British people love drinking tea, and this has been part of their tradition for a very long time. You are probably familiar of the powerful antioxidant properties of the regular green tea.
However, did you know that Matcha Green Tea is 100 times higher in antioxidants than the regular green tea? Namely, Matcha tea has become quite popular these days thanks to its amazing health benefits and also because of its unique flavor.
The Chinese used this tea in the 10th century. However, this tea originates from Japan, where it is widely cultivated and grown.
The Way It Is Produced and What Makes This Tea Different
Like other tea sorts, Matcha is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, what makes this tea special is the way it is grown, harvested and produced. This provides this tea its unique health properties and it distinctive taste.
The procedure limits the sunshine exposure gradually in order to promote the process of photosynthesis. As a result, the amounts of amino acids and chlorophyll in the leaves increase, giving the leaves dark green color. The leaves which grow in the shade are thin and delicate and they are rich in glutamates which are substances that give the intense and rich aroma. Matcha which is with high quality has sweet taste and it is not bitter at all.
The leaves which are the youngest, finest and most tender are picked and then they need to go through a long process of de-veining and stemming. Then, the leaves are steamed so as to keep the beneficial nutrients and its rich green color. Tencha is the name of the tea leaves at this stage.
The leaves are totally dried with the help of heated blowers. They are put in a fridge before they are ready. The final stage is grinding the tencha. This is done with the help of wheels which are slowly rotating, granite and huge. This is the process of making the fine powder which is known as matcha.
Matcha and Its Health Benefits
Extremely rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the internal organs and the skin from free radicals which cause damage and that can lead to a number of grave diseases.
Moreover, matcha contains catechins, which are a special antioxidants type, and they are known for their anti-cancer properties. In fact, there are 100 times more nutrients in matcha than any other tea.
It promotes feeling of relaxation and calmness
Japanese and Chinese monks have known this property for centuries. They have used it in order to achieve inner peace and high level of consciousness while being mentally alert at the same time. This is achieved with the help of L- Theanine amino acid which promote the alpha waves production in the brain. This stimulates the feeling of inner calmness without the feeling of drowsiness.
Improves focus and memory
L- Theanine amino acid produces dopamine and serotonin, which are two hormones that increase concentration and improve the mood.
Increases endurance and energy
This tea is famous for stimulating energy levels. Samurai, which are ancient Japanese warriors drank it prior to battles. This is because of the caffeine it contains, and the specific mixture of nutrients. It is believed that drinking a cup of Matcha tea can increase the energy levels and the strength for 6 hours.
Promotes Weight Loss
This tea stimulates the metabolism by burning four times more fat than usual, without any negative side-effects.
Eliminates Toxins from the Body
This tea contains chlorophyll in abundance, which provides this tea with its potent detoxifying properties. Consuming Matcha tea will help you eliminate heavy metals and toxins from your system in a natural way.
Promotes the Immune System
The catechins, which are present in this tea have antibiotic properties which are excellent for our health.
Moreover, matcha is rich in Vitamins C and A, potassium, calcium, and protein which improve the health of the cardiovascular system, the eyes, skin and bones.
Reduces the Cholesterol Levels
According to studies, regular consumption of this tea reduces the LDL cholesterol.
Its Taste is Unique
Matcha which is with high quality has a deep, and very specific herbal aroma which is naturally sweet. It can be drunk cold or hot, and you can also add it to your sweets, lattes or cocktails.
When you prepare this tea, leave the boiling water for 5 minutes, and then add the tea. Its taste is amazing when prepared like this.
|NUTRIENT||PER 1G MATCHA|
|Total Amino Acids||34 mg|
|Vitamin C||1.75 mg|
|Vitamin A||291 units|