June 16, 2014


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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.


Notes on Japanese Teapot Kyusu – Hachijyu Hachiya -

Kyusu made from the Tokoname Yaki Style

This Japanese teapot is made by the traditional Tokoname Yaki pottery style that started out from the Tokoname region of Aichi prefecture (a little south west of Tokyo) from the 1100s. Tokoname yaki is said to be the ultimate art of clay and fire, and this clay material is said to give the tea a mellow and smooth taste.


Unique Built-in Clay Strainer

Usually kyusu will have a stainless steel strainer; however this kyusu is very unique that the strainer part is already made by the handmade holes that are near the spout as shown below. There are eighty eight holes in this strainer and eighty eight in Japanese is hachijyu hachi, a very similar name to the tea pot, right?


Where did the name “Hachijyu Hachiya” come from

Just to let you know, the name of this tea pot Hachijyu Hachiya means eighty eight nights in Japanese. In Japanese tea industry, it is said that the first pick/harvest teas starts from the eighty eighth night from Risshun (first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar which is around beginning of Feb). Teas that are harvested in hachijyu hachiya (eighty eighth night) are marked the highest price in the market and is said to be have luck. This tea pot kyusu is named after the lucky eighty eight nights and made holes the lucky eighty eight too.



Great with Organic Sencha Superior

This kyusu can only make 0.93 cups at once, and it is suitable for high-end loose leaf teas that are recommended to be taken in small amounts. Today, I have made organic sencha superior with this kyusu tea pot.


This is a highly recommended tea pot for single serving high-end teas. Also it is very easy to keep it clean since it does not have a steel strainer. No worries for the tea leaves to be clogged in the strainer.

If there are any questions please feel free to ask anytime.

Thank you.

Yosuke Aso
Yosuke Aso


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