The Japanese are famous for their long lifespans and lower rates of lifestyle diseases, so when something trends for having amazing health benefits in Japan, it's best for us in the West to listen. The latest health secret is Benifuuki Green tea (a.k.a. benifuki), a delightfully bitter beverage that has incredible, scientifically proven benefits. Benifuuki tea is a cultivar of the tea plant that was cross-bred between the varieties Assamica and Sinensis in 1965 in Makurazaki City, Kagoshima, Japan. It was originally developed as a mellow, aromatic black tea, but scientists soon discovered that harvesting it earlier as a green tea would result in a powerful health beverage.
Here are 5 ways that Benifuuki green tea can improve your health and well-being.
Allergies are a nightmare for sufferers, but Benefuuki green tea is here to help. This tea has the highest concentration of catechins of all green teas. Catechins are a category of polyphenols which gives green teas much of their amazing health benefits. (Read more about Catechines in my other article.)
But Benifuuki green tea is a little different. Specifically, this tea has a high concentration of a special variety of catchin called methylated epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). (Also called methylated catechines)
Japanese scientists at Kyushu University discovered that methylated catechine works in the body to block histamines. By blocking histamines, it alleviates the uncomfortable symptoms of seasonal allergies, hives, and eczema. This is a great tea to have on hand if you or anyone you know suffers from seasonal allergies!
Perhaps the most important organ involved in detoxification from chemicals and heavy metals is the liver. Our livers are very efficient at processing and eliminating toxins. However, our modern diet often overloads the liver, leaving us tired and lethargic. Benifuuki green tea's high concentration of methylated catechins make it a bitter tea - which is a good thing! Bitters are vital for the health of the liver, as bitter flavor kick-starts the production of bile.
Benifuuki provided by Japanese Green Tea IN is less bitter thanks to over a decade of research done by collaboration between Green Tea Farm Arahataen and University of Shizuoka; they were able to reduce bitterness and astringency caused by methylated catechines without reducing the amount of nutrients.
Looking to lose a few extra pounds? According to research by Japanese scientists, Benifuuki green tea was much better at preventing diet-induced lipid disorder in mice fed a high-fat, high-sucrose diet. The study also found that it improves the liver's ability to break down fat, possibly aiding in the prevention of obesity. Benifuuki green tea could help you have more energy and lose weight simply by supporting your body's natural functions!
Japanese people are well known for their youthful, smooth skin. Green tea lovers already know that the antioxidant content in green tea does an amazing job of helping the body repair itself and can even have protective benefits against UV radiation. Benifuuki green tea goes above and beyond in making your skin radiant for two reasons. As a potent anti-allergy beverage, the methylated catechins reduce the same histamines that cause many skin irritations such as eczema and hives.
The result is clearer skin. What's more, when your liver and other organs associated with detoxification such as the spleen and pancreas are supported, you will eliminate the day-to-day toxins of modern life more efficiently, getting rid of them before they have a chance to make your skin look dull and saggy. When your internal organs are healthier, you also have more energy and resources available to repair your skin. So if you want clearer and healthier skin, Benifuuki tea might be the right choice for you!
The Benifuuki tea cultivar has a strong resistance to disease. Tea plants in Japan are subject to a many diseases and pests, which means fungicides and pesticides are often used in tea production. However, the Benifuuki tea plant is highly resistant to many of these diseases compared to other varieties of tea plants. As a result, farmers use less pesticide on them. This means there are substantially less harmful residues from these pesticides in any Benifuuki green tea product. It is also much better for the environment.
Why suffer from seasonal allergies, eczema, lethargy, and high blood pressure when a natural remedy exists? Benifuuki green tea's unusually high concentration of methylated catechines gives it scientifically proven anti-allergy effects, and it has incredible potential to help treat other illnesses by supporting your body's natural detoxifying functions. Take if from the Japanese and give this tea a try next allergy season!
If you are interested in learning more about Benifuuki and how green tea can help with allergies, following are great resources.
History tells us that green tea has been a part of Japan's culture for centuries. Today, green tea is still an important part of Japanese culture. If you were to visit Japan, you would find bottled and canned green tea wherever you went. You would even discover the Japanese love green tea ice cream.
It may surprise you to know that green tea in Japan is quite different from Chinese green tea in many ways. However, it was from China that green tea traveled into Japan.