Author Archives: Taka

Gargle with green tea to prevent Coronavirus infection. Anti-viral property of Green tea polyphenol, EGCg, helps prevent influenza infection.

As Coronavirus spreads through the nation, many of us are forced to stay at home. While green tea’s anti-viral property is not widely known in the U.S., in Japan many doctors encourage patients to drink and gargle with green tea. If you are already a regular green tea drinker, here is something that might give […]

How can I tell if my green tea has polyphenols, antioxidants, EGCg, flavonoids or catechins?

Sake and Tea Infusion

Green tea is well known for its antioxidants and health benefits, but how can you tell how much antioxidants and polyphenols you are consuming from your cup of green tea? First, let’s define what all these terms are. Polyphenols, antioxidants, EGCg, flavonoids and catechins,. Antioxidants are molecules commonly found in many natural and synthetic sources. […]

Tea and Pesticides part 3: how to avoid heavily sprayed tea

The relationship between wild grown tea plants and pests How modern tea farming amplify the pest and disease problems, What pesticides they use to treat the problems, As a consumer how to avoid heavily sprayed tea There are several ways you can easily reduce your pesticide exposure Buy spring tea – Spring teas are generally less […]

Tea and Pesticides part 2: What pests and disease? Which pesticides are used?

3. What pests and pesticides? The following is a list of typical pests and recommended pesticides in major tea producing area in Japan.  This is just to show tea has lots of pest problems.  Some minor pests are not even mentioned here to keep it simple.  The pesticides are used to prevent pest damage from […]

Tea and Pesticides: how to avoid pesticide exposure from drinking tea

Pests and disease are inseparable parts of tea farming, thus pesticides to prevent and treat the pest and disease problems.  In this series we will look at: The relationship between wild grown tea plants and pests How modern tea farming amplify the pest and disease problems, How and what pesticides they use to treat the […]

What I learned from Masanobu Fukuoka and Natural Farming

Masanobu Fukuoka

Mr Fukuoka’s approach to natural farming is such a noble act in itself. Once many people including myself acquire the knowledge in farming, often they try to implement new ideas by creating more work. I often find myself struggling with a lot of projects because of this. I am sure that he went through a […]