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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.


Start of Genmaicha

There are several stories about how the Genmaicha have started. Just for the people who are not familiar with genmaicha, it is a Japanese green tea that is blended with roasted brown rice. Today I would like to talk about a story that I have heard from a Japanese tea artisan in Shizuoka.
 
 

It was a story back in the 1920s in Tokyo.

There was a tea store in center of Tokyo where a young lady from Niigata prefecture was working. It was a family owned small tea store, and she was working as a employee and also as a house maid (this working style was quite normal at this time in Japan and was called “Jyochu-san”). She was a very hard working young lady and the owner’s son has fell in love with this young lady. They have started to date each other and as time passed, they decided to get married.

Everybody who worked at the tea store was very happy about there marriage. The owner have decided to go Niigata to meet her parents to introduce himself and see what kind of family she was brought up by. Yes, the parents meeting the parents…

Niigata prefecture is a very famous area for making one of the top quality rices in Japan. The people in this area were not wealthy and did not have the custom to drink green tea (green tea was a drink for the rich ones back then). On the other hand, they roasted brown rice with a pan and drank it by pouring hot water into it, a local rice tea.

The family of this young lady was very anxious to meet the owner and went out to the city center of Niigata to purchase some green tea for this special occasion. The young lady’s family was very frugal and since green tea was expensive they’ve used a small amount of tea leaf and added some roasted brown rice to make the tea. This tea was served to the tea store owner and said “Umai-cha-da!(meaning What a Tasteful Tea!)” The owner was extremely delighted with the taste and happy to discover something new about tea. After he went back to Tokyo, he made this tea and named it Gemaicha (Genmai meaning brown rice and cha meaning tea). It sold out very well and was spread by the word of mouth and became a very popular tea in Japan.

Yes, it has started out from the small country side of Niigata prefecture…a local rice tea being mixed with sencha green tea. Maybe if the family wasn’t being that frugal, it might not been mixed with the roasted brown rice. The tea store owner has always told the people that he was truly blessed to have the best daughter-in-law that lead him the way to meet this new tea.

There are many stories about the origin of Genmaicha. This will be one of the stories that is passed on in Shizuoka.
Hope you enjoyed. Thank you:)


Yosuke Aso
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