Matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea available on the market today. Made from young leaves rich in nutrients, picked up from the end of the plant Camellia sinensis cultivated in the shade, Matcha is steamed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. It is then stored away from light and oxygen to preserve its green color and bright antioxidant properties. This miracle elixir has been consumed for more than a millennium, in the Far East, and is now considered one of the most powerful superfoods on the market today.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is in the form of powder, extracted from green tea leaves harvested at a specific time. This powder was invented from China under the Song Dynasty between 960 and 1279. It was during the twelfth century that green tea was imported to Japan by a Buddhist monk known as Elsa. It becomes very popular to the point of the caffeine powder of choice for the Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha powder is made by grinding the leaves between two stones to keep the flavor but also all its properties for tasting. Today, Matcha is known and appreciated worldwide for its therapeutic properties.
Rich in Antioxidants
We have all come across that word before. Antioxidants are magical nutrients and enzymes involved in the fight against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us youthful skin and preventing us against a number of potentially fatal diseases. The first incredible advantage offered by Matcha is that just a cup of tea provides more than 5 times additional antioxidants than any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) method, which measures the antioxidant capacity of the food.
Loaded with Catechin, EGCG
There are a lot of antioxidants, but one of the most important is a flavonoid / catechins called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), and Matcha is rich in EGCG. Serious scientific studies have indeed shown that the EGCG in Matcha helps the body fight certain cancers by boosting metabolism.
Matcha for a Younger Skin
Matcha effectively fights against signs of fatigue and aging without resorting to surgery or chemicals. Indeed, one of the characteristics the Matcha powdered green tea is the presence of many antioxidants. These are proving to be a very effective Anti-Ageing substances to fight the signs of aging or fatigue. Antioxidants are desirable because they destroy free radicals, which are atoms with unpaired electrons, known to damage DNA and accelerate the aging process. So whether damage caused by the summer sun or those caused by the cold winter, Matcha can be consumed all year round!
Increases energy levels and endurance
Samurai warriors of medieval times and modern Japan drank Matcha green tea before going into battle because of energizing properties of the tea. While most green teas naturally contain caffeine, the boost of the energy received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. Increasing the endurance of a cup of Matcha can last up to 6 hours and this is because of the presence of L-thiamine, which relaxes the body without leading to drowsiness. Unlike coffee with which the stimulating effect is transient and followed by a “descent”, the Matcha increases energy without palpitations and helps maintain a constant state of vitality for eight to ten hours.
Matcha for Weight Loss
A number of studies have shown that green tea improves the metabolism and improves your body’s ability to burn calories (known as thermogenesis). This is a direct result of the high antioxidant content which recommends Matcha for fast weight loss! Matcha has been shown to increase the body’s metabolism rate and help the body burn fat four times faster than any other average green tea. Unlike other green teas in the market, Matcha does not lead to negative side effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
Detoxifies the body
During the last three weeks before the tea leaves are harvested, to be made into Matcha, the plant Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a considerable increase in the production of chlorophyll in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha not only gives this tea its beautiful bright green color but also Matcha is a powerful detoxifier that can naturally remove heavy metals and chemical substances accumulated in the body.
Strengthens the immune system
The Matcha green tea catechins have been shown to possess antibiotic properties that promote overall health. Also, just a cup the Japanese Matcha provides significant amounts of potassium, vitamins A & C, iron, protein, and calcium. Other studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha have the ability to inhibit HIV attacks on human T cells.
For over a millennium, Matcha green tea has been used by Chinese Taoist monks and Japanese Zen Buddhists as a way to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain that induces relaxation without drowsiness caused by other intrinsic “tranquilizers.” L-theanine counteracts the stimulating effects of caffeine and helps reduce stress.
Incredible flavor of Matcha
Drinking something just because it is healthy can be a bit like swallowing medicine. It is unpleasant and you dread, but you feel compelled you to do so. After all, it is good for you … right?
Fortunately, unlike many other teas that require sugar, milk or lemon to make them acceptable to the average consumer, Matcha is absolutely wonderful in itself. It’s clear vegetative ratings are complemented by the delicious taste of the amino acid L-theanine, which make Matcha tea that is truly unique in every sense. So sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious hot bowl of Matcha. In addition to the Matcha benefits already mentioned, it has many other applications. Care creams, soaps, body scrub, and also some cooking recipes such as cake Matcha, Matcha ice or iced tea Matcha.
Few issues associated with Matcha
Although Matcha is a healthy beverage which offers lots of benefits, there are a few issues associated with it. Some of its side effects include:
In addition, if your body does not suit up with the Match tea, you might suffer from allergies.
How to prepare Matcha?
Matcha powder must first be screened before being mixed with hot water. It is preferable to use stainless steel screen to keep all properties. It is possible to use a wooden spatula so that squeeze the contents gently shaking the sieve. You should know that the Matcha has a slightly bitter taste and, therefore, it can be accompanied by some sweets, as in Japan, to appreciate the subtlety. But in Asia, it is preferred without sugar or milk. Finally, the green powder can also be used to make other recipes enhance the flavor of certain foods as a natural flavoring.