Matcha Green Tea is an Ancient Japanese Superfood and detoxing drink with a plethora of amazing health benefits. Like Green Tea, Matcha comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, the precise way in which it’s grown and nurtured is what creates its unique and highly nutritious profile. Essentially, farmers grow Matcha by covering their tea plants 30 days before harvest, to prevent exposure to sunlight. This boosts chlorophyll production and in turn, enhances the plant's amino acid and antioxidant content.
While Green Tea is traditionally made by steeping tea leaves in water to create a drink, Matcha is a powder made from ground tea leaves, so by drinking it, you get 100% of the nutrients.
There are two types of Matcha, Culinary grade and Ceremonial grade. Culinary Matcha Green Tea Powder is made from young leaves that have their stems and veins removed. It tends to be used in smoothies, shakes and bakes. Ceremonial Matcha is made from even younger tea leaves and is specifically used in Ancient Japanese Ceremonies.
Matcha Green Tea is packed full of antioxidants, including catechins and polyphenols.
It’s also rich in amino acids and contains a whole host of proteins, lipids, minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and iron), and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K). Pretty impressive, don’t you think?
Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) - A type of catechin that is particularly beneficial for lowering cholesterol and boosting the immune system. It is also believed to have anti-cancer properties.
L-theanine- An essential amino acid believed to boost brain function and lower stress levels.
The tea leaf is native to China and it is believed the first green tea seeds were brought to Japan by the Chinese Zen Monk Eisai in 1191 A.D. It was Eisai who also introduced the ‘Zen philosophy’ to Japan. As part of the practice, green tea leaves were ground with stone into a powder - the Matcha we know and love today.
The Tea Ceremony or ‘Chado’ is an Ancient Japanese practice that highlights the exquisite beauty present in simple things and is designed to bring participants into the here and now. The drinking of Matcha is an integral part of the ceremony as it helps to stimulate the mind and increase mental alertness, while simultaneously promoting a calm and meditative state.
Matcha is rich in catechins and other powerful antioxidants that help to stabilise harmful free radicals, which can lead to cell damage and chronic disease. A study in mice found that Matcha supplements reduced free radical damage and enhanced antioxidant activity.
Research has shown Match Green Tea can help boost brain function by improving attention, reaction time and memory. It contains both caffeine and L-theanine, which can enhance several aspects of brain function.
Matcha Green Tea is packed full of healthy compounds, including epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a type of catechin that is believed to have powerful anti-cancer properties. Test-tube and animal studies have shown potential for Matcha inhibiting the growth of certain cancer cells.
Studies have shown that green tea (which comes from the same plant as Matcha) helps people to detox and lose weight. It is believed to speed up the metabolism to increase energy use and boost fat burning.
The catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate in Matcha Tea can help to reduce bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol, preventing a build-up of fatty acids in the arteries. In turn, this could potentially reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
The EGCg in Matcha binds to cells in the body to inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, such as influenza, hepatitis and the herpes viruses. It fortifies the immune system and protects the body against various bacterial and viral infections.
Ceremonial grade Matcha is pure and strong enough to simply whisk with hot water and drink straight as a traditional tea. Try adding 1-2 tsp to start with. The ratio of Matcha powder to water can be adjusted based on your preferred consistency.
Culinary grade Matcha is best blended with other ingredients. Try adding 1tsp (roughly 4g) to a shake or smoothie for enhanced nutrition. You can also use it in baking or if you’re feeling particularly creative, trying whipping up a Matcha latte!
We provide 100% stone ground Japanese Ceremonial and Culinary grade Matcha Green Tea Powder. Our Matcha tea leaves are ethically and sustainably sourced from the pristine fields of Uji in Kyoto, Japan, where they are shade grown to boost their nutritional value. From there, we use an Ancient Japanese stone grinding method to preserve all of the goodness and deliver Matcha Green Tea of the highest possible quality.
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