30- Nov-2017

Nettle Tea: Decoction or Tea Bag?

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Dt. Pooja Maheshwari
Dt. Pooja Maheshwari
Research Dietician, CDE, N.D.D.Y.

For centuries, Nettle leaf has been used globally for its medicinal & nutritional properties, especially its benefits for hair. This article will tell you the best way to consume Nettle whether brewed herbal tea decoction or as a simple tea bag.

Nettle Tea is quiet familiar to health conscious people due to its amazing benefits (read Amazing Benefits of Nettle Tea) and healing properties. This natural diuretic regulates proper fluid flow through the kidneys and bladder, hence preventing kidney stones, collection of toxins (creatinine, urea) and urinary tract infection. Thus, it helps in lowering serum creatinine and urea levels in the body. According to a review article by Jinous, published in the Journal of medicinal plants research 2012, Nettle tea benefits conditions such as seasonal allergy, hair health, rheumatoid arthritis (acting as an anti-inflammatory), nephroprotective (acting as a diuretic), benign prostatic hyperplasia (inhibiting production of 5-a-reductase), hepatoprotective (by increasing tissue catalase) and also promoting the anti-oxidant defense system.

Generally, people consume Nettle as an herb in soups, salads, and curries, but the best way to derive all the plant benefits is in Nettle herbal tea. For tea preparation nettleis available in two forms – loose dry herb & tea bags. For many years, a lot of discussion has been focused on what is the healthiest way to gain all the benefits of nettle herb –as a tea bag or as a loose-leaf decoction? Although, we all know that using tea bags is an easier way to prepare herbal tea, as a trained dietician, I advise my clients to steep full leaves as this is the best way to consume Nettle tea.

The leaves used in tea bags are usually the powder and fanning’s of broken leaves which is a big step down in comparison to the benefits from good quality full leaf herbal Nettle tea. Likewise, the tea bag’s cover also absorbs nutrients, implying that we are losing nutrients in the tea bag cover moreover; the tea bag is always filled with smaller parts of the herb, causing a loss of essential oils along with providing less flavor. On the other hand, a direct leaf decoction is made of uncut, whole leaves, which contains all the nutrients, essential oils, flavor and aroma of the leaves. With these points, you can understand how the whole leaf is more concentrated in nutrients than the tea bag. This shows how Nettle leaf decoction is better than the tea bag version also one of the prime reasons why I endorse Nettle leaf tea or herbal tea by BestSource Nutrition, as the leaves in the product are young and come in a loose form pouch for direct herbal tea decoction. Along with this, the manufacturing process plays important role at Best Source Nutrition Nettle leaf tea development is cautiously managed; it provides assurance of preserving medicinal and nutritional properties to provide high quality Nettle Leaf tea.

Therefore, instead of being confused between the quick fix tea bags and direct leaf decoction, choose Nettle leaf Herb for best benefits to hair, skin and the entire health system.

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