Health Properties of Twig Tea
Kukicha tea benefits are numerous and potentially profound. Its primary impact lies in its alkalizing abilities; kukicha tea helps to alkalize the body's fluids and tissue, thereby balancing acidity levels and preventing disease. Most people have too much acid in their body, caused by a diet rich in acid-forming foods, such as meat, eggs, dairy products, white flour, sugar and artificial sweeteners; and, too few alkaline foods, which include fresh vegetables and most fruits. Even a mild case of acidosis can, over time, manifest in the form of cardiovascular problems, difficulty losing weight, bladder or kidney trouble, a weak immune system, premature aging, joint and bone problems and fatigue. This is because an acidic body has to borrow buffering minerals, such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, from the bones and vital organs. These nutrients are then used to neutralize acid and remove it from the body, but are unable to complete their normal functions. Also, as a response to an overabundance of acid, the body conserves fat in order to trap and protect itself, leading to unnecessary weight gain.
Kukicha twig tea has the strongest alkalizing ability of any Japanese tea. It is also packed with nutrients. A cup of twig tea is a good source of calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese and fluoride. It is also a rich source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and A, flavonoids and the same polyphenols that have made green tea known as a cancer-fighting food, catechins.
Catechins act as powerful antioxidants, minimizing the effect of free radicals before they have a chance to damage other cells. One catechin in particular, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) has twenty-five to one hundred times the antioxidant capability of vitamins C and E, which are the primary water-soluble and fat-soluble antioxidants. Research has shown that EGCG may not only prevent cancer, but also suppress tumor growth, and block enzymes which help to spread cancer within cells. Many have claimed eating a macrobiotic diet, including kukicha twig tea is a cure for some cancers. Although there is no scientific evidence of this, George Ohsawa may be correct - kukicha tea is one of the most balancing beverages, and therefore is an integral part of optimal health.