Nutrition: Water Quality and Tea

I am a tea lover and green tea has long been a favorite both just because I like it and for its numerous health benefits. But I learned something about a simple way to amplify those health benefits.

Rather than just filling the teapot with tap water, simply use bottled, filtered or purified water. According to this study, just this one small change more than doubles the amount of EGCG, the primary antioxidant in green tea, known to boost heart health and lower risk for certain types of cancer, among other benefits.

It was found that average tap water contains various minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and sodium, along with some possible toxins like copper or lead. These minerals may affect the antioxidant levels in your tea as well as blocking EGCG from being extracted from the tea leaves, which could lower the antioxidant levels of your tea.

The researchers found high levels of EGCG produced a slightly more bitter cup of green tea, which can easily be overcome, in my opinion, to get the increased benefits.

Would you choose taste over health benefits?

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12 Responses to Nutrition: Water Quality and Tea

  1. Holly Scherer says:

    That’s interesting. I filter the water I drink, but never thought to filter the water I boil. I’ll definitely try this when it’s tea season again.

    • amusico says:

      I’m with you Holly. I first started to see this at my son’s house since they are on city water where they live (we are on a well). So I always use the filtered water there when I make my coffee or tea. I have just begun doing the same at home too. It really amazed me to know what a difference it makes in the ECGC content.

  2. Having used well water as a youngster, spring-fed water as a young adult, and “city water” for many decades, I can tell you there’s a difference. Even though we choose to use filtered water, it’s still not as good as what God’s original. 🙂 Good points here. Just not with green tea. 🙂 I’m more of an Arnold Palmer guy myself.

    • amusico says:

      Haha you always make me smile J.D. When we were kids my paternal grandmother had a bungalow up here near where we ended up living. We would go to a little stream and fill bottles with the delicious, cold water and honestly there is nothing that comes close to getting it from a clean source as God intended. Purified is certainly the next best thing if your only other choice is city water.

  3. Pastor Paul says:

    your local municipality is required by law to produce and disseminate water quality reports. The town I live in does them semi-annually. You would be shocked to see what’s in your tap water. I worked in the water treatment industry for 15 years and the worst that I’ve ever seen was a small town in south Texas that had arsenic and traces of depleted uranium in their tap water. Not a small coincidence that a large part of their population has some form of cancer.

    • amusico says:

      Wow well you certainly proved my point beyond the shadow of a doubt!! Thank you for sharing from your personal experience. That is very alarming!

  4. debwilson2 says:

    Ann, we use a Berkey filter device and have a filter on our house since we are on well water. When I was young I visited a remote area of Sweden where you could see the bottom of the large lake. Must be what the world was like before it was polluted by humankind.

    • amusico says:

      That’s great Debbie and yes – I remember collecting water from a stream by my grandmother’s summer bungalow and it was so clear and crisp and delicious.

  5. DyeHard says:

    Wow, did not think this much about water in my tea, I usually just use the water from the tap but i will start putting bottled water in my tea. Also I normally drink cold tea, but I am going to start drinking it warm! Thanks for the tips, The DyeHard Team.

  6. Maybe you should try Lemongrass if you haven’t before. It is so refreshing with a lot of digestive benefits, and its taste is unbelievably pleasant!

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