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1/23/18 2:22 A

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I eat plenty of heme iron (found in meat, poultry and fish) and take mutli-vitamins with iron so I should be fine. I also drink orange juice, so shouldn't that offset? I wonder about the amount of tea I drink, as I don't drink coffee anymore? Or was coffee just as bad?


The Claim: Drinking Tea Can Lower Your Levels of Iron
By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
JUNE 29, 2009

THE FACTS

With its bounty of antioxidants and relatively moderate levels of caffeine, tea is one of the healthiest beverages around. But drinking tea is said to block the body’s absorption of dietary iron, potentially causing a deficiency.

Studies have shown that there is some truth to the idea. Compounds in tea called tannins can act as chelators, binding to minerals and inhibiting the body’s ability to absorb them. Although that can reduce a person’s levels of iron, studies have also found that it is unlikely to have much of an impact.

In one study, scientists examined the effect by having people eat a typical meal — a hamburger, string beans and mashed potatoes — and then measuring their iron levels after the meal was combined with various drinks. When the subjects ate the meal with tea, there was a 62 percent reduction in iron absorption. Drinking coffee resulted in a 35 percent reduction. Orange juice increased iron absorption by about 85 percent.

But there was a twist. Coffee and tea affected only the levels of non-heme iron, the kind found in grains and vegetables. Heme iron, found in meat, fish and poultry, was unaffected.

Because most Americans generally get more iron from their diets than needed, a daily cup or two of coffee or tea is unlikely to lead to low levels of iron.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Compounds in coffee and tea can affect iron absorption.

Doug
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I drink so much tea that my blood is not always good for donating they say that tea blocks iron from working to make new red cells!

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11/28/15 12:55 P

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I spent a little more for a Black Friday sale at Adagio, an expensive (for me) pound of tea. With my rebates (5% off, $11 customer loyalty dollars, and free shipping, plus a free $15 sampler of Chai teas with the order) I spent $40 on a pound (200 cups, + more because I use a French Press and can do multiple infusions) of Golden Monkey, of Jin Hou (I like the Chinese name better). It is by far and away the best tea I have ever had, even beating their English Breakfast which I thought couldn't be topped. I highly recommend!

The description from their site:
Golden Monkey or Jin Hou is a famous Chinese black tea whose leaves are said to resemble monkey paws. Golden Monkey originates from the Fujian province of China and is hand-processed each spring with careful plucking of only one leaf and one bud. This Golden Monkey is sweet and very "nosy": savory roasted apples, palm sugar, walnut, cocoa, rye and spice notes that linger as you sip. Rich, coating texture and very smooth, soft mouthfeel are both signs of a quality Jin Hou. This is a very complex black tea and can be enjoyed in multiple infusions, a real treat for black tea lovers.

Doug
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“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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Woah, I hope they fixed it and you are doing better.

Doug
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Thanks! Sorry for my delayed thanks. I had unplanned surgery for a detached retina late last night.

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Yes, it is a blend, good quality Ceylon black with traditional bergamot flavor, actual pieces of the rind. It has hints of vanilla and cream flavors to balance the citrus, I tried a sample and loved it instantly, now it is my go-to cup on most days. I have gone through 4 pounds of it since then (a pound of tea is a whole lot, a pretty big bag that takes one person a long time to drink).

I compared costs and it's $19 per pound, works out to about 10 cents per cup, which is cheaper than many bagged teas. I do like Earl Grey by many different brands, not just Adagio loose leaf; I was buying bagged Earl Grey by The Original Ceylon Tea Company through Amazon but this is better quality and cheaper.

In an interview Stephen King said he drinks loose leaf tea by the gallon. So I have something in common with him!


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Is Earl Grey Moonlight a special kind of Earl Grey?

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I love tea ordering day. The internet is great, so much selection.

I ordered a pound of Peach Ceylon (Adagio), I tried a small amount before and loved it, just the right amount of fruit flavor with the brightness of the Ceylon. Also needed to replenish my Assam for a malty variety so I went with some Irish Breakfast (pound) and a trial of English Breakfast. I have had the Irish before and liked it well with a dollop of cream. A bit strong in flavor, as I like it.

I have been brewing a quart per day of one variety or another, in a French Press, plus perhaps another double cup mug later in the day. I like to switch it around, choosing from my variety of loose leaf teas on whim, green or Darjeeling, Assam or Ceylon are my favorites. My absolute fave is Earl Grey Moonlight. If there are health bennies from teas I am getting them!

Well met. If you love tea too this is the place to be.

Doug
West Michigan

“My only wish is that we leave room for hope. There is good and bad in all things. We find what we expect to find. We see what we expect to see. I have learned that if I tilt my head just right and squint, the world outside is beautiful. The future is bright. There are good things to come.” -- Hugh Howey, Dust


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