Green tea is said to have many health benefits, but before you start buying just any green tea from your nearest supermarket there are a few things you should know. Matcha tea is probably the most commonly known, but there are so many different kinds of green teas and each comes with its own benefits.
For a few months now I have been drinking Japanese Organic Benifuuki every morning to help me with my hay fever. Benifuuki tea is very resistant to deseases, therefore can be grown without the use of pesticides. It is rich in O-methylated catechins which have anti-allergy and anti-obesity effects. Whereas I can make no judgement on the anti-obesity effects, I can certainly confirm the anti-allergy effect as my hay fever is completely gone on days I drink the tea.
However, when buying Benifuuki there are a few things which are important to know:
1. Black Benifuuki will not have an anti-allergy effect as it is fully fermented
2. The anti-allergy effect is high in fully matured tea leaves picked late in the first cropping season, or in leaves below the third leaf during the second cropping season
3. The tea should be refined, meaning the stems will be removed
4. If you want high quality tea, buy loose leaves or concentrated powder as tea bags commonly contain the waste product (including stems) left over from sorting the higher quality loose leaf teas
5. Try to choose Japanese over Chinese tea, as the Japanese steam the green tea rather than roast it, therefore maintaining many of its health benefits
6. Every tea has a specific preparation method including a maximum brew temperature and time, so make sure you read up on it carefully.
7. Finally, make sure the tea is organic to prevent consuming pesticides.