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Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

In ancient Japan, green tea was considered a medicine due to its known health benefits at the time. It was also something Buddhism monks used during their meditation for its calming effects. Modern science has confirmed these Japanese beliefs in green tea. Many scholars around the world have studied the health benefits of green tea and found the following:

Health Substance Inside of Green Tea

Green tea has many amazing nutrients and substances and the following will be some of the major substances/compounds:

1. Catechin. This substance is type of polyphenol that is said to have powerful antioxidant effect. It has four type of Catechin: EC, EGC, ECG, and EGCG. The EGCGs are considered the most powerful antioxidant within the four types.

2. Vitamins. Green tea is especially abundant in Vitamin C. If you take the green tea in powder type, three servings will be equivalent to one apple. Also the organic compound beta-carotene (vitamin A precursor) is also abundant close to one serving of orange juice.

3. Theanine. It is an unique amino acid that is said to have potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress and provides a calm alertness.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

There are many scholars around the world who are experimenting the health benefits of green tea. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so if you plan to use for medical purpose please consult your physician.

1. Prevents Cancer. The powerful antioxidant substance, the EGCGs, are said to prevent the development of cancer cells. There are many experiment that shows that the people who takes green tea has a low possibility of getting cancer.

2. Lowers Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol. There is an enzyme that triggers the high blood pressure called the enzyme renin. Catechin has the effect to prevent this enzyme renin to raise the blood pressure. It will also lower bad cholesterol, which makes the ratio of good and bad cholesterol more favorable for the health.

3. Boosts Metabolism. Catechin also is said to have the effect to boost metabolism and reduce the absorption of fat.

4. Relaxation. The combination of theanine and caffeine has the effect to give alert calmness.

5. Natural Deodorizer. The Catechin is said to provide antibacterial effect and eliminates odor. In Japan, used tea leaves are recommended to use as a natural air refresher. 

6. Aids Fight for Dementia. Catechin protects from nerves system which leads to aids for dementia.

7. Tooth Decay. The antibacterial effect will protects from cavities and other dental issues.

8. Skin Care. The antioxidant effect from Catechin and vitamin C will protect you from aging skin. In Japan, some beauty magazines recommend to drink green tea for its skin care benefits and health benefits.

 

Health Experiment Done with Green Tea

We put together a chart that sums up the major experiment that was done.

Green Tea Health Benefits

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 *DISCLAIMER. We are not recommending green tea as a cure or remedy for any health ailments. Please consult your physician for any medical problems you may be experiencing. We seek to source current and accurate information for your general knowledge. If you know of any additional informative resources, please contact us.


Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Today, we would like to over the benefits of matcha green tea and other green tea powders as well. Currently the major Japanese green tea powders are matcha and sencha powder.

Difference of Matcha and Sencha Powder

Most of you may know already but just to review, sencha powder and matcha powder are totally different products. Matchas are made from green tea leaves that are grown under the shade before harvest, and senchas are green tea leaves that are grown 100% under the sun processed by the unique Japanese way by steaming the leaves. This sencha green tea leaves are normally called simply “Japanese green tea” in stores. I will say if it is sold by a legitimate Japanese tea company, so called “Japanese green tea” products are 100% sencha, if there are no other specific indication. Please remember SENCHA powder is NOT MATCHA powder. It is very unfortunate that I sometimes see that Chinese green tea powder named Matcha green tea powder, and worst case people are mislead to compare the price and product as if its the same product. (As for further info about the difference of Sencha and Matcha please check out our blog post about this issue)

Benefits of Green Tea Powder

1. Amazing Health Benefit

When you brew green tea, you are drinking only 30 percent of its nutrients and throwing away the rest. Our green tea powder is simply a fine ground powder of organic green tea leaf. This means that since you are consuming the whole leaf, all of its health benefits can be consumed with nothing left behind.

2. Outstanding Convenience

With our green tea powder, it can be brought anywhere and can be made anywhere: at your workplace, yoga studio, on your travel, etc. No special pot or utensils will be necessary, just powder and water.

3. Incredibly Versatile

Take your imagination to the limit of green tea’s versatility. Not only traditional green tea but can be used in numerous ways to spice up your desert, food, or beverage(Green tea latte, green tea ice cream, green tea cookies, etc.).

What are the Health Benefits of Powdered Green Tea?

a. Powerful Antioxidant And Vitamins Contained In Powdered Green Tea

Green tea (sencha) powder and Matcha powder are a convenient way to access the powerful antioxidant Catechin(EGCG) and vitamins. Espacially Vitamin C and Beta-Carotenes are considered especially abundant compared to other beverages and fruits.

 

 

b. Nothing Comparable To Brewed Green Tea

Green tea (sencha) powder and Matcha powder includes Vitamin C, E, B6, B2, and Beta Carotenes and will not be contained in brewed green tea.

 

*DISCLAIMER. We are not recommending green tea as a cure or remedy for any health ailments. Please consult your physician for any medical problems you may be experiencing. We seek to source current and accurate information for your general knowledge. If you know of any additional informative resources, please contact us.

 Which type of green tea contains the most antioxidant?

a. Catechin(EGCG) is contained the most in 2nd to 3rd Harvest Green Tea (Sencha) Leaf

Within the green tea variety,  the powerful antioxidant compound Catechin (EGCG) is contained the most in the green tea (sencha) leaf. Within the green tea (sencha) leaf, the 2nd and the 3rd harvest teas (summer harvested teas), are said to contain the most Catechins.  Our organic green tea (sencha) powder is from the second harvest that will provide you with the abundant antioxidants and umami(savory) at the same time.

 

 

b. Contains the most Catechins because it is harvested in summer

In green tea leaves there is an amino acid called “Theanine”, this unique amino acid is said to have the potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress. Also this substance is known for being the “Umami (Savory)” of the green tea.

This “Theanine” is decomposed and changed to the “Catechin” when the teas are exposed to the sunlight before the harvest. For that reason, teas such as Matcha and Gyokuro that covers the tea farms with shades that block the sunlight has high “Theanine” and low “Catechin.” On the other hand green tea (sencha) that are grown in full sunlight will contain high “Catechin” and low “Theanine”.

 

 

Green teas (sencha) that are 2nd and 3rd harvested, the summer harvest, are grown longer in the full sunlight, for that reason they are considered to have the most “Catechin” within the green teas.

*DISCLAIMER. We are not recommending green tea as a cure or remedy for any health ailments. Please consult your physician for any medical problems you may be experiencing. We seek to source current and accurate information for your general knowledge. If you know of any additional informative resources, please contact us.

Thank you for reading such long post. Hope you enjoyed!


Yosuke Aso
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