Your Personal Best: Green Tea
By WVUA Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart
As the weather gets cooler, many of us may be reaching for warmer beverages. Consider reaching for warm beverages that have health benefits as well. Namely green tea.
“One such beverage that has many health benefits is green tea because of its anti-inflammatory effects and anti-oxidants that build up the immune system at the cellular level,” said health expert Dr. Milady Murphy. “Added to that enhancement protecting us against certain diseases is a dash of cinnamon, which helps the flavor and has its own medicinal properties.”
Murphy said she recommends adding a touch of local honey to your green tea if you can.
“Local honey preserves the bee environment, and that also has health benefits for us and our community,” Murphy said.
The proper way to steep green tea is at around 175 degrees — steaming but not yet boiling, for 3 minutes. Full-leaf loose leaf tea provides the best flavor, but there are plenty of bagged varieties available to suit your taste, too.