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Benifuuki: The Best Green Tea For Allergies
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Benifuuki: The Best Green Tea For Allergies

The variety and amount of green tea matter!
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Gail Ingram, a primary care practitioner, explains why benifuuki green tea for allergies is the best (and probably the only) variety that works.


I need to clear up this business about green tea and seasonal allergies.  Some people (and by some people I mean people on my Facebook feed, not medical professionals) highly recommend green tea while others claim that it hasn’t work for them.  Both are right but for different reasons.

Not all green tea is the same and the biggest mistake people make when attempting to treat allergies with green tea is buying the wrong kind.  Unfortunately, the generic green tea at the grocery store won’t cut it.  Yes, all green tea comes from the same plant however, there are variations from different regions, different seed lines, as well as differences in harvesting and processing.  Only benifuuki green tea contains enough of the allergy fighting compounds needed to effectively stop the sniffles.

To learn this, scientists compared 15 different strains of tea and their research showed that benifuuki is the only one that consistently produced allergy fighting compounds in high levels.  This happens in benifuuki because of it’s unique cross-breeding history, hearty leaf composition, and special processing.  Many green tea varieties made from the yabukita strain (the most common), don’t contain any allergy relieving compounds at all.

Benifuuki green tea can be found online or in specialty tea shops.  Be sure to get the green variety, not the black, since the minimal “green” processing is a defining difference.  Once you obtain it, the recommended dose is 3 cups per day to control allergy symptoms.  Be aware that this tea contains caffeine–a stimulant.  It isn’t necessarily a bad thing since allergies cause fatigue for many people, but caffeine can interrupt sleep patterns if not timed correctly. 

So, to be clear, green tea does work for a runny nose, but only a certain variety called benifuuki and only when drinking the right amount.  If this is too complicated, good news!  Flonase is now available over the counter without a prescription for $16.99 at CVS.


 

BONUS NERD INFO:  Benifuuki is rich in O-methylated epigallocatechin-3-O-(3-O-methyl) gallate that inhibits mast cells, IgE activation, histamine release, leukotriene action, and cytokine production.  These compounds are unique variants of the basic catechins found in other green teas.  Unfortunately, the media doesn’t differentiate this when sharing the benefits of green tea for the treatment of allergies.  Nor do your Facebook friends, unless of course, you’re my Facebook friend.

4 Comments

  • Dee says:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080476/ – I have a 3/4 used container of matcha – im not in the field so was wondering if matcha green tea is similar or the same as the Benifuuki. Is this saying a small particle size of black pepper is good too? Thanks for your great site. I came across it with my question of using the rinds of lemons in my lemonade. thanks

    • Gail Ingram NP Gail Ingram NP says:

      Thanks for reading the post, Dee. As for the study you mention, it is only discussing Benifuuki (not Benifuuki compared to other teas). The data shows that pulverized Benifuuki provides more allergy fighting compound than whole leaf teas when ingested by rats. With some foods, the process of being broken down compromises or degrades the compound of interest. This is not the case with Benifukki tea. The pulverized variety provides more allergy-relieving good stuff than whole leaf Benifuuki tea. The researchers only mention matcha in the discussion section of the paper for just that–discussion. Matcha doesn’t have the same properties as Benifuuki and we don’t know what happens when it is pulverized compared to whole. Black pepper is also mentioned in the discussion section, and like matcha, has nothing to do with the study other than to compare size. The take home message is that if you are going to buy Benifuuki tea, buy the pulverized kind. You’ll get the most bang for your buck. Also note, matcha won’t come close to the effectiveness of any Benifuuki variety for allergies. Each study done on the effectiveness of green tea must be looked at in full-text to determine which variety of green tea is being used. Folks think all green tea is the same but certain strains have very specific uses and are superior to others. Again, Dee, thanks for your comment. It brings to light an interesting detail.

  • Shizza Asrar says:

    What a fun read Gail! I had the same question about Matcha tea that you have answered. There is so much talk about Matcha these days and I got my husband hooked on it as well. He was an avid coffee drinker, since he started having Matcha his need for coffee has diminished.
    I’ve always had a soft corner for green tea mainly because of my dad, who is a doctor and keeps telling us the benefits of having green tea with just a little bit of ginger and lemon. I had no idea about Benifuuki, I’m sure going to get this now.
    Thank you for the information.
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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