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Fancy Sencha green tea well I do fancy that?….

Posted by Gaynor Birkhead on

Fancy Sencha green tea well I do fancy that?….

Fancy Sencha that?….

And here at the uklooseleafteacompany, we certainly do. An organic Japanese Sencha green tea, reported to be the most popular in Japan (according to our research) and representing approx 80% of tea produced. The ideal colour for a good Sencha tea is a greenish gold. The flavour can alter with the temperature of the water added, for example; hot water can produce a stronger more astringent flavour whereas a more temperate addition produces a quite mellow taste. Sencha leaves are exposed to sunlight throughout the life cycle, which encourages rapid growth. Sencha is high in vitamin C, it also contains Tannin which gives the unique sharp flavour. An important difference between Japanese green tea and other teas for example; black tea, oolong tea and Chinese green tea is, Japanese tea leaves are steamed after harvest, the process lasts approx 15-20 seconds, the tea is then put through a rolling process preventing the leaves from oxidation, therefore retaining the natural green colour, aroma and nutritional components. Green tea has long been the subject of many scientific and medical studies to determine if reported health benefits are founded. Some evidence reports that regular consumption may reduce the risk of developing heart disease, also certain types of cancer. Green tea has also been a key additive to health foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics. Green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to dispense with a healthy nutritious diet and exercise regime, however, certain natural chemicals contained in the extract has been shown to assist the metabolic rate by approx 4% without increasing the heart rate.

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Superfruit(y) Baobab the health tree

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Superfruit(y) Baobab

This is not a tea, goodness, I hear you gasp! Not a tea from theuklooseleafteacompany; nope; it's a product we discovered on our fact finding mission. We are amazed that only now are we aware of the Baobab fruit tree and it's by-products. Grown in Africa’s poorest countries, the Baobab tree produces a fruit rich in vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium and Iron. The Baobab powder is extremely versatile with a taste reminiscent of strawberry sherbet, it can be added to breakfast cereals (mix it in your porridge) make ice cream with it, or a refreshing smoothie, there are virtually no limits to what you can achieve with this versatile Baobab powder (recipes can be found on-line) and it's GOOD for you. Supporting trade from villagers taking the fruit and leaves to market, boosting the household incomes for families who do not have enough to eat for up to six months every year. We here at theuklooseleafteacompany give the Baobab tree a big thumbs up all round; but don't take our word for it, try it for yourself, I bet you'll love it. Foods rich in vitamin C are a cornerstone of the anti wrinkle diet. Vitamin C, whether derived from foods or dietary supplements, assists the body to form collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that give the skin support and elasticity, the Baobab fruit has also been shown to possess strong antioxidant properties, antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can cause damage at the bodies cellular level, increasing degenerative diseases and other signs of ageing, for example; wrinkles and finelines on the skin. Below is some research we found (not ours,we're not that scientific) into the integral oxidant capacity (IAC) of pulp from more well known fruits compared to the Baobab.

Baobab: 11.11 Kiwifruit: 0.34 Orange: 0.10 Strawberry: 0.91 Apple: 0.16

Adding vitamin C rich foods such as Baobab fruit powder (or fresh Baobab fruits if you can get them, good luck with that one!) to your diet might also enhance your body's fat burning capabilities during a workout – especially if your current diet does not contain enough vitamin C. A team of scientists from Arizona State University discovered that people with low blood concentrations of vitamin C burned 25 percent less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who had adequate levels of vitamin C in their blood. The potential weight loss effects of vitamin C may be linked to the fact that it is needed for the production of carnitine, a compound that encourages your body to turn fat into fuel, rather than to store it as body fat. Who knew? theuklooseleafteacompany now stock this product in 100g bags.

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