A study at University of Newcastle has claimed that the best way to make tea is to microwave it. Microwaving is one of the advanced technologies to get more bioactive compounds from the products, says Dr Quan Vuong, lead researcher of the study, in a statement at ABC; and doing so to make tea activates 80 percent of the caffeine, theanine and polyphenol compounds, and gives the best taste.
Polyphenols are antioxidants which help lower cardiovascular disease and cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. And theanine is an essential amino acid which helps reduce stress and anxiety. The exact method Dr Quan Vuong used in the study includes – putting hot water in the cup with the teabag; heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power, and let it sit for a minute. He further suggests that one needs to drink at least three cups of microwaved tea a day for full health benefits.
Reference: Improved extraction of green tea components from teabags using the microwave oven. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.jfca.2012.06.001