What is Japanese Sencha Tea?
Japanese sencha tea is the most popular Japanese tea. Unlike other countries, Japan produces mostly green tea, with sencha being the top tea. Almost 60% of all tea produced in Japan is sencha and most of it never leaves the country. Sencha is made from cultivated tea bushes of Camellia sinensis var Sinensis. Most of the sencha is still non-organic. The upper leaves and buds are harvested for making sencha, and the lower more mature are usually used for bancha.
What Does Sencha Green Tea Taste Like?
Unlike Chinese teas, almost all Japanese teas are steamed, rather than pan-fired. That’s why they have a fresh, grassy flavour. Sencha green tea can have a range of flavours including grass, sweet, astringent, spinach, kiwi, Brussel sprouts, kale, and even butternut notes. Colour ranges from very light green to yellow and deep and vibrant emerald green. Depending on how you brew it, it can be more or less astringent with a sweet aftertaste and pronounced savoury note.
Benefits of Sencha
Like most types of green tea, sencha tea leaves offer individuals a number of health benefits. Those who are interested in improving their long-term health will notice the relevance between the green tea’s effects and the ceremony involved in its steeping.
To begin, Japanese green tea helps reduce the presence of free radicals in the body. These molecules harm our cells and prematurely age our organs and tissue. The molecules damage our DNA and increase the risk of developing cancer. Antioxidants, which green tea is full of, bind to these free radicals and neutralize them, making this tea an excellent option to help improve overall health.
This tea can also help individuals with their long-term weight-loss goals. The caffeine in Japanese green tea helps boost the metabolism by helping get rid of the free radicals that slow the body down, and the tea itself gives individuals more energy to use for exercising.
Japanese green tea is also ideal for those who want to boost their immune system. The antioxidants in the tea, along with the helping of vitamin C, can be ideal for those who need a little something extra to improve the functionality of their white blood cells. People with colds and flu will experience much shorter symptoms when they enjoy this drink.
Studies have also found that sencha tea can help reduce LDL, which is known as the bad type of cholesterol. Those who have a family history of heart disease should incorporate green tea into their regular routine to help reduce their risks. Everything from blood pressure to sugar irregularities can be helped with sencha green tea.
Studies have also found fluoride content in the sencha plant. This means that individuals who have the drink regularly can improve the health of their teeth and prevent the development of cavities. The tea also helps fight unwanted germs in the mouth, reducing bad breath and stopping the growth of gingivitis.
Does Sencha Green Tea Help with Weight Loss?
Being a green tea with high levels of EGCG, sencha may help you with weight loss goals. Japanese green teas usually contain the highest level of catechins. Although specific teas from other countries may have more catechins, the exact numbers are rarely known. In Japanese sencha, the levels are usually consistent. In fact, Japanese sencha might have more catechins than matcha, but they will never be fully extracted into your cup. This brings into focus powdered sencha tea. You can ground your own tea at home, but make sure it’s fresh, safe and tasty. By drinking powdered tea you are ingesting all nutrients, good or bad. Therefore, knowing your tea is very important.
Green tea will very likely provide most benefits if you are a regular tea drinker and drink 3-5 cups of tea per day. Making exercise a part of your lifestyle is very important if you wish to lose weight, with or without the help of tea. Studies say that green tea might increase the fat-burning rate during moderate exercise. However, scientists still have a long way to go to prove how exactly may green tea actually helps.
How Much Caffeine Is in Sencha Green Tea?
All real teas contain caffeine, even white and oolong. Sencha green tea will usually have around 20-30 mg of caffeine per cup, an average amount for green tea. Depending on other factors such as growing methods, harvesting time and processing, that amount may be lower or higher. For example, younger leaves and buds contain more caffeine than older mature leaves. Roasting can reduce the amount of caffeine in tea and shading will increase it. Therefore, a fresh unroasted green tea made of younger leaves will usually have higher levels of caffeine.
To the first-time drinker Japanese green teas like sencha and gyokuro might give a lot more energy than some other green tea types or flavoured teas. Therefore, we recommend starting with one cup first to see how you will react. Try to avoid sencha right before sleep.