Mariko Sparkling Green Tea Ireland

Mariko Green Tea

‘Sugar’ and the health implications associated with its high consumption became an issue worldwide. The spotlight was firmly fixed on the beverage category as one of the main culprits.

Around this time too, green tea was becoming the fastest growing segment in the overall tea market as a result of consumers taking responsibility for their health and becoming more educated in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
In 2011 my journey started to fix this beverage problem and elbow this culprit into a smaller corner of the market. I discovered in my research that consumers wanted a healthy lifestyle, they wanted healthy food and drink, and they wanted to live to see their grandchildren. I also discovered that green tea has a compound called EGCG which is a powerful antioxidant that has many health benefits.

My decision was made when I married the ‘sugar’ problem and the green tea benefits. After three years of research and product development, my small brewing unit produced a refreshing, healthy, delicious and natural alternative to sweet soft drinks.

After a lot of samples and laboratory testing we settled on a very simple effective brewing process;
We steep the premium unprocessed green tea leaves in small batches, leaving them to brew while extracting all the flavours and the powerful antioxidant (EGCG). We add a little sparkle to give it the refreshing functional great tasting mouthfeel.

Listen to the Mariko Sparkling Green Tea Story, voiced by its founder Christine Mc Andrew

Benefits of Green Tea

For centuries green tea has been prized not only for its delicate and exceptionally refreshing taste, but for its role in maintaining good health. As with many other traditional remedies, a great many studies have been conducted around the world to try to assess green tea’s health benefits.

These studies have focused particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease as well as its role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.

Mariko Sparkling Green Tea Ireland

A Powerhouse of Antioxidants

The health benefits of green tea are believed to be due to its high content of antioxidants. Green tea is the best food source of a particular group of antioxidants known as catachins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamins C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.

Green tea’s antioxidants scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Because of green tea’s minimal processing, green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.

“The evidence certainly suggests that incorporating at least a few cups of green tea every day will positively affect your health,” says Diane McKay, PhD, a Tufts University scientist who studies antioxidants. “It’s not going to cure anything and it shouldn’t be consumed as a drug, but it can complement the rest of the diet.”

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