The Benefits of Matcha
A long standing tradition of Japanese culture, matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea.
Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, the tea leaves are steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. The powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties.
Matcha has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful super foods for the health conscious person.
Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality green tea powder. This premium grade is vibrant green in color, with a very delicate taste and extremely fine texture, made from the youngest tea leaves. Thanks to its bright green color, it can easily be recognized from lower grades of tea powders.
1. High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and dark chocolate.
The first amazing benefit of matcha is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
You may have already heard that not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in matcha. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties.
Scientists have found that matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea.
3. Enhances Calm
For over a millennium, matcha has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means 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 which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”
4. Boosts Memory and Concentration
Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank matcha before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients.
The increased endurance from a bowl of matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s clean energy.
6. Burns Calories
Drinking matcha has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Unlike many diet aids currently on the market, matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
7. Detoxifies the Body
During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into matcha, Camellia sinensis leaves are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in these leaves, giving this tea its beautiful, vibrant green color. Matcha is a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
8. Fortifies the Immune System
The catechins in matcha green tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of matcha provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
9. Improves Cholesterol
Researchers aren’t entirely certain how matcha has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have show that people who drink matcha on a regular ms have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Men who drink matcha are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t