Hira bancha tea is a special type of Japanese green tea that is brewed with the older and larger tea leaves, after the first or second harvest of the season. This also means that these leaves are considered the lowest grade of tea leaves, resulting in them being quite inexpensive. For that reason, this is an everyday green tea in Japan and is one of the most popular options in that country. Being low in caffeine and high in antioxidant content, this tea is often exported to other tea-drinking nations of the world. Hojicha and Genmaicha are two subtypes of this tea that have become highly sought after for their unique flavor and appearance.
Health Benefits of Hira Bancha Tea:
1- Hira bancha possesses the common green tea properties such as theanine, catechins, flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. (1,3)
2- Hira bancha tea contains antioxidants, including polyphenols. Antioxidants help reduce damage caused by cell-damaging free radicals in your body. (1,4)
3- Hira bancha tea can help optimize the function of many organ systems, including the liver and the heart. Which means it can help lower triglyceride levels, which can consequently lower your risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. (1,5)
4- Hira bancha tea can help with weight loss. It is actually highly recommended in macrobiotic diets. It is nutrients and light and its flavonoid content helps you burn fat faster while you perform your daily activities. (1,3,6)
5- Hira bancha tea antioxidants have the power to rejuvenate your cells by slowing down the oxidation process and preventing damage to your DNA that causes skin ageing. This helps your skin in reducing wrinkles and dark spots.
6- Hira bancha tea is a rich source of assorted minerals, such as selenium, copper, calcium, zinc, fluorine, and manganese. It also contains vitamins, such as vitamin A, B complex and C. (1,3,6)
7- The presence of minerals and fluoride in hira bancha tea will help you fight and prevent mouth inflammations and infections. (3,4)
8- The caffeine content in this bancha tea is very low, so if you are looking for a caffeine alternative, this may be a healthier choice for you. It puts less pressure on your heart than other stimulants, reducing the risk of palpitations. (1,3,4)