What is Matcha?
Matcha is a superfood! It contains the ultimate source of catechins, the main health promoting property in tea.
Matcha is created by harvesting young tea leaves that have been shade grown – this increases the chlorophyll levels and the production of L-Theanine(studies have shown this amino acid has the ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress, as well as boost concentration and alertness).
The leaves are hand-picked, then steamed briefly to stop fermentation and laid out to dry. They are then ground on a granite mill into a fine powder.
One serving of Matcha has up to 137 times the disease-fighting polyphenols named epigallocatechin gallate (better known as EGCG), than one cup of green tea.
When you drink Matcha tea you are consuming the whole leaf which provides tea drinkers with 100% of the available polyphenols and antioxidants praised by health experts. This is compared to other teas where you consume a brew of its leaves.
ONE cup of Matcha tea contains the same health benefits as TEN cups of green tea.
Matcha comes in several grades. Ceremonial grade is made from the youngest, most tender tea leaves and is smooth and fine in texture. This grade tends to be used when you’re planning to drink pure, unadulterated Matcha or a latte.
Culinary grade Matcha is a less expensive and made from comparatively older leaves. It is best for baking, cooking, or making blended drinks where the Matcha flavour is not imperative.
Premium or select Matcha is somewhere in between the two major grades.
As previously mentioned, Matcha contains high levels of L-Theanine, an amino acid found naturally in tea.Research with human volunteers has affirmed that L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation approximately 30–40 minutes after oral ingestion.
Therefore, compared to the caffeine buzz from coffee, Matcha creates an “alert calm” which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
In a nutshell, here are some of the main benefits of Matcha tea:
◆Boosts metabolism and burns calories
◆Detoxifies effectively and naturally
◆Calms the mind and relaxes the body
◆Is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
◆Enhances mood and aids in concentration
◆Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
◆Increased energy and less fatigue.