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09-18-2009, 09:02 PM
If you drink herbal teas chilled do you get the nutrients?
This question is a bit confusing to me. Are you asking if you will get the same result by making tea with cold or warm water as you would with boiling water? If that's the case than no, some herbs need to be treated with that level of heat to extract the active ingredients.
If you are making tea strictly for flavour sun tea is just fine, made with cool water in a clear glass jar left to "steep" in the sun.
If you mean tea that was made with boiling water but consumbed after it has cooled I highly doubt that anything would be different than if you drank it hot or warm.
09-19-2009, 10:31 AM
that help. thank you!
another question does tea have a lot of nutrients in general?
09-19-2009, 01:41 PM
some herbs need to be treated with that level of heat to extract the active ingredients.
How can ingredients be active after being boiled? Doesn't boiling kill any bio-activity?
09-19-2009, 02:37 PM
Herbal teas have been used since ancient times for their medicinal values...not something I would personally discount just because they are not raw. It depends what you are using and why~
Vit a is more bioactive in carrots after cooking, so is lycopene in tomatoes. A similar affect can be attained via juicing however, I am not advocating cooking those two things.
Some compounds in tea are activated or made more bioavailable with the application of heat. I can't link you to anything directly right now but if you google you may find some more in depth info on this subject.
Sometimes in the raw food movement fire and high heat are seen as deadly enemies that destroy health and that's just over the top IMHO. Cooking or heating things doesn't make them dangerous or deadly, just less than optimal in most cases. Everything has it's place in this world, no need to fear boiling a little water for tea if you like. Oh, and minerals are not disturbed by cooking, just enzymes and vitamins are sensitive to heat.
09-19-2009, 03:27 PM
I don't know about every tea, I feel that you would need to put the tea in boiling water to extract the nutrients, and if you liked, to let it cool.
But, I do know that you can make koyu matcha tea in cool water. It's in powder form and you mix it up. :)
you can find it here:http://koyumatcha.com/
09-19-2009, 03:35 PM
That's a really good explanation. Good balanced point of view and I really like how you expressed it. Thank you. Thank you.
Here's my 2 cents,
There are 2 types of workers in the body. Enzymes, of which there are hundreds, and probiotics of which there are many types as well. Some probiotics, for instance, possess proteolytic, anti-viral, anti-retroviral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-tumoral characteristics and uses. Sometimes in the same embodiment. The point is..probiotics and enzymes have a wide variety of functions and activities: they perform the actual work.
However, the workers can't build anything unless they have raw material. And the finest of raw materials doesn't go anywhere unless there are workers to do the work. In fact, if there are no workers, that raw material is either going to just sit, get carried away by the rain or rot. So various elements are important to each other and exist in a mind boggling symbiosis. Makes me stand in awe before our creator.
And so, as Coco said ......." Everything has its place in this world."
09-19-2009, 04:21 PM
My personal account:
I have a jug of green tea that's been sitting in my fridge, its never been heated, and it would seem that its just as potent (more potent rather) than any cooked tea I've ever consumed. The more potent part comes in because I keep the tea leaves soaking in there and don't let any come out of the jug when I pour it, so they keep on leaching their properties into the water. I only have to pour a millimeter thick layer of the green tea concoction into the bottom of the glass and fill the rest with water to get the effects. Now, whether or not the cold-soak tea is just a green caffeine soup or actually has the antioxidants and such extracted, I can't be sure... but it makes me feel good and I would like to think the goods have came out with how long it's been soaking.
I've also soaked pine needles in water without heat applied and the result is a dope pine-tasting concoction that pulses good vibes through me.
Of course, all teas are different, the best thing you can do is experiment yourself!
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