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抹茶は二日酔いの薬?

鎌倉幕府の三代将軍・源実朝には、二日酔いで苦しんでいた時、栄西禅師からすすめられた抹茶で回復したという記録があります。実際、お茶に含まれるビタミンCには、二日酔いの原因であるアセトアルデヒドを分解する作用があります。同じくお茶に含まれるカフェインも、利尿作用によってアセトアルデヒドの排出を助け、さらに脳の活動を正常化させてくれます。現在でも二日酔いの時に、緑茶を飲むのは有効のようです。

Is Powdered Green Tea a Medicine for Hangovers?

When the third shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, Minamoto Sanetomo (1192 – 1219, r. 1203–1219) suffered a hangover, he was served a cup of green tea by the famous Zen priest Eisai (also known as Yōsai). This is reported in the Japanese historical chronicle Azumakagami or “Mirror of the East“.

One of the constituents of green tea is vitamin C which helps break down acetaldehyde, which is the cause of hangovers. Another constituent, caffeine, has a diuretic effect that promotes the discharge of acetaldehyde, and it also stimulates the brain.

Even today, drinking green tea is effective for hangovers.

抹茶 / Matcha
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