Stories of tea

Constituents of tea currently being reviewed
in the medical area and its effect on health.

The tea is composed of various kinds of constituents having good effect on our health so people have been drinking tea as a kind of medicine from old days. Now we would like you to provide you with various ideas for you to enjoy good taste of tea.

Tea is cultivated mainly in Asian countries but it is raised also in South America and northern part of Africa. You may think that natural leaf tea (green tea) is grown only in Japan, but it is being cultivated also in China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Russia.

As people would associate Shizuoka with tea, Shizuoka is blessed with an environment most suitable for tea cultivation, accounting for 45 percent of the total tea yield in Japan.

Kakegawa city boasts of its No. 1 crude tea yield in Shizuoka prefecture, and compared to other urban communities in Shizuoka prefecture, Kakegawa city is No. 1 in tea yield in Japan. That is, the environment most suitable for growing tea leaves led to the No. 1 tea yield.

Manufactured through various methods, tea has constituents such as caffeine, catechin and vitamins but the natural leaf tea includes the largest amount of constituent parts and it is the reason why people would have natural leaf tea as a natural excellent remedy from old days.

Excellent effect of tea

Attention-getting sterilizing power of "tea catechin"
They say "you can get rid of a food poisoning if you have a meal with tea." Up to now a number of research results have been announced such as tea has an excellent effect against pathogenic bacteria such as dysentery bacteria and vibrio parahaemolyticus that attack intestines and it has strong power to kill cholera bacteria. Also, the tea catechin is recognized in public to have a strong power to kill escherichia coliform bacillus O157 that has become a social problem in recent years. Such tea power is continuing with its leaves being used mixed with fiber of clothing and green tea constituents mixed with home tableware detergent.

Tea has an anti-aging effect surpassing Vitamin E
While Vitamin E has been an object of public attention with results of its research reported that it has anti-aging power to restrain formation of free radical or peroxide lipid in the interior of the body, the spotlight is now on the verification made in recent years that the green tea has an effect 20 times that of Vitamin E. Also it has been certified that the green tea has not only anti-aging effects but also strong inhibitory action against mutation and anti oxidation action.

Tea helps to protect you against cancer
(cancer-restraining effects)

It has been certified scientifically that the catechin that is a major element of tannin (having astringent taste) contained in tea has cancer-restraining effects. Surprising survey results have been reported that a mortality rate from cancer is low in the areas where tea consumption is high.

Getting relaxed having tea !!
High-grade natural leaf tea contains a high proportion of theanine or component of nice taste. Theanine has a power to enhance brain waves or alpha waves applied to determine a degree of getting relaxed, depending on which one’s head could be made clear and concentration heightened. In our modern society subject to various stresses, a cup of tea gives us a time for relaxation.

How to make good tea

Pour hot water into cup about 80% of its capacity (good temperature of the hot water is 70 to 80 degrees) and wait for the water to cool.
* The cup becomes warm while the hot water cools. This is important to have good tea.
Put a tablespoonful of tea (5 to 6g) into a small teapot (full curry spoonful).
* A little bit more tea makes good tea.
Pour the hot water cooled in the cup into the teapot and wait about 30 seconds for tea leaves to open.
* For next serving, you may wait only about 10 seconds since the tea leaves are already open.
Make sure tea is poured into every cup equal in volume and strength to use the hot water to its last drop. (no water shall be left in the teapot)
* Remove the cap of the teapot after first serving to prevent tea leaves from being over steamed.
Now you are ready to have good tea!!


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