Not your average green tea! Matcha powder has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years, going from something you’d only find in a health food store to something you can now enjoy as a tea, latte or even cake, in your local coffee shop.
Favoured for its health-boosting and detoxifying properties, Matcha, like green tea, comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, unlike green tea, Matcha is largely shade grown to boost chlorophyll production and in turn, increase the plant’s amino acid and antioxidant content.
It also differs from green tea in the way it is brewed. To create a traditional green tea, you steep the tea leaves in hot water. To create a Matcha tea, the leaves are ground into a fine powder and stirred into hot water to deliver 100% of the nutrients.
Now you know the difference between green tea and Matcha powder, let’s move onto the benefits of Matcha green tea.
Antioxidants help stabilise harmful free radicals in the human body that can lead to cell damage and chronic disease. The good news? Matcha powder is packed full of them!
In fact, one study found that the number of catechins (a type of antioxidant) in Matcha is up to 137 times greater than your average green tea. Another study (of mice) also found that Matcha powder reduced free radical damage and increased antioxidant activity.
Give your body a boost of goodness with Mountainlife Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Struggle to concentrate? Suffer with poor memory or delayed reaction times? Studies have shown that Matcha has the ability to improve attention, memory and reaction time.
One way Matcha powder boosts brain function is by delivering a concentrated amount of caffeine to the body. While caffeine has its benefits in improving alertness, it’s usually swiftly followed by an energy crash. Thankfully, Matcha also contains a compound called L-theanine, which supports the benefits of caffeine, while also counteracting the negatives.
L-theanine may also help to increase alpha wave activity in the brain. This activity is said to help calm the body, induce relaxation and lower stress levels.
Drinking Matcha tea may help to improve heart health by reducing the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. What’s more, it can also help to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol - a known cause of heart disease.
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In addition to the likes of Shilajit, Reishi Mushroom Powder and Bee Pollen, Matcha Green Tea Powder is also a fantastic immune-booster. It’s a bit ‘sciencsy’ but basically, the Epigallocatechin gallate (or EGCG for short) binds to cells in the body to inhibit the growth of bad microorganisms like influenza, hepatitis and herpes. It also strengthens the immune and protects the body against bacterial and viral infections.
The antioxidants and catechins in Matcha powder work to deactivate free radicals and slow down signs of ageing.
As well as drinking Matcha powder as a tea, you can also apply it topically to your skin. Mix Mountainlife Matcha powder with water to create a thick paste and apply it as a skin-boosting face mask. Studies have shown Matcha can help to fight acne and reduce symptoms of inflammatory conditions like rosacea.
People suffering with cancer often look to alternative health supplements to help support their treatment. One that is increasing in popularity for its anti-cancer properties is Matcha.
While it’s worth noting that Matcha powder for cancer has only undergone test tube and animal studies, they have shown it contains several compounds that could inhibit the growth of cancer cells. This includes epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a type of catechin that is believed to have powerful anti-cancer properties.
Most weight loss supplements contain some form of green tea, which is used to increase the metabolism and burn calories. Seeing as Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea and has a very similar nutrient profile, you’d be right to assume that it’ll offer the same weight loss benefits.
Take a look at our Matcha recipes below for inspiration on how to include it as part of a healthy, balanced diet.
The easiest way to use Matcha powder is to whisk it with hot water to create a Matcha green tea. Start your day off right with a cup in the morning or at various points in the day to deliver an energy boost or curb a craving.
If Matcha green tea isn’t for you, you could always try blending it in a shake or smoothie. Add 1tsp of Mountainlife Matcha Green Tea Powder to your favourite superfood smoothie for enhanced nutrition.
How to make a Mountainlife matcha latte
Mountainlife Matcha Green Tea is culinary grade, making it ideal for creating Matcha smoothies, lattes and baking recipes. It has a slightly stronger flavour than ceremonial grade Matcha and works out cheaper too.
Spoon the Mountainlife Matcha Green Tea powder into a cup with 1tsp of honey or maple syrup. Add a splash of hot water and mix to create a thick paste.
Next, heat your coconut or oat milk until steaming. Whisk or use a milk frother to create a lovely foamy texture.
Finally, pour over your Matcha Green Tea paste and mix to create a delicious cafe-style Matcha Latte.
Matcha and Marine Phytoplankton Smoothie Recipe
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy your delicious health-boosting green smoothie straight away!
Matcha Green Tea Cake
Create a simple and delicious cake using Mountainlife Matcha Green Tea powder. Take a look at the links below for vegan Matcha cake recipes.
Gretchens Vegan Bakery - Vegan Green Tea Cake
Zardy Plants - Vegan Matcha Pound Cake
Rhians Recipes - Gluten-Free Vegan Matcha & Strawberry Cake
So now you know the difference between green tea and Matcha powder. You’re familiar with Matcha Green tea benefits and you’ve even got some Matcha recipes to inspire you. So all that’s left to discuss is the difference between the grades of Matcha powder available.
A quick search on Google for Matcha powder will offer you both ceremonial and culinary grade Matcha tea. Culinary Matcha Green Tea powder is made from young leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. The stems and veins are removed, before it is ground down to create a dissolvable powder. It is best used in baking recipes, as well as Matcha lattes and smoothies.
Ceremonial Matcha is made from even younger leaves and has a far more delicate taste. It is specifically used to create traditional teas in Ancient Japanese Ceremonies. You will usually find that this grade of Matcha powder is more expensive than culinary and isn’t quite as versatile in its use.
Looking for the best Matcha powder for your Matcha lattes, smoothies and baking? Mountainlife Matcha tea leaves are sustainably sourced from the pristine fields of Uji in Kyoto, Japan. The plants are shade grown to boost their nutritional value and an Ancient Japanese stone grinding method is used to preserve all the goodness inside. We seek to deliver the very best Matcha Green Tea of the highest possible quality.
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