Herbal Tea – several Benefits for a Healthier Life

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Whether you want something to warm you up in winter or cool you down in summer, herbal tea can be consumed year-round since it’s a delicious beverage at any temperature. The health benefits can also be enjoyed regardless of whether you drink it hot or cold, but these benefits vary largely by the type of tea you drink.

Herbal teas — unlike standard teas such as green tea, oolong tea, and black tea —are not made from the tea plant known as the Camellia sinensis plant. Instead, herbal teas are derived from a variety of dried flowers, spices, herbs, and fruits. This has led to a huge variety of flavors and options when it comes to choosing teas for taste and health benefits. You’ll find herbal teas from all over the globe including Vietnam.

1. It Can Help You Unwind

Tea is popularly known for its calming effects and has been used for centuries as the focal point of social events and unwinding after a long day. In the modern world, pressure and stress are often dealt with by taking medication, but the side effects of these medicines can be worse than the stress itself.

Instead, think about using herbal tea to relax and rejuvenate. It’s a safer and more natural alternative to prescription medicines and can help with stress and anxiety.

The relaxing properties of teas can also aid in sleep disorders such as insomnia or restless sleep. Cozy tea offers strong, natural sedative properties that can help you get to sleep faster and rest better. Since this tea can be powerful, use it sparingly and never consume it for more than two weeks straight.

Drink This:

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea contains menthol, which is a naturally occurring muscle relaxant. Mint tea can help encourage total body relaxation after a stressful day.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is another favorite that helps soothe and calm. A study by research scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found it could help in treating generalized anxiety disorder. It’s also a popular sleep aid and is the perfect bedtime tea.

2. Tea Boosts Your Immune System

Even people who don’t regularly drink tea know the positive effects tea offers when it comes to immunity. It’s why most of us opt for a piping hot cup of tea when we’re feeling under the weather. Cozy ginger tea has been used to boost the immune system during and after getting cold/flu. The medicinal properties of tea mean you can quit your cold or flu sooner.

3. It Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases

Herbal teas are often high in antioxidants, which work to eliminate free radicals throughout the body and prevent oxidative stress. Tea also contains polyphenols, which studies have shown result in a lower likelihood of cancer. Teas are often used in Asia to combat or prevent chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Studies point to the polyphenols, flavonoids, and tannins that are present in herbal teas as the reasons for positive health benefits. Polyphenols work to widen the arteries, which can lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels and prevent blood clots. Teas such as rooibos and honeybush have antioxidants that have been shown to prevent brain deterioration and prevent osteoporosis.

Drink This: Hibiscus Tea

Polyphenols come from fruits and vegetables so the more color your tea has, the more polyphenols there are. Teas that are unfermented also have higher levels of polyphenols, so opt for those as well. Hibiscus tea is a deep red tea that is high in minerals and Vitamin C. Hibiscus tea has polyphenols that have been shown to help lower LDL cholesterol, prevent heart disease and cancer and fight bacteria such E. coli.

Source https://www.cupandleaf.com/blog

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If ever it was time for drinking tea, it’s now

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Everyone has their own pandemic heartbreak story. Weddings, graduations, and birthday parties — all on hold for now. Even the smallest get-togethers or casual dinners out seem like hazy memories from some other reality, as all current community is one of togetherness in isolation and uncertainty.

My father, who is 85 years old, & yesterday he rode his motorcycle around the small streets in Hanoi where he was born and raised to see for himself his terrifyingly quiet Hanoi.

But then, when he came back home, then posted a few photos on his Facebook page sharing with his friends, drinking a cup of Cozy strawberry tea, the sadness seemed to disappear & throw through his window.

From my grandmother, my father – old Hanoians, I learned how they drank tea to relieve stress while seeking peace in their souls.

In times of crisis, tea can be more than just a restorative drink; the simple preparation and, if possible, sharing of tea are reminders of the peace and normalcy that will return once we make it through. The Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh said: “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing towards the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.”

In that spirit, let’s bring a moment of calm and self-soothing to our current situation. Brew yourself a really good cup of tea, hopefully, with leaves from one of our local purveyors, some of whom are still selling their fine teas to-go, online for pickup, or wholesale at local grocery stores. Take comfort in the process — boil, steep, prepare — and if you’re unsure of any steps, learn and practice them. Then breathe in and focus on the slow, simple, ancient pleasure of a cup of tea, and reflect with fondness on the separated friends, family, and loved ones around the world taking solace in the same. If ever it was time for tea, it’s now.

Source:

http://www.wildfeatherswellness.com/

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/

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Specialty Tea Sees Triple-Digit Increases In E-Commerce Sales During Coronavirus

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E-commerce is growing as never before for tea since the onset of shelter-in-place in the U.S. “We have seen a huge spike in home tea consumption via grocery and online outlets. Our customers with a well-established online presence are doing exceedingly well,” says Mo Sardella, director of marketing at the GS Haly Tea Company. Sardella’s customers saw between a 100% to 300% increase in online sales in April alone. 

Bianca Shah, CEO of International Tea Importers, agrees. “We’ve seen that of course brick and mortar location sales are down, but many of our customers’ online sales have shot up as much as 150% from months prior to the start of COVID-19. It’s interesting to see this, at the same time it’s a bit worrisome for those customers who have not, for lack of better words, embraced technology over the years.” 

Brewed tea, a $52 billion global market, is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Specialty and herbal teas had been experiencing strong year-on-year growth in recent years, riding general health trends in the United States. Specialty tea represents 20% of the US market, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Prior to COVID-19, online tea sales were forecasted to be the fastest-growing channel in tea, and the trend has accelerated in recent months. 

“We have experienced a significant uptick in our direct-to-consumer business, as all online businesses have seen in this time of shelter-at-home,” says Maria Uspenski, CEO of The Tea Spot. “On top of that, I do think the tea and wellness industries have experienced an additional increase due to the fact that tea is a relatively affordable beverage that both supports health and promotes calm, which are things we are all craving at this time. On this note, we have seen a disproportionate increase in green tea sales, anti-viral pu’erh teas, and functional herbal teas, such as teas to promote good sleep.” 

As the velocity of e-commerce sales increases during shelter-in-place, much remains to be seen. Some in the tea industry wonder if this is just a short term bump in specialty tea sales, with consumers downgrading to commodity grade tea if the crisis continues. 

“People are spending now, while stimulus and unemployment checks are still coming in, but what awaits us in the fall and for holiday 2020 can’t possibly be pretty. The saving grace of being in the tea industry is that we have a product that’s perceived as healthy, immune-boosting, stress-relieving, and is still very affordable per serving, even at the premium end,” Uspenski tells me. “Even with the silver lining of being in a somewhat recession-proof niche, it’s very difficult to forecast which formats and types of teas to produce.”

Online retail was up 68% in April year-over-year 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. If specialty tea purveyors can succeed in capturing a new audience, or their existing consumers in a deeper way, perhaps the tea industry will experience the renaissance of third-wave coffee.

Sardella hopes so. “I have been really impressed by how adaptive a lot of the tea industry is. Many of my customers have been able to create online infrastructures, and quickly. There is also an opportunity for a conversation to really take hold for consumers with a more captive audience. I am optimistic, which is hard to say in times of distress. The tea industry has always struggled with identity, between commodity and specialty tea. This is an opportunity for tea people to understand what their purpose is. We have a good opportunity to rebuild.”https://www.forbes.com/

E-commerce is growing as never before for tea since the onset of shelter-in-place in the U.S. “We have seen a huge spike in home tea consumption via grocery and online outlets. Our customers with a well-established online presence are doing exceedingly well,” says Mo Sardella, director of marketing at the GS Haly Tea Company. Sardella’s customers saw between a 100% to 300% increase in online sales in April alone. 

Bianca Shah, CEO of International Tea Importers, agrees. “We’ve seen that of course brick and mortar location sales are down, but many of our customers’ online sales have shot up as much as 150% from months prior to the start of COVID-19. It’s interesting to see this, at the same time it’s a bit worrisome for those customers who have not, for lack of better words, embraced technology over the years.” 

Brewed tea, a $52 billion global market, is the second most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Specialty and herbal teas had been experiencing strong year-on-year growth in recent years, riding general health trends in the United States. Specialty tea represents 20% of the US market, according to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Prior to COVID-19, online tea sales were forecasted to be the fastest-growing channel in tea, and the trend has accelerated in recent months. 

“We have experienced a significant uptick in our direct-to-consumer business, as all online businesses have seen in this time of shelter-at-home,” says Maria Uspenski, CEO of The Tea Spot. “On top of that, I do think the tea and wellness industries have experienced an additional increase due to the fact that tea is a relatively affordable beverage that both supports health and promotes calm, which are things we are all craving at this time. On this note, we have seen a disproportionate increase in green tea sales, anti-viral Pu’er teas, and functional herbal teas, such as teas to promote good sleep.” 

As the velocity of e-commerce sales increases during shelter-in-place, much remains to be seen. Some in the tea industry wonder if this is just a short term bump in specialty tea sales, with consumers downgrading to commodity grade tea if the crisis continues. 

“People are spending now, while stimulus and unemployment checks are still coming in, but what awaits us in the fall and for holiday 2020 can’t possibly be pretty. The saving grace of being in the tea industry is that we have a product that’s perceived as healthy, immune-boosting, stress-relieving, and is still very affordable per serving, even at the premium end,” Uspenski tells me. “Even with the silver lining of being in a somewhat recession-proof niche, it’s very difficult to forecast which formats and types of teas to produce.”

Online retail was up 68% in April year-over-year 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. If specialty tea purveyors can succeed in capturing a new audience, or their existing consumers in a deeper way, perhaps the tea industry will experience the renaissance of third-wave coffee.

Sardella hopes so. “I have been really impressed by how adaptive a lot of the tea industry is. Many of my customers have been able to create online infrastructures, and quickly. There is also an opportunity for a conversation to really take hold for consumers with a more captive audience. I am optimistic, which is hard to say in times of distress. The tea industry has always struggled with identity, between commodity and specialty tea. This is an opportunity for tea people to understand what their purpose is. We have a good opportunity to rebuild.”https://www.forbes.com/

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FGC Types of Tea

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BLACK TEA

FGC has hundreds of types of black tea that are graded according to:

+ Origin of plantation: 

High Grown

Low Grown

Tea estates (Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Lam Dong,…)

+ Processing technology: 
Orthodox:

Fresh tea leaves Plucking – Withering – Roll – Fermenting/Oxidation – Drying – Sorting – Storage/Packing

CTC:

Fresh tea leaves Plucking – Withering – Rotorvane  –  Crush/cut – Tear – Curl – Fermenting/Oxidation – Drying – Sorting – Storage/Packing

+ FGC grading system:
Orthodox:

OPA, OP, PEKOE, BOP, FBOP, PS, BPS, Fannings, Dust, etc.

CTC:

BOP, BP, PF, PD.

FGC black teas have made their presence worldwide. The buyers credit us as a trustable supplier for product diversifying, quality, quantity, and price.

TEA BAG

Teabag was discovered by accident in the 1900s and gradually available in grocery stores around the world. Modern life gets busy and teabag fits in perfectly with the desire for make-life-easier products.

FGC has equipped high technology packing machines from the EU, Japan, etc. to bring the most convenient tea products to our consumers under the brand COZY. There are many different shapes and styles of tea bags that we can offer:

  • Single chamber bag
  • Double chamber bag

(With or without an envelope, with or without staple, soft tag, or hard tag)

  • Pod bag
  • Pyramid bag

Above and beyond the types of the bag is, of course, tea taste. A broad variety of worldwide selected teas, as well as other infusions, are available in our tea bags:

  • Pure tea (Green tea, Black tea …)
  • Natural or Artificial Flavored tea (Lotus, Jasmine, Peach, Strawberry, Mint, Apple, Cinnamon, Mango, Litchi, Soursop, …)
  • Herbal tea (Chamomile, Hibiscus, Jiaogulan, Moringa…)

Our experience in packaging and selecting tea materials may be the best solution for you to produce new tea under your own private label and brand.

INSTANT TEA

Instant tea is premix tea powder that can be easily dissolved in water. A cup of good tea can be ready in 1-2 minutes, with no brewing or steeping involved.

FGC Instant Tea can come in various types and flavors. The teas are packed in aluminum/tin packaging for the best preservation in all climates.

Iced tea

Iced tea can be enjoyed hot but it may be the best option if you prefer cold teas. The concentrated tea powder is mixed with natural flavor (peach, lemon, hibiscus, or winter melon…). Adding some water and ice is all you need to do to keep cool and feel refreshed in hot weather.

Matcha

FGC’s factory in Phu Tho province is equipped with a modern matcha processing line from Japan and surrounded by a fresh tea garden. This enables us to process premium matcha – a trendy tea maintaining all the health benefits of green tea.

Matcha Kimono: pure matcha powder packed in zipper tin bag (100gram,…)

Matcha 3in1: the healthy milk tea powder developed by FGC tea masters, packed in a 17-gram bag.

Ginger tea

HotGinger: The Ginger Tea with 100% natural aged ginger is a functional food suitable for all ages, offers health benefits beyond the nutritional value of ginger.

Including but not limited to the above products, FGC can develop teas that are personalized to your needs (new flavor, non-sugar, new herbal powder…).

RTD TEA

RTD (Ready-To-Drink) teas are pre-made, bottled, and served chilled to meet consumers’ desire for convenience.

Fresh tea leaves selected from worldwide and Vietnam’s largest tea plateaus, combined with selective ingredients and UHT, aseptic technology from Europe to ensure the strictest standards of health and safety for consumers, FGC RTD teas would be the best choice for your healthy convenient beverage.

Milk Tea

Cozy Moment is the first RTD milk tea in Vietnam, with two options of Peach flavored Milk Tea and Matcha Milk Tea, packed in Tetra Pak TCP aseptic cardboard box. Tea has become a trend in Vietnam and well-loved by the youth, especially milk tea fanatics.

Fruit Tea

Our fresh tea and fruit combination in RTD box quickly became the trend in 2020 summer, with three options of Cozy Kumquat Honey Tea, Peach Lemongrass Tea, and Litchi Tea. The rich taste of tea, delicious fruit, herbs with dynamic, stylish designs could please even the strict healthy food lovers.

More FGC RTD teas are coming soon and new options keep open to your choices.

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LOTUS LEAF TEA

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Lotus is the national flower of Vietnam. In many cultures, lotus tea is very sacred. All parts of the lotus plant can be used, from leaves and flowers to roots and seeds. The most common uses are for food and natural medicine. Although lotus as an herbal remedy comes in different forms such as oil, tincture, or pills, tea is proven to be the most effective way. Lotus leaf tea is caffeine-free and sugar-free. It can be digested very quickly and that speeds up the beneficial effect on our health.

Lotus leaf tea is made by harvesting the leaves in summertime or autumn. This is done when quality is best, then people will dry them thoroughly in the sun and cut them into slices.

With development of technology, some tea companies have been successfully processed Lotus Leaf powder tea which can improve the bitter taste of lotus leaves and liquor color quality, so that the effective functional components of the lotus leaves can be maintained to the greatest extent.

In order to have the best quality  of Jasmine tea, Future Generation Co. Ltd. invested pilot jasmine flower garden with total area of 2 hectares.

This season, the flowers are blooming, ready for fresh lot of Jasmine Tea.

Lotus leaf tea has many health benefits:

1. Reduce Stress

Every single one of us is leading a very stressful life that can have a big impact on our physical and mental health. Even worse, it may make you gain weight, speed up the aging process and weaken your immune system.

That is why it’s very important to do something to reduce stress as much as possible. Drinking lotus leaf tea regularly can help you with that process because it contains pyridoxine. It’s one of the compounds that can improve your mood, calm you down and make you feel more grounded and connected.

2. Protect from Cardiovascular Disease

Because it contains vitamin C, a lotus leaf tea can also reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Sure, the levels might not reach that of a pill, but every bit helps.

3. Regulate Blood Sugar Levels

This is one of the most important functions. Since lotus leaf tea contains potassium, it can help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels. If you experience symptoms like constant thirst, increased urination, sudden weight loss, fatigue, or low energy levels, your blood pressure might be high.

Lotus leaf tea makes your blood vessels more relaxed thus improving and increasing blood flow and regulating blood sugar levels. So, not only does it make your body calm, but your vessels as well.

4. Improve Blood Circulation

Lotus leaf tea is a great way to improve blood circulation and increase your energy levels. Iron and copper, which are contained in this tea, are very important for the production of red blood cells.

Poor circulation can be very dangerous to one’s health! These symptoms include cold fingers and toes even when it’s hot outside, numbness, lack of energy, dizziness, cramps, and headaches. One can alleviate these symptoms by consuming this tasty beverage.

5. It is high in Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most important and beneficial vitamins for our bodies. It strengthens our immune system, reduces blood pressure, fights the cold and flu, and improves our mood. Lotus leaf tea contains as much as 75% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C.

6. Improve Mental Function

Lotus leaf tea can actually be beneficial to your cognitive function as well. Zinc, a mineral contained in lotus leaf, is shown to pair up with vitamin B6 and improve the function of neurotransmitters.

7. Help Digestion

Lotus tea leaves contain fiber in quantities that are more than average high-fiber foods. It is a direct solution to constipation and has a mild laxative effect.

8. Help with Losing Weight

Drinking lotus leaf tea can help your body effectively dissolve fat! In addition to that, it can prevent fat accumulation in the body.

It’s all due to the vitamins B1, C and caffeine that promote gastric secretion, help digestion and more. In other words, it helps to lose weight. Therefore, drinking lotus leaf tea is a great healthy alternative for weight loss pills.

9. Beneficial for Pregnant Women

Lotus leaf tea is very healthy and beneficial for the female reproductive system since it contains zinc.

Basically, this mineral is very important for the growth of cells during pregnancy. Just be sure to consult with your doctor first!

10. Lowers the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Not a miraculous cure, but why not improve your odd, right? Lotus leaf tea contains minerals which are very important for the prostate gland health and that do prevent damage. It also contains antioxidants that fight free radicals, which are often responsible for disease and cancer.

11. Great for The Skin

Having beautiful and healthy skin is very important to maintain a youthful look. Lotus leaf tea does wonders for your skin and it is a truly amazing natural remedy!

In fact, it hydrates your skin which makes it more elastic and thus less prone to wrinkling and sagging. Brown spots on your skin will start to slowly disappear and your skin will start to glow. The tea is also a known natural remedy for eczema and treats other skin problems.

If you take interest in Lotus Tea or Lotus Leaf Tea Powder, please feel free to contact us.

GINA –

Reference: https://www.airytea.com/blog/lotus-leaf-tea-health-benefits-effects/

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TEA AS FERTILIZER

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Many of us enjoy tea on a daily basis and it is nice to know that our gardens may enjoy “tea” too. Compost tea is like a healthy drink for plants.

Not only can we compost tea in tea bags as fertilizer in the compost bin, but loose leaf teas and compostable tea bags may be dug in around plants. Using tea in compost adds that nitrogen-rich component to the compost, balancing the carbon-rich materials, increase the speed. The brewed liquid concentrates bacteria, fungi, protozoa… into an easily absorbed liquid form.

Items that you need when using tea in compost are:

  • Tea leaves (either loose or in bags)
  • A compost bucket
  • A three tined cultivator

After steeping each successive cup or pot of tea, add the tea grounds to the compost bucket where you keep food waste until ready to place in an outdoor composting area or bin. Then proceed to dump the bucket into the compost area, or if composting in a worm bin, dump the bucket in and cover lightly.

You can also dig the tea bags or loose leaves around plants to utilize the tea bags for plant growth directly around the root system. This use of tea for plant growth will not only nourish the plant as the tea decomposes but aids in moisture retention and weed repression.

Composting tea is a “green” method of disposal and terrific for the health of all your plants, providing organic matter to increase drainage while maintaining moisture, promoting earthworms, increasing oxygen levels, and maintaining soil structure for a more beautiful garden. You can also make good use of your tea bag or tea grounds after brewing or expired tea that you forget to drink.

Green tea garden at Future Generation Co. Ltd. factory using DIY fertilizer from tea.

Gina

Reference: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/composting/ingredients/composting-tea-bags.htm

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7 Simple Steps to Better Tea

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I am asked occasionally if water for tea can be heated in a microwave or a coffeemaker. The plain answer is yes. However, my leading question to the inquirer is, does the use of a microwave add to your sense of ritual?

Lu Yu was the first tea master to address these questions. He didn’t have microwaves or coffee pots to deal with, but he did face a society that needed a bit of guidance in making tea properly.

The crude tea practices he encountered in the eighth century included crushing tea in a mortar and making it into a cake before boiling it together with rice, ginger, salt, orange peel, milk, spices—and sometimes onions! In his celebrated work, Holy Scripture of Tea, he gave instruction on tea preparation that transformed tea making from a utilitarian chore into an honored ritual.

With the tea novice and the spirit of Lu Yu in mind, here are seven simple steps to set you on the right path to making good tea.

  1. Tea kettles and teapots are not the same. This may sound too basic, but I mention it because new tea students often don’t realize they need both utensils. And a microwave does not replace a teakettle! You can control the temperature of water only with a stove-top kettle or an electric kettle.
  2. Coffeemakers are not designed to make tea. Tea takes time to steep, and coffeemakers are unable to perform that task. Be aware that the oils in coffee will contaminate a vessel after one use and forevermore negate the possibility of making good tea in that container.
  3. Collect teapots in various sizes. Don’t restrict your search to just English or traditional Western teapots. Asian iron and clay pots hold heat well and are the pots of choice for making green, oolong, and white teas. Display them throughout your home, and see how many conversations they spark.
  4. Develop a relationship with one or more tea suppliers. Just like parents who want to talk about their children, tea merchants are eager to share the pedigrees of their teas. They yearn to share brewing techniques, water temperatures, and tasting notes with you.
  5. Be sure your tea is fresh. Ask your merchant how long the tea has been shelved. If it has been on the shelf for more than nine months, leave it for someone else. Buy in small quantities, and buy often.
  6. Store your tea at home in an airtight container. Tea is like a sponge. Keep it away from odors, heat, moisture, and light. Don’t store tea in the freezer, and store only green teas in the refrigerator.
  7. Water temperature is key to brewing great tea. When it comes to water temperature, just remember—the blacker the tea, the hotter the water. General guidelines are as follows: white tea 74°, green tea 80°, oolongs 93°, black teas, and herbals 100°. Placing a small amount of hot water in the teapot first to warm it is always good, but be sure to discard that water before adding the tea leaves and the final water.

Tea making should become a ritual for any serious tea student. Like any discipline, it demands consistent practice and attention to detail. When you have mastered these basic steps, tea-making will flow easily from your spirit and infuse you and your guests with serenity.

https://www.teatimemagazine.com/

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

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Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, traditionally consumed in East Asia but has become trendy tea in many countries.

Matcha is loaded with health-promoting compounds like catechin antioxidants, L-theanine, and vitamins. There are various health benefits of Matcha that were proven.  

  1. JITTER-FREE ENERGY

All green tea contains L-theanine but the levels found in matcha are unmatched. This unique amino acid acts as the antagonist to caffeine. It helps to calm your nervous system, so you still get the energy boost but with less of the jitters or shakiness that people commonly associate with drinking lots of caffeine (like coffee).

While most green teas have 4 milligrams of L-theanine per serving, a teaspoon of matcha has 20 milligrams.

  1. SUPPORT HEART HEALTH

Like other green teas, matcha contains powerful antioxidants called catechins. Catechins have been scientifically shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system. 

Matcha is especially high in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is shown to be helpful in supporting healthy arteries. 

Matcha may also help support healthy cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. 

  1. SUPPORT BRAIN HEALTH & MEMORY

Studies have shown that drinking matcha every day for 3 months can support healthy cognitive functioning.

In another study on healthy adults, those who were given matcha demonstrated better performance in reaction time, memory and attention when compared with a group given a placebo.

  1. PROMOTE HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & METABOLISM

Green tea has a long proven history of supporting healthy digestion and metabolism. And matcha green tea is no exception!

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that drinking matcha regularly can result in an increase in the body’s rate of thermogenesis (the rate at which you burn calories) from 8-10% to 35-43%! That same study also showed the possibility of supporting healthy body fat levels by drinking matcha. 

In one study, women drank a cup of matcha before a 30-minute brisk walk. Scientists learned that consuming the matcha led to an increase in how much fat was broken down to be used as energy during the walk. 

  1. SUPPORT HEALTHY STRESS RESPONSE

In one double-blind study, researchers gave participants a drink containing L-theanine or a placebo. Then they measured the participants’ cortisol response after a stress-inducing multitasking test.

Anxiety-prone participants demonstrated a healthier cortisol response after drinking L-theanine. This type of improved stress management has also been experienced by people who aren’t typically high-stressed.

  1. HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse! Based on its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating—a way of measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods—matcha contains 15 times more antioxidants than blueberries!

In a nutshell, antioxidants behave like a cleanup crew, helping to rid the body of harmful free radicals. So, increasing the consumption of green tea antioxidants may offer a range of benefits, from supporting your immune system to support your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. 

With regard to drinking tea, studies have shown that drinking matcha regularly reduced the damage caused by free radicals and enhanced antioxidant activity. 

  1. SUPPORT A POSITIVE MOOD

Another benefit of matcha’s L-theanine is its effect on neurotransmitters. These are the important chemical messenger that delivers information from different parts of the body to the brain.

Certain neurotransmitters influence how you feel. For instance, serotonin helps regulate positive feelings; dopamine gives off a happy, rewarding sensation and GABA can regulate anxiousness.

L-theanine acts as a relaxing agent and increases all three of these critical neurotransmitters to naturally improve moods.

  1. MAY SUPPORT HEALTHY LIVER FUNCTION AND CELL VITALITY

Our bodies are overwhelmed with toxins every day. One of the major organs responsible for filtering out these invaders is the liver. Some studies show that matcha may help protect and support healthy liver function.

One reason for this may be matcha’s high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the chemical responsible for that lovely green color in plants. It has been shown to support cellular cleansing, by helping to remove heavy metals, toxins, and chemicals from the body. 

  1. SUPPORT MENTAL FOCUS

The synergistic effect of matcha’s caffeine and L-theanine is commonly described as “relaxed alertness”. The caffeine helps the brain focus and stay alert while L-theanine helps it relax. This type of energy is ideal if you’re involved in creative work or big-picture strategic thinking.

Fun fact: Samurai warriors drank matcha tea before going into battle because it would energize and help them focus. One of matcha’s earliest uses as an aid to the meditation practice of Japanese monks. Drinking matcha would help them sit alert and calm for hours.

  1. SUPPORT HEALTHY IMMUNE FUNCTION

Matcha’s antioxidants and amino acids might also help support one of the hardest working systems in your body: your immune system!

According to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, L-theanine may support a healthy immune response to infection. And a separate study discovered that L-theanine may support your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.

The EGCg found in matcha may also help promote a healthy inflammation response and protect the body against potentially harmful foreign invaders.

Future Generation Co. Ltd has been developing various types of Matcha tea. Our products can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

Source: https://blog.piquetea.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/

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SHORTAGE OF SUPPLY MADE THE TEA PRICE GOES UP

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According to the Import-Export Department recently, tea prices will be rising up rapidly due to a shortage of tea globally, many tea-producing countries in the world will be affected by floods and social disruptions because of coronavirus.

As information provided by the General Department of Customs, in July 2020, tea exports reached 13.4 thousand tons, worth $ 22.2 million, up 15.1% in volume and decreased in volume. 1.3% in value over the same period in 2019. The average export tea price in July 2020 reached 1,659.3 USD / ton, down 14.3% compared to July 2019.

 Accumulated from the beginning of 2020 to the end of July 2020, tea exports reached 71.3 thousand tons, worth $ 113 million, up 3.2% in volume and 6.1% in value over the same period in 2019. The average export tea price in the first 7 months of 2020 reached the US $ 1,585.2 / ton, down 9.1% over the same period in 2019. In the early 7 months of 2020, Vietnam’s tea exports to some markets decreased such as Pakistan reached 19.4 thousand tons, worth $ 36.7 million, down 10.1% in volume and 15.1% in volume. value over the same period in 2019. The proportion of tea exports to this market downed from 31.1% to 27.1% in the early 7 months of 2020. Next is the Taiwan market. Loan, China, Iraq.

Notably, Vietnam’s tea exports to some markets increased such as Russia reached 8.5 thousand tons, worth 12.9 million USD, up 10.8% in volume and 11.7% in value; Indonesia reached 6.5 thousand tons, worth 5.9 million USD, up 25.4% in volume and 18.1% in value over the same period in 2019 … Tea exported to the Emirate market – The United Arab Emirates increased sharply to 1.3 thousand tons, worth $ 2.1 million, up 216% in volume and 213.7% in value over the same period in 2019.

As published by Business Line, global black tea output in the first half of 2020 decreased by 8.23% over the same period in 2019 (equivalent to a decrease of nearly 75 thousand tons). In particular, black tea output in most major production markets decreased, except for Kenya. Adverse weather, social dislocations, and blockades imposed in many countries due to the Covid-19 epidemic caused a decline in global black tea production. In the first half of 2020, the output of black tea in India reached 348.26 thousand tons, down 26.37% over the same period in 2019; Sri Lanka reached 128.64 thousand tons, down 18.52%; Bangladesh reached 21.81 thousand tons, down 21.97%; Malawi reached 31.17 thousand tons, down 10.17%. While Kenya’s black tea output reached 301.61 thousand tons, an increase of 41.86% over the same period in 2019.

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LOTUS TEA

Tea News

Vietnam Lotus Tea (In Vietnamesetrà senchè sen, or chè ướp hoa sen) is one of the most famous types of tea with the scent of flowers, a unique feature of Vietnamese Tea Culture. High-quality green tea is selected and flavored with the natural scent of Nelumbo Nucifera (from lotus flower). Lotus Tea is considered as Tea for The King.

(Lotus flower lake at Future Generation Co. Ltd. Factory)

There are several methods to make Lotus tea:

  • Stuffing green tea leaves into the flower and leaving them overnight.
  • Pulling the entire stamen from the flower or just their anthers, then either jar them overnight with the tea leaves or bake the tea leaves with them.

These steps can be repeated multiple times to increase the floral scent in the tea leaves. For higher quality tea, one thousand lotus flowers per kilogram of tea are needed to complete this ancient process.

The result is the long curled green tea leaf with a slightly sharp flavor. Lotus tea is typically best brewed for under 2 minutes using cooler brewing temperatures (160 °F/70 °C). It brews a pale green liquor, leaving one’s palate with the floral sweetness of aromatic lotus blossoms. Some fanciers will brew 3-4 times from one set of leaves, depending on personal taste.

Lotus blooming starts at Future Generation Co. Ltd factory this month. Our Tea Masters are collecting the best flowers, ready for new batch of fresh Lotus Tea.

You can taste the Tea served to the Kings with Cozy Lotus Tea. Our products can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

– Gina –  

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_lotus_tea

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