Sencha green tea is one of the most popular types of Japanese green tea. Its name translates to “roasted tea” which refers to the way the tea was processed back in the olden days as influenced by popular Chinese tea processing methods.
It is the kind of tea that’s usually served in traditional Japanese homes and it usually the kind of tea that you get from Japanese restaurants as well. Unlike other kinds of green tea that are grown in the shade, sencha is grown under full sunlight, thus lending the tea a different taste and aroma that is unique to its kind.
Unbrewed, sencha tea leaves should be long and narrow and dark green in color. A good quality sencha has a very robust taste. It has the perfect balance between sweet and grassy without a hint of bitterness to it. It is very strong which makes it the perfect tea to accompany a delicious meal. Sencha also has a strong and refreshing grassy seaweed-ish smell to it.
Of course, just like other variations of green tea sencha has a lot of impact on our health.
Here are some of the benefits of sencha green tea:
1. Boosts immunity
Green tea has always been the go-to drink of many when looking for a healthier alternative to coffee. If you’re looking for something that will strengthen your immunity, try drinking sencha tea regularly. Being rich in vitamin C, sencha has the ability to boost your immune system and fight off viruses and bacteria.
2. Prevents diseases
Sencha is one of those drinks that can stave diseases off when consumed regularly. Because it has high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, sencha is quite powerful in preventing chronic diseases, heart diseases, and speeding up recovery from illnesses like the flu and common colds.
3. Prevents diabetes
Thanks to the catechin EGCG that is found in green teas like sencha, the onset of diabetes can be prevented. EGCG has the ability to regulate the levels of blood glucose in your system to prevent it from spiking. Research has also shown that green tea has the capacity to improve your system’s sensitivity to insulin.
4. Reduces stress
Green tea has previously been shown to reduce stress so it might just be what you need to cap off a long and tiring day. Some say it’s the warmth of the drink that’s making you feel better, but studies have found the primary polyphenols (EC, EGCG, ECG, and EGC) found in green tea are the main reasons for this phenomenon.
Next time you’re feeling stressed, whether it be mental or physical, try to sit it out with a warm cup of sencha.
5. Lowers high blood pressure
By acting as a natural angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, sencha has the ability to lower your blood pressure and prevent excessive strain in your heart. This reduces your risk of having hypertension and other kinds of cardiovascular diseases.
6. Promotes oral health
As you know, sencha green tea is loaded with antioxidants and these do not only help fight free radicals or keep you looking young, they can also help you achieve better oral health.
The antioxidants in sencha lowers the natural acidity of your saliva to prevent damage on the surface of the teeth as well as on the gums while preventing plaque build up at the same time.
Sencha’s antibacterial properties also help prevent bad breath.
Not a lot of people will opt for something as common and as basic as sencha green tea, but if you knew how much you could benefit from it health-wise, wouldn’t you be willing to give it a try?
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