Sencha tea is one of the most popular teas in Japan. It is a green tea that has been consumed since the 14th century, and it is said that this tea was first introduced by Buddhist monks. Sencha tea comes from the same Camellia sinensis plant as other varieties of green teas, but it differs in its processing. Unlike other green teas, which are steamed before drying out to prevent oxidation and create a sweet flavour profile, this tea must be air dried after being steamed for about 30 seconds. This process allows for higher levels of amino acids, vitamins A through E and antioxidants than typical green teas.
Sencha tea has many health benefits. The polyphenols in green tea have been shown to protect against cancer, heart disease and mental disorders. Sencha tea also contains vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), C, D; niacin; folic acid; pantothenic acid (B5); potassium; calcium; iron and zinc plus many beneficial minerals like copper, manganese and selenium as well as antioxidants such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Read on to find out about the great benefits of Sencha and why it's a must have medicinal tea.
Sencha tea has been found to help with weight loss, as well as prevention of obesity and diabetes. It also helps to prevent heart disease by increasing your metabolism. The tea is thought to boost metabolism through the green tea antioxidants it contains, which are called catechins.
The tea is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Antioxidants in the tea help to fight free radicals that damage cells in the body.
Additionally, caffeine in green tea can stimulate the metabolism and increase alertness. This can help you feel more awake and is a healthy replacement for coffee.
Lowers blood pressure
Sencha tea contains antioxidants called catechins, which are known to lower blood pressure. Sencha tea is rich in potassium, which plays an important role in helping reduce high blood pressure.
Improves Mental Alertness
The key ingredient in Sencha tea is l-theanine, which acts as an anti-stress agent. It helps to relax muscles and nerves while boosting brain function at the same time. A cup of Sencha tea can be taken 15 minutes before bedtime to help promote sleep, or during the day when you need a little pick me up!
Reduces cholesterol levels
Sencha tea has been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help the body manage its various cholesterol forms. Cholesterol is a fatty substance naturally produced by the liver that helps with cell growth and repair, but too much of it can lead to hardened arteries and heart disease. When you eat too many unhealthy fats or sugars, your body will produce more cholesterol than necessary. Sencha
tea helps balance this out by increasing good cholesterol (HDL) and decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL).
With less bad cholesterol floating around in your body, there's less chance of clogged arteries or other damage to your circulatory system.
Boosts immune system
Sencha tea is a great way to boost your immune system and fight off infections. The antioxidants found in Sencha tea help boost the immune system, making them an ideal alternative to other medications that can cause side effects such as drowsiness or headaches.
Helps skin care
A lot of people are unaware that tea can help with your skin care. The antioxidants present in green tea help prevent free radical damage which has been linked to signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Also, drinking Sencha green tea can help protect against UV rays from the sun by increasing the production of melanin that prevents sunburns.
Tea contains antioxidants. Antioxidants are health-promoting compounds that we need to combat oxidative stress and disease, so they're highly beneficial to our bodies. The two main types of antioxidants present in tea are polyphenols and flavonoids; both of these function as free radical scavengers at the cellular level, meaning they fight off or neutralize any harmful molecules known as free radicals.
Pick up a packet of Sencha tea today
Our Japanese Autumn Moon Sencha is in stock. Order a packet and start enjoying the benefits of this medicinal tea. You will soon feel the difference in your body and mind.