I read this on NBC recently and it reminded me of a great tip I’ve run into before and wanted to share.
Brew tea for up to 5 minutes
The longer the steep time, the greater the quantity of health-boosting flavonoids, explains Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University. Drink tea with a squeeze of lemon juice and you’ll increase antioxidant levels by up to 80%.
Expert tip: If you like tea with milk, go easy: Milk may reduce the absorption of tea’s beneficial components, says Blumberg. This may explain why the consumption of black tea, which is associated with the reduction of heart disease, provides greater benefits to folks in the Netherlands and the United States—but not in Great Britain, where adding milk to tea is more common.