Where to Buy Japanese Tea

So what IS the deal with Japanese tea? 

Japanese women holding teaTea is the most commonly consumed beverage in Japan. The most popular type of tea, often referred to as “ocha” in Japanese, is green tea. Green tea refers to the fermentation process, meaning the tea has not been fully oxidized. Green tea has been used in Japanese tea ceremonies as a central element for hundreds of years. Some of the most well known teas in Japan are sencha teas, matcha teas and oolong teas. Sencha teas leaves are infused into hot water to create a green tea beverage. This differs from matcha teas, powdered Japanese green tea, in which case the fine green tea powder is mixed with hot water, thereby including the entire leaf in the process. Oolong tea leaves are partially oxidized, between 10% to 80%, and then steeped to cultivate a flowery to fruity finish. Since all of these Japanese teas are not fully oxidized, they retain their vital color and breathtaking range of flavors. 

Health Benefits of Japanese Tea

Japanese tea may provide robust health benefits when combined with a healthy lifestyle. Polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins, are powerful antioxidants that may play a role in preventing the chances of heart disease, stroke and cancer-causing agents. Essential minerals and vitamin nutrients may boost the immune system, while anti-oxidizing agents, including vitamin E and C, may help reduce signs of aging by promoting youthful skin. Remember that premium Japanese teas will have greater nutrients than poorer varieties of tea. Drinking Japanese teas from pure quality tea leaves is the most natural way to acquire these health benefits. If nothing else, the appreciation of taking the time to make and drink premium oolong tea will uplift the soul, certainly improving health by calming the mind, reducing stress, and heightening feelings of relaxation associated with a positive mood. 

Where to Buy Japanese Tea 

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