How to Make Bitter Leaf Tea
Tea is a beloved drink all over the world. It is one of the most consumed beverages, second only to water. Bitter leaf tea is among the most powerful tea in the world, it contains tons of antioxidants which work to prevent the body’s version of rust and thus help to keep us young and protect us from damage from pollution. A research published in the American journal of Biochemistry and biotechnology reported that bitter leaf tea is very useful in the reduction of blood glucose, as such bitter leaf tea is a very useful plant in the management of diabetes and other blood sugar related conditions. Annually an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. The number of new cases of cancer is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women per year, cancer is increasingly becoming a public health nightmare. Bitter leaf is one of the few plants with huge anti-cancer properties, it has been shown to be useful in the management of hydatidiform mole, trophoblastic tumor and lung tumor which was the forerunner of cancer.
Another health benefit of bitter leaf plant is its ability to control blood pressure(Hypertension). Bitter leaves have shown very significant effect on blood pressure regulation. A clinical study which analyzed the impact of bitter leaf on low density lipoproteins (LDL) and High density Lipoprotein (HDL) showed that bitter leaf decreased bad fat (LDL) cholesterol by nearly half, while simultaneously raising good fat (HDL) cholesterol levels. In addition, the high levels of potassium in plant has been linked to the plants ability to reduce blood pressure, it is therefore useful in the management of hypertension. A study published earlier this year that combined data from a host of earlier reports found a nearly 20 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack and a 35 percent reduced risk of stroke among those who drank one to three cups of green tea a day. Read Bitter Leaf Diabetes Treatment Naturally
How to Make Bitter Leaf Tea
The following instructions will help you to make a good cup of bitter leaf tea. Also included are suggestions for the amount of tea leaves, time of infusion, water temperature, and materials used in making bitter leaf tea . There are Two types of bitter leaf tea namely
– Black Bitter leaf tea
– Green Bitter leaf tea
Black Bitter leaf tea- Black bitter leaf tea also known as dried bitter leaf tea is made from dried bitter leaves. Sun drying is the best method for drying bitter leaf in order to preserve the active compounds in the leaf. Bitter leaves can also be dried using an oven.
Green Bitter tea – Green bitter leaf tea is made from fresh bitter leaves. Green bitter leaf tea is among the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. These include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other impressive benefits.
Step 1 : Get the leaves and wash them if they are fresh and in case you prefer black bitter leaf tea wash the leaf before drying.
Black Bitter Leaf Tea
Light Flavor: 1.5 Teaspoons, or about 3-4 grams of tea per 10-12 ounces or 30 CL of water.
Strong Flavor: 2 Teaspoons, or 5 grams of tea per 10-12 ounces or 30 CL of water.
Green Bitter Leaf Tea
Light Flavor: 1.5 Teaspoons, or about 3-4 grams of tea per 8 ounces or 24 CL of water.
Strong Flavor: 2 Teaspoons, or 5 grams of tea per 8 ounce or 24 CL of water.
Step 2: If you are making black bitter leaf tea, it’s okay to use boiling or almost boiling water to brew. If the tea leaf is lighter (colorful or green), boil water but let it sit about 5 minutes before pouring over your tea. Once you know the temp of your water, steep loose tea leaves for 1 to 2 minutes to see if you like the tea. You can also boil the leaf and the water in a kettle to obtain a more concentrated extract .
According to a study conducted by Baylor University Medical Center Texas, If the tea leaves are left in the hot water too long, they start releasing tannins, which impart a bitter taste to the tea. Interestingly, steeping green or black tea for a longer period of time, such as 15 minutes, gives a bitter drink that can be used as a home remedy for diarrhea. SEE: Ahamed Tea: Health Benefits and Side Effects
How Many Cups of Bitter Leaf Tea Should I Drink?
Bitter leaf tea is packed full of health-promoting compounds. Regularly drinking bitter tea can help you get pregnant, lose weight and reduce your risk of several diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Drinking three to five cups of bitter tea per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits. Very high doses may be problematic for some, but generally, green tea’s benefits far outweigh its risks.
How To Make Bitter Leaf Juice
There are also several benefit of bitter leaf juice this is how to make bitter leaf juice;
- Get a handful of fresh bitter leaf and wash them properly checking beneath the leaf for insect eggs and other contaminants.
- Place the washed leaves in a blender, pour the desired amount of water and blend to desired texture.
- Using a fine sieve drain the juice into a cup or jug and your medicinal bitter leaf juice is ready. it is also safe to drink the blend as a smoothie. There are several other health benefits of consuming bitter leaf juice.