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Six Benefits of Brown Rice Tea (Genmaicha)

Updated: Mar 2, 2022

Genmaicha is a Japanese national daily tea drink, which is made from green tea (sencha) and brown rice (genmai), that has been fried over high heat. Brown rice tea not only maintains the fragrance and nutrition of green tea, but also adds the aroma of fried rice, reduces the cold/grassy properties of green tea, and has a fresh and mellow taste, which greatly reduces the bitterness in the tea leaves, making the tea more fragrant and less harmful to the stomach. Brown rice tea has many benefits. It can help lower blood pressure and lipids, help digestion, whiten and beautify the face, and warm the stomach. It is an excellent drink in the office.

【Health Effects】

  • Has the powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties of green tea

  • Whitening and moisturizing, rich in nutrients, regulating body circulation

Prevention and improvement of lifestyle diseases

The brown rice in the raw material contains γ-oryzanol (γ-Oryzanol), which helps to reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides, prevent cardiovascular diseases, and has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects. Moreover, the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in brown rice can help inhibit the increase of neutral fat and cholesterol, and avoid the risk of arteriosclerosis and diabetes.


The rich vitamin E in brown rice has a strong anti-acidification effect, which can prevent the acidification of cells, and is called "rejuvenating vitamin".


Theanine in brown rice tea can increase alpha waves in the brain, relax the body and mind, relieve stress and fatigue, improve concentration, and stabilize the mind.

▼ How to drink

The tea leaves of brown rice tea have a low concentration of ingredients, and it will not be bitter when brewed at high temperature. Therefore, it is recommended to brew with hotter water, which can bring out the fragrance of brown rice.

1. Put the tea leaves into a small teapot (15gram of tea leaves for 5 people, about 1 tablespoon)

2. Add hot water (hotter hot water can make the aroma more pronounced)

3. Let stand for 20-30 seconds, wait for the tea leaves to brew

4. Pour into the tea cup, pour a little at a time, and take turns back and forth until it is full, so that the taste and aroma of each cup of brown rice tea will be consistent

Can people with digestion problems drink brown rice tea?

Answer: Yes, Chinese medicine generally believes that green tea is cold, and not good for spleen and stomach, and people with digestion problems should not eat it. However, borwn rice tea is rich in grain fiber, which is good for the intestines and stomach! Furthermore, brown rice tea can relax the mind and body, which is good for relieving mental stress!

Are brown rice tea and barley tea the same kind of tea?

A: Genmai tea and barley tea are both Japanese teas, but they are completely different. Genmaicha is a blend of Japanese sencha and brown rice, while barley tea has no tea leaves, just roasted barley.

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