HEALTH BENEFITS OF
Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than are typically found in green tea.
Studies of matcha and its components have unearthed a variety of benefits, showing that it can help protect the liver, promote heart health and even aid in weight loss.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha Tea is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. It is special in two aspects of farming and processing:
- The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest
- The stems and veins are removed in processing.
During shaded growth, the plant Camellia sinensis produces more theanine and caffeine. The powdered form of matcha is consumed differently from tea leaves or tea bags, and is suspended in a liquid, typically water or milk.
With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution, traditionally by mixing about a teaspoon of matcha powder with one-third of a cup with hot water (heated to less than a boil), which is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it froths.
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Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
- High In Antioxidants
- Protects the Liver
- Boosts Brain Function
- Helps Prevent Cancer
- Protects Your Heart
- Helps You Lose Weight
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, zinc and magnesium
Is Matcha Tea better than loose leaf tea?
Both regular brewed green tea and Matcha contain caffeine, but less than coffee or black tea. Matcha appears to contain more caffeine that regular brewed green tea.
It also appears to contain more EGCG. Studies found that matcha provided 17 mg to 109 mg of EGCG per serving. By comparison, the average brewed green tea provides 25 to 86 mg per serving. In addition, when people brew a cup of green tea, they throw away valuable antioxidants because the water can only extract only a fraction of green teas benefits. On the contrary, Matcha Tea is stoneground tea leaves and provides you largest amount possible of the vitamins and antioxidants of green tea leaves.
What are Matcha Tea benefits?
Matcha contains a concentrated amount of antioxidants, which may reduce cell damage and prevent chronic disease.
Some studies have shown that matcha could prevent liver damage and decrease the risk of liver disease. However, additional studies are needed to look at the effects on humans in the general population.
Matcha has been shown to improve attention, memory and reaction time. It also contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function.
Test-tube and animal studies have found that the compounds in matcha may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Studies show that green tea and matcha can decrease several heart disease risk factors.
Some studies show that green tea extract helps increase metabolism and fat burning, both of which may aid weight loss.
HOW TO MAKE MATCHA TEA
There is nothing like a warm cup of Matcha Green Tea to boost your energy. Did you know that you can make a number of healthy and delicious drinks both hot and cold, using Matcha Green Tea as the base? These drinks can easily replace your favorite special coffee and tea drinks that come from national chains and local coffee shops.
Try these amazing recipes for that special treat you have been looking for.
Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
Matcha 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 Green Tea.
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 on the market.
Are there any side effects of drinking Matcha Tea?
Drinking green tea and matcha are considered healthy and safe, but people sensitive to caffeine should be aware that both contain decent amounts of the stimulant.
How To Choose Matcha Tea
There are different grades of matcha tea and the cultivation of Matcha is really a unique process which leads to its delicate and fresh flavor and preserves its extraordinary nutrients. The best way to see the difference between low grade and high grade is by color. Ceremonial Grade will look more vibrant and deep green in color. Also, higher grade means less bitterness. Lower grades will be more yellow in color and in some cases even brownish. It also depends on the country of origin and whether it is organic. If you want to learn more about matcha tea before purchasing you can check our matcha tea buyer’s guide.
Culinary grade is ideal for using Matcha for baking or in food recipes,
and the Ceremonial and Latte Grade are the best types for drinking.