Sencha is another name for Japanese Green Tea, and makes up approximately 80% of the tea produced in Japan.
Sencha tea is typically grown in complete sunlight and involves an extensive procedure. The youngest tea leaves are steamed immediately after picking to prevent oxidation, they are then rolled into cylinders to dry. Premium quality Sencha tea leaves holds a thin straight shape with a pure green colour. The top part of the buds and the leaves are processed to make this beneficial tea (slightly yellow in colour when brewed).
There is only 30mg of caffeine per cup of Sencha tea as opposed to 110-175mg in coffee. It also contains L-theanine, a rare amino acid responsible for savory, umami tasting notes, that produces an anti-stress effect. The caffeine and L-theanine combine, creating a sense of calm and alertness. A perfect pick me up without the racing heart beat that sometimes comes with coffee consumption.
Green tea has been shown to have numerous positive effects on the skin, helping it stay clear, vibrant, and youthful. It also provides the following benefits:
- Sun protection that works from the inside out, green tea neutralizes UV light, protecting against sunburns. It’s probably still a good idea to use your usual natural SPF, but green tea can help enhance the effects.
- Slows signs of aging and reduces appearance of wrinkles. The antioxidants present in green tea have been shown to help reactivate dying and damaged cells.
- The antioxidant Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, more affectionately known as EGCG, helps fights against inflammation, acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.
- Lowers the risk of cancer, prevent chronic disease, increase energy and stimulate cognitive activity.
- Protects the immune system, aids weight loss and reduce blood pressure.
You may experience symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea if you’re drinking too much Sencha tea, due to the effects of caffeine. Limit your intake to no more than 1-2 cups per day if possible. Other than that, there’s no reason not to enjoy this wonderful green tea in moderation. Enjoy, drink tea, and stay calm.
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