In the years prior to my diagnosis, I would often see my mum and sister sipping Kukicha in the afternoon or in the evening after dinner.
" I will stick with my cup of coffee, thank you very much" was my default answer when they asked me if I wanted a cup.
It wasn't that I didn't like it, in fact I had never tried it. I was simply not interested. I was very content with my 5 cups of coffee a day.
It was only after my illness in. June last year that I became a bit more curious about what I was feeding myself and that is when I really "discovered" the kukicha tea.
Kukicha tea is a Japanese green tea and the name comes from kuki = twig as it is made from twigs and stems of the Camellia sinensis. It is also known as three years tea because the stems and branches that are used to make it have been in the tea plant for at least three years, so they have lost virtually all of the caffeine.
Like all green teas, Kukicha has many great health benefits. It is rich in both vitamins and minerals that feed the growth parts of the plant. The minerals found in kukicha include copper, selenium, manganese, calcium, zinc and fluoride. Kukicha contains vitamins A and C and the B-complex vitamins, which are all potent antioxidants.
This amazing tea is believed to help with:
Bone Density (it contains lots of calcium)
Reducing high blood pressure.
people suffering from bladder infection and heart diseases
Reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.
Reducing plaque and bacterial infection
lowering cholesterol levels.
The taste is also surprisingly pleasant! I am not normally a big fan of green teas but I find Kukicha sweeter than the others and perfect at the end of the meals.
So if you have not tried this powerful tea yet, why not giving it a go?