If you’re a tea connoisseur, then I’m sure you’ve heard of Gyokuro. If you’re like the rest of us (just your everyday tea drinkers), then you’ll definitely want to learn more about this delicious and very expensive tea.
As one of the finest green teas in the world, Gyokuro is native to Japan, but is now widely available around the world (and it’s obviously for sale on our website!). It is characterized by a distinct shade of green, hence the name ‘Gyokuro which translates to ‘jade dew' in the Japanese language. It’s leaves, which are smaller in size and tender compared to your standard loose leaf varieties, are only harvested during the spring.
Gyokuro tea is famous for is its mellow and sweet taste. If you’re looking for a very special tea to add to your pantry, this is it. But it probably won’t last too long, because you’ll want to drink it all up right away!
Gyokuro is also known for its wide variety of health benefits. Its uses range from being just a simple health tonic to help aid in the treatments of specific health ailments. You should know that Gyokuro is not going to cure any diseases by itself, in fact, you should consult a doctor for any serious health issues before having any of our teas. With that said, Gyokuro, and green tea in general, has been enjoyed by humans for thousands of years. So it might be worth buying a package to try it out for yourself!
Here are a few of the reported health benefits of Gyokuro:
- Get Rid of Toxins
Like all kinds of green tea, Gyokuro has a mixture of natural compounds like flavonoids, proanthocyanidins, and polyphenols. Some of which are powerful antioxidants which can rid our body of environmental toxins, free radicals and metabolic byproducts which can cause damage to our cellular membranes.
Traditional Asian medical practitioners have used Gyokuro tea to heal diabetes, heart issues, and digestive problems. Even modern research has reportedly shown that the tea has many medicinal benefits.
- Increase Concentration
Gyokuro is a shade grown tea, so its leaves tend to have more caffeine than the standard varieties left to dry in full sunlight. And obviously caffeine helps increase your concentration. The concentration from Gyokuro is a more pleasant one though, because it has a high concentration of L-theanine. Caffeine combined with L-theanine produces a calming and maintained level of concentration compared to your standard cup of coffee. Many people actually take L-theanine supplements for anxiety and to feel a general sense of well-being.
There’s something to be said about sipping on a hot cup of green tea that can’t be explained by these things though… when you steep a cup of Gyokuro, it gives you a unique feeling of energy, focus, and even a sense of lightheartedness.
- Burn Fat
Gyokuro tea has a high concentration of EGCGs. These antioxidants speed up your metabolism and burn fat and calories, thus promoting faster consumption of energy. This helps our bodies be able to burn fat quicker and build muscle in more efficient way.
- Reduce Cancer Risk
In addition to burning fat, EGCG also supposedly helps fight several types of cancer, especially breast, pancreas, ovaries, prostate, and bladder cancer. The polyphenols in it help control the growth of cancer cells by reducing the levels of a protein known as cyclin D1. It also blocks the enzymes that help in the maintenance of these cells. Ultimately, this could reduce the fast growth of cancer cells.
- Improve Dental Health
What a lot of people don't know is that Gyokuro helps maintain dental health. Drinking this type of green tea regularly reduces your bad breath, cavities, and gum problems.
Researchers conducting a study on the impact of green tea on oral hygiene have found that consuming green tea often can lower the risk of oral cancer.
- Prevent Diabetes
Consuming Gyokuro on a regular basis helps prevent severe health conditions like diabetes by regulating the levels of blood sugar in the body. The antioxidants improve pancreatic health. This, in turn, helps maintain healthy levels of insulin secretion, thus preventing or helping to control diabetes.
If you are interested in controlling your blood sugar, it might be the right time to start having your daily dose of this delicious brew.
- Reduce Heart Disease Risk
Experts from the University of Maryland say that you could reduce the risk of heart disease. Catechin, a bioflavonoid found in every kind of green tea is said to lower the risks of heart ailments, attacks, and several other heart diseases according to recent studies. Another chemical called polyphenol, blocks cholesterol and also helps in its excretion from the body.
- Boost Brain Performance
It may sound superficial, but this Japanese green tea can have a role in promoting the performance of the brain. This is again, due to the combination of L-theanine along with caffeine. There has been a lot of research over the years, which show the increase in brain functions after consuming tea.
- Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders
Besides boosting the functions of the brain and sharpening memory, Gyokuro also promotes the health of your brain by preventing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, etc. This is again due to the catechin compound which is said to have a positive effect on neurons.
- Promote Weight Loss
It is a known fact that green tea aids in weight loss and Gyokuro is no exception. The thermogenic properties improve metabolism, which in turn helps you lose fat, like mentioned above, which ultimately helps you shed that excess flab on your body.
If you are trying to fit into that fabulous dress that you just saw at the store or just want to lose some extra pounds to get into shape, regularly drinking this green tea might be help you achieve your weight loss goals.
In case you’re still not convinced that Gyokuro is worth its expensive price tag, here are a couple of more reasons:
- Travel Back in Time
Did you know that Gyokuro has been enjoyed for thousands of years? Many tea varieties are thousands of years old, but this one is special, because it is so good for you and it tastes great too! It’s a tea that transports you back in time. To a time when things were quite different. When people would sip a cup with a friend and bond over friendly conversation. The unique thing about Gyokuro is that if you brew some today, you’ll want to enjoy every drop, because it is so pricey. So make sure to set some time aside with a friend or two, have a cup and really enjoy the moment like our ancestors did. This might just make the expensive price per ounce worth it!
- Feel like a King or Queen
When you take a few spoonful’s of this exotic green tea, add it to your teapot, and then pour yourself a cup, you’ll never be the same. After a few sips, you’ll feel a little strange, a little sexier, and most importantly, like you’ve never felt so good after indulging. Seriously! When you spend money on yourself, take the time to be in the moment, and really appreciate everything your life has given you thus far, you’ll feel like royalty.
There’s no doubt about it; Gyokuro is not like any other tea you’ve ever had! If you haven’t clicked over to our product page and bought a pouch of our high quality and organic Gyokuro for yourself yet, then you’re definitely missing out! Why not give it a try and see for yourself what this type of green tea is capable of?