Many people ask if they can strain the powdered herbs out after the brewing process is complete.
The answer is, "No." Not if you want the maximum benefit from the essiac!
Drinking essiac tea with the herbs strained out is better than nothing. However, by throwing out the herbs, you are throwing out part of what helps you get well.
There are benefits in the entire leaf and root of the plant. Certain bioactive food substances (these vary from one herb to the next--and essiac has eight herbs) that are never or just partially released during a normal brewing process must be consumed for full benefit.
Even though the tea is brewed, there are components that are not extracted out into the water. These components are only liberated by the powerful digestive enzymes and acids in your stomach. Your digestive system will go to work on these particles, maximizing the benefit you will receive.
Think of it this way--are you better off making apple juice (and throwing out the peel) or eating the entire apple? Of course the entire apple is a better choice. The same holds true for essiac. The additional dietary fiber in the herb particles is also a welcomed bonus.Click here to contact us if you have additional questions about consuming the essiac tea