Sencha green tea is made from the leaves that are directly exposed to sunlight during growing. It is a Japanese green tea, and it is made from the Camellia sinensis leaves. There are many types of Japanese green tea made, with different grades and different parts of the plant being used. Sencha is the 2nd to highest quality of Japanese green tea, and the most common green tea drank in Japan.
Green tea has become popular in the west in recent times and many studies have been carried out on its health properties.
The phyto-chemical that seems to be giving green tea its health properties is the
anti-oxidant, catechin polyphenols. This anti-oxidant is rich in green tea and it has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease.
Green tea is to the Japanese as red wine is to the French. Both contain powerful anti-oxidants, and both have been linked to their nations low statistics of heart disease. It is known to lower cholesterol, prevent cancer, reduce inflammation associated with Crohn's disease. It has been also known to reduce inflammation of the liver in Hepatitis and inflammation of the joints associated with arthritis.
Green tea has also been known to increase metabolism and fat oxidisation, which can aid with weight loss or weight control.