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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.


Ways of enjoying powdered green tea

I am a big fan of loose leaf tea but of course, the most teas I drink are the powdered teas. The great part of powdered teas are there convenience and the incredible versatility. It can be made into Lattes or just simple nice teas and can be carried around anywhere. For that reason, I always change the ways I make my teas depending on the situation (time, place, mood, etc.). Today I would like to introduce my personal top three.

 

1. Thermos Green Teas at Office

 
One of the most convenient way to carry your teas around are the Thermos. I always use the thermos to bring my teas to my office. Especially in summer, I put organic green tea powder and water and just shake, then add ice to keep the teas nice and cold. Also sometimes I add a little Matcha (Especially the Sakura Komachi) with the teas to make the flavor more deeper…You should really try this:) This is really good.

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 In addition to the pleasant taste, you can get plenty of antioxidants while working, and  also take in some caffeine to boost your concentration.

 

2. Authentic Matcha Style at Home

At home when I have time, I make my green teas by the Authentic Matcha Style using the bamboo whisk and the Matcha bowl. Although this is not Matcha, this green tea powder gives a thick foam on top providing a milky texture. This tastes totally different from the ordinary tea style where you mix with a spoon. Also Sakura Komachi (Matcha blended with Cherry Blossom Leaf) will be great too when made by the Authentic Matcha style.

 

3. Sakura Komachi (Matcha blended with Cherry Blossom Leaf) Soda at Home
This is one of the most refreshing modern type matcha teas I ever drank! Just add Sakura Komachi (1/3rd teaspoon)  and a little water to make the Matcha paste. Then add sparkling water and some ice, and you will have a truly refreshing Matcha green tea. *Please add sweetener based on your preference. As for this Sakura Komachi Soda, I was inspired by the Japanese tea cafe in Japan called Nana Green Tea. They had the green tea soda on the menu, which was very sweet…Since I’m a person who do not really prefer sweetened tea, I decided to make it myself..and came up with this tea.
 
This will be it! This is so far my top 3 ways to enjoy the teas. Please take a look at “LEARN” for more ways to drink green teas.There is many more ways to enjoy your teas, so please experiment as you like and if you come up with some other great ways to drink teas, please do share! We would like to learn from you too. There is no limit with what you can do with powder:) I will post again about making teas when I discover something new. Thank you and have a great day!!

Yosuke Aso
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