Green tea the most available super food
Green tea (camellia sinensis), a standard option at almost every café, supermarket or dinner party may just be one of the easiest ways to boost your body’s available antioxidants, reduce risk of oral cancer (attention any smokers out there), aid in immune system microbial resistance (bacterial, fungal and viral infection prevention) and assist in weight management. These are some of the more conservative claims that are emanating from articles released this year from nutritional journals all over the world. This is really not ground breaking research, as tea has been known to be beneficial for centuries, though certainly more evidence to support natural forms of treatment fits in really snug with the Manna Wholefoods concept. Research presented by Oakland Universities School of Biomedicine (USA) has explored the broad spectrum effect of green tea in reducing the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. While these benefits have yet to be tested on human trials, there is now a lead that tea extracts may assist patients in severe microbial infections such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant s. Aureus) (Reygaert, 2014). Meanwhile the World Journal of Clinical Oncology presented a review on the beneficial effects of green tea consumption, bringing together the impact of green tea as having anti-angiogenesis properties, which is the mechanism of halting the production of new blood vessels, particularly relevant to a newly formed tumor which is going to want as much blood as possible. Foods with anti-angiogenesis properties are currently thought of as a tumor preventative, though this characteristic is still undergoing intensive trials. What is truly marvelous about such a food, is that not only is it easy to prepare, gentle on the palate and low in calories but that it is incredibly affordable to opt-organic. Organic Sencha Tea which is the ceremonial grade of green tea costs the consumer about $0.15 per cup (3g of tea @ $50.69 per kilo). So when researchers are comparing the practicality of 3 cups of green tea a day versus blueberries, apples, red wine, goji berries or anything else, one stand-out characteristic is that 3 cups of tea are only going to cost the lay-person less than one dollar per day. While we may not be able to live solely on tea, there is little reason to omit the plant from the pantry, in particular we have been experimenting in the Manna kitchen to incorporate Matcha (considered the most potent source of green tea phytonutrients) and Sencha green tea into our raw chocolate ganaches, cakes and truffles. At Manna we have a wide range of green tea options, different grades and preparations of green tea, from Sencha to Matcha. It is believed that the bio-availability of Matcha’s nutrients is greater though we love using it for desserts and the odd green tea frappe. Kenko Matcha 30g Tin - $39.99 Sencha Green Tea p/kilo - $50.69 Chinese Green Tea p/kilo – $42.99 Pukka Lemon Green Tea/20bags - $7.95 Pukka Green Chai/20bags - $8.60 Clipper Green Tea/25bags - $3.85 **Prices true at time of article release and may be subject to change.