What are the health benefits of Sencha Tea?
Sencha Tea is the best known of Japanese teas.
Its production reaches 80% of total Japan, although the country has to import teas from this variety made in China under the Japanese canons to meet domestic demand.
In this article, we tell you some interesting aspects of Sencha tea.
The color of the Sencha green tea infusion is equally characteristic, greenish-yellow.
Its leaves are large and very aromatic. It is a type of tea that is very common in Japan, where it is consumed quite usually.
In fact, it is the tea used at the tea ceremony in Japan.
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What is Sencha tea?
Sencha tea is a variety of tea originating in Japan.
It means “cooked tea” since the leaves of the plant are cooked, this being what characterizes and produces its differences from the other green teas.
Sencha tea is produced from Aracha, partially processed tea leaves.
That serves as raw material to make different types of tea.
Depending on the initial quality of the harvested leaves.
What distinguishes Japanese teas from other green teas produced in other countries is the method used to stop oxidation (called fixation).
This is done by exposing freshly collected green leaves to an intense source of steam.
In this way, it is possible to stop the action of the oxidizing tops and therefore, keep the color and properties of the leaf fresh.
This technique, created and developed in Japan, imprints an unmistakable character on its teas.
Sencha tea is roasted in a frying pan before preparing the cylinders for consumption as in the case of the Chinese.
This process in the production confers the characteristic more vegetal flavor almost herbaceous and slightly more bitter and the infusions have a greener color than the Chinese green teas.
Sencha tea is very popular in this country where it is taken cold in summer and hot in the winter season.
The other Japanese green tea notorious for its natives is the Mascha.
But is used in a more ceremonial as it is the favorite for the traditional ceremony of Japanese tea.
While the use of Sencha in a popular way makes it almost 90% of green tea consumed by Japanese.
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What are the benefits of Sencha Tea?
Sencha tea is full of excellent health benefits, such as the ability to reduce the risk of cancer, prevent chronic diseases, reduce blood pressure, balance cholesterol levels, help lose weight, protect the immune system, Increase energy and stimulate cognitive activity.
There are very few side effects of drinking this tea, although some people have reported nausea and irritability as well as anxiety, after consuming an unusually large amount of Sencha tea, to learn more about the great benefits of tea Sencha you better keep reading this post.
Keep your mind sharp and focused.
Sencha tea has long been considered a brain stimulant, and the antioxidants found in this tea are capable of stimulating neural pathways and preventing oxidative stress in the brain, resulting in plaque deposition.
This tea is useful for keeping your mind sharp and focused, even as you age, and decreases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Sencha Green tea is the richest in catechins, especially in Epigallocatechin Gelato-3 (EGCG) which has more properties than other green teas as a cancer protector, as well as an enhancer of the effects of radiotherapy in the treatment of cell cancer.
It helps you remove fat, and is highly recommended for people who want to lose weight, so if your plan is to lose weight I recommend you take two cups of this infusion a day, in the morning and at noon, and you can go decreasing the extra fat of the organism and losing sizes over time.
Higher levels of vitamin C and a large number of antioxidants make this tea a perfect defender of the immune system.
It can stimulate the production of white blood cells and prevent infections while accelerating healing if you have common colds or flu.
High blood pressure.
This may be beneficial for people at high risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular disease.
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Sencha tea taste.
The appearance of the leaf is usually shaped like elongated and thin strands, although we also find some excellent quality teas composed of a mixture of whole leaves and many leaf fragments of different sizes.
It usually presents a luminous light green to bright dark green color in the best qualities.
On the nose, the most characteristic aromas of this type of green tea are intense notes of fresh grass, with marine aromas, reminiscent of algae and even fish, but also floral, citrus, and other very fruity notes appear, even to confectionery, especially in which they are subjected to a longer fixation process.
In the mouth, the notes described above are replicated, and a slightly bitter attack is common that gives way to the appearance of clear umami notes (or fifth taste) and sweets.
Senchas in general usually have a very pronounced body and find at the end of the tasting experience a long fruity aftertaste confirms that we are facing high-quality tea.
Sencha tea contraindications.
We should not forget that despite its great benefits Sencha green tea is a stimulant, so it is contraindicated in the case of:
- Nervous system problems. Its caffeine content affects cases of anxiety, insomnia, or tachycardia. Although theanine attenuates the effects of caffeine, it needs to be moderated.
- Osteoporosis. If you have it does not take more than 3 cups daily as it precipitates the evacuation of calcium.
- Heart disease and hypertension. In high doses, instead of improving these ailments, Sencha tea or green, in general, could worsen these diseases.
- Pregnancy and lactation. In these cases, it is advised not to consume more than two cups of tea daily. There is a risk of abortion and problems in the absorption of folic acid.
- Digestive ailments. Its tannins and theine irritate the gastric mucosa.
- Anemia. Green tea makes it difficult to absorb iron.
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How much caffeine is in Sencha tea?
It’s a caffeine-rich drink, although it obviously provides less amount in caffeine than coffee. It also provides theine.
Both substances provide stimulating benefits to the nervous system, promoting the state of wakefulness.
Sencha is generally low in theine, allowing you to take it at any time of the day.
Even at evening hours, when other more intense teas could affect our sleep.
In addition, this type of tea contains high amounts of theanine.
An amino acid is known for its relaxing and concentration-enabling properties.
Perhaps, for this reason, many green teas, including the Sencha, are used in meditation.
We insist once again, however, that these are general considerations and that each tea has a different effect on each person.
The best Japanese Sencha green tea is rich in other amino acids, vitamin C, and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.
Of all the green teas, the Senchas, together with the Matcha is one of the ones that have the highest concentrations of catechins.
Catechins are powerful antioxidants of the polyphenol group, present in many vegetables, but especially in some types of green tea.
Lately, they have become very famous due to their recurrent appearance in numerous scientific studies on their excellent anti-aging properties.
Some of these studies show that the highest longevity that exists in Japan.
The highest in the world is related to the con
What’s the best time to have green tea?
Actually, this is a very difficult question to answer. It will all depend on the characteristics of each organism, the lifestyle, and the activities of a person.
Many claims that the most suitable time for green tea is 20 minutes before or after your meals. In this way, in theory.
The level of proteins and minerals and the absorption of magnesium, catechins, and vitamins C and E in our body could be improved.
As for its consumption by children, many claims that green tea is adequate due to its level of antioxidants and vitamins.
However, there are also those who discourage it because of the caffeine it contains and the iron deficiency it could generate.
Consult your pediatrician or nutritionist for professional advice.
Special attention should be paid to the preparation of Japanese teas: incorrect water, temperature, or infusion time.
Can turn our precious Sencha tea into a bitter and unpleasant infusion.
For this, we recommend the use of water with very weak mineralization and generally low temperatures and infusion times.
For example, for our premium Sencha Needle tea is enough with just a minute and a half of infusion, with water at a temperature of 70oC.
Therefore, and especially in the case of Sencha teas.
We suggest that you follow the recommendations we make for each type.
You can also experiment yourself, playing with times and temperatures.
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- Recommended temperature: 175° – 180°
- Cover and steep to taste.
- Remove the tea bag and enjoy!
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