green tea in hot vanilla soy milk and topping with a dash each of cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and allspice.
    Brew 1-2 teaspoons loose leaf green tea in 8 ounces cool water for 20-30 minutes to develop flavor without bitterness and add to stir-fries, marinades, dressings, soups and sauces.
    Sprinkle gyokuro tea over a salad, stew or rice dish.
    Add 1/2 teaspoon gyokuro tea to an almost set omelet or scrambled eggs.
    Add crushed gunpowder tea and rice vinegar to sesame oil for a delicious vinaigrette.
    Mix gyokuro tea with sesame seeds and sea salt and use to dredge shrimp or fish filets before lightly pan-frying them.
    Cook Japanese udon noodles in green tea for about 5 minutes, then remove from heat and leave noodles in tea until cool. Drain and toss lightly with soy sauce and sesame oil. Add thinly sliced tofu, scallions, mushrooms, and chopped cilantro, and serve.
    Poach Asian or Bosc pears in green tea with fresh thinly sliced gingerroot. Drizzle with honey and top with a sprig of fresh mint.
    Combine cooled green tea half and half with a fruit juice, such as peach, pineapple or papaya. Sweeten with a teaspoon of honey per cup. Blend and pour over ice.
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    saving this for later thanks for the information
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    If you want to find out about what are the best teas to buy, I recommend Steepster. Just people drinking tea and reviewing them. Its a great place to start or to increase your knowledge and options.
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