Alternative Medicine/tea


I had a question about Green Tea.  With regards to teabags vs. loose leaf tea, most everyone says that loose leaf tea is always better, both in terms of taste and quality, with loose leaf tea having much more catechins/antioxidants and EGCG.  How true is this?  I've heard that most tea bags have fannings, which are a lower quality tea, and thus less antioxidants.  One site I did run across though alluded to the fact that with tea fannings though, there was more surface area contact with the water, since fannings are so small.  This would stand to reason that you would actually be getting more antioxidants from tea bags since more tea leaf is in contact with the water.  I've also heard teas from China are cheap, whereas ones from Japan are good quality, and to only buy teas from Japan.  I am most concerned about getting the most antioxidants, which I'm guessing is from loose leaf tea. Would you still get more catechins/EGCG from a lower grade (say B) loose leaf tea as opposed to a more expensive tea bag?  I've also heard that you could re-use/make multiple infusions of loose leaf tea.  Don't you lose a whole lot of antioxidants doing this?  Lastly, what is the best method to brew loose leaf tea, metal ball, infuser, etc. Thanks very much for your help.

Hi Dave

I like your question because I ask about this myself.

I am big believer in non-processed foods. With respect to manufactures’, I just do not know what is inside the tea bags.
I go to special store and buy pretty expensive leaves of the green tea. Before, I used Japanese green tea because I have read about its healing benefits. I did not like the taste; so, I drink now Chinese green tea. Anyway, we know that green tea is less processed than black tea. I think that green tea needs to flush with boiled water, then brew tea, and immediately drink it with small sips.

If you want to know more about healing diet, alkaline-formed foods, foods combining, paleo, by curiosity, look my EBook “Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You”, Part 2. You can find there many practical advices and new for you information.

I wish you health.


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I have MD degree and decades of the experience in holistic medicine, acupuncture, herbs, cleansing techniques’, diet and drinking healing mineral water, nutritional supplementation and hypnosis. I think, I can answer many questions in the area of non-drug treatment of various chronic diseases, especially gastrointestinal disorders. I am a holistic practitioner at Biotherapy Clinic in San Francisco, California


I worked as an MD (anesthesiology, intensive care, gastroenterology, Men’s health, etc) in USSR. PhD in Western Medicine. Alternative medicine practitioner in the Biotherapy Alternative Medicine Clinic in San Francisco for 20 years.

I published many articles in internet and EBook: "Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You" 550 pages and more than 300 references. References 1. Peter Melamed, Ph.D., Felix Melamed, LAc, MSTCM. EBook Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You. Publisher Biotherapy, Inc, September 2014 2. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas. JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2014 Nov 28; 15(6): 552-560 3. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. Short Review of Our Work - "Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas" with Focus on the Functional Exocrine Pancreatic Disorders JOP. J Pancreas (Online) 2015 Jul 08; 16(4):365-368 4. Peter Melamed, PhD, and Felix Melamed, MS. Acidity Kills the Pancreas. Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. August/September 2015, p. 74-80 5. Peter Melamed, Felix Melamed. The Role of the Metabolic Acidosis in the Development of Chronic Pancreatitis. SM Group (USA) Chronic Pancreatitis: Recent Advances. 2015, Aug 10

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