August 23, 2013
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.
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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.
Japanese tea differs a lot by its regions. Of course all teas in Japan regardless of the region they all make wonderful teas. Depending on the region the taste and there character will vary so understanding the regions is also a very important factor for understanding Japanese teas.Today I would like to talk about the Shizuoka Prefecture. Shizuoka Prefecture is the largest tea plantation area in Japan, producing 40% of the teas that are made in Japan. It is considered one of the “Big Threes(1.Uji Kyoto, 2.Shizuoka, and 3.Sayama)” in Japan. Kyoto is the place with the longest tea history and Shizuoka would be the next.
Start of Shizuoka Teas
Shizuoka tea started in 1214, when Buddhist Monk, Shouichi Kokushi, came back from China bringing back the seeds of teas. They have planted in the region called the Honyama, also called Ashikubo. So Ashikubo-cha is a famous tea in Japan that is considered the start of Shizuoka Teas.
8 Major Regions
Shizuoka has 8 major tea regions, each having its own character and specialty. We will not go over every region but would like to go over some that I personally think should be remembered at this time.The “Makinohara Area”, this area is considered the largest tea plantation area in Japan. Where ever you go all you see is Teas Teas and Teas!
The “Honyama Area” is the region that the Shizuoka Tea has started. This region has steep hills and tea machines are difficult to maneuver on the hills so many farmers take care and pick the teas by hand. This is where our product ShiZen Pesticide-Free Green Tea Powder
is coming from!Also the “Kawane Area” is the area that our ShiZen Organic Green Tea
comes from, so please remember that!
Loved by the Shogun, Tokunaga
It is a famous story that Shogun Tokunaga loved the teas from Shizuoka(Ashikubo Tea). The green tea that was served to Shogun was not a regular sencha but tencha, the leaves that are used to make Matcha. In other words, tea leaves that are grown under the shade before its harvest. After he have retired from Shogun later in his life, he has moved to Shizuoka and enjoyed his time drinking teas.Yes, Shizuoka is a place that is filled with history of teas. As mentioned, this area is the place that produces 40% of the Japanese teas, where every you go you will always see a tea farm:) Next time we would like to go over Kagoshima. Kagoshima is a place that also makes amazing teas.
Thank you for reading!
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