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Health Benefits of Bancha Tea

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author image Linda Tarr Kent
Linda Tarr Kent is a reporter and editor with more than 20 years experience at Gannett Company Inc., The McClatchy Company, Sound Publishing Inc., Mach Publishing, MomFit The Movement and other companies. Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University.
Health Benefits of Bancha Tea
Bancha is a Japanese form of green tea. Photo Credit Kasiam/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Bancha tea is a Japanese green tea that provides antioxidant benefits due to its polyphenols. Antioxidants help reduce damage caused by cell-damaging free radicals in your body. It can be consumed alone, or steeped along with ginger and umbeoshi plum, says Amy Rost, author of “Natural Healing Wisdom and Know How.” Consult a doctor before adding bancha tea to your diet, especially if you are consuming it for health purposes.

Cancer Protection

Health Benefits of Bancha Tea
Bancha tea may slow certain cancers. Photo Credit YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

Bancha tea may slow certain cancers -- or protect you against them, according to the National center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The experts at the National Institutes of Health say it may help prevent esophageal, pancreatic, bladder and ovarian cancers. For example, women may be able to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by 46 percent by drinking 2 or more cups of green tea a day, according to NIH. However, more research is needed because, while laboratory studies look promising, studies involving people have produced mixed results, according to NCCAM.

Reduces Oral Infections

Health Benefits of Bancha Tea
This tea may control common oral infections. Photo Credit elena korolenko/iStock/Getty Images

Bancha tea has properties that may help control common oral infections, including periodontal disease and cavities, says Peter W. Taylor, lead author for a study published in the Food Science and Technology Bulletin. The tea’s green tea polyphenolic catechins, particularly the one called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCg, appears to be responsible for this antimicrobial action, Taylor notes. The experts at University of Maryland Medical center say more studies need to be performed to confirm Taylor’s findings.

Improves Mental Alertness

Health Benefits of Bancha Tea
Bancha tea may improve your alertness. Photo Credit HASLOO/iStock/Getty Images

Bancha tea can improve your mental alertness, according to NCCAM. This is likely due to its caffeine content, according to NIH. People who consume caffeine score higher on the Multiple Sleep Latency Test, which measures alertness, notes A. Zwyghuizen-Doorenbos, lead author for a study published in the journal "Psychopharmacology." Those consuming caffeine also have a higher degree of auditory vigilance.

Other Benefits

Health Benefits of Bancha Tea
Bancha tea may be a possible cure for certain health conditions. Photo Credit Eyecandy Images/Eyecandy Images/Getty Images

Though bancha tea often is touted as a “cure” for a variety of health conditions, the experts at NCCAM say more research is needed to determine whether it can help you lose weight or protect your skin from sun damage. NIH rates green tea as “possibly effective” for reducing risk for Parkinson’s disease, low blood pressure, decreasing blood cholesterol levels and reducing growth abnormal cells in your cervix that are HPV infection, or human papilloma virus.

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