Matcha tea explained

Green tea is highly praised for its extraordinary levels of antioxidants. Did you know there is another product available that has even higher levels? This product is called matcha. Matcha powder packs an antioxidant punch that will send free radicals packing!  Ten cups of green tea would need to be consumed to get the benefits provided by one cup of matcha. When enjoying matcha the entire leaf is consumed. This means compounds become available that cannot be accessed by standard brewing procedures.

Matcha originates from China, but the Japanese are accredited with perfecting the recipe. The extreme benefits of matcha have been known for thousands of years.  Matcha is made from only the finest green tea leaves. The leaves for matcha come from the same plant as those used to make standard green teas. It’s the way leaves used for matcha are processed that makes a difference.

To grow matcha, tea bushes nearing maturity are covered to filter the sunlight. During this process some important events take place. The leaves become an incredibly dark shade of green as amino acid and chlorophyll  production is boosted. The plants growth slows and almost stops completely. At harvest time only the most perfect buds are picked from the plants for drying. Once the buds are dried they are ground into an ultra fine powder. This powder is matcha. The matcha can now be mixed with hot water, or milk, and consumed. If you prefer not to drink matcha, recipes can be found for various other goodies.

The term antioxidant is used to identify a vast number of healthy helpers. The antioxidants found in matcha are called catechins. Catechins cannot be found in any other type of food or drink. Wait it gets better! Of the catechins found in matcha 60% are ECG, one of the most powerful and effective cancer attacking antioxidants known to man. ECG is currently being evaluated for use as in breast cancer treatment and prevention.  

Matcha also has many other positive applications. Due to its high amino acid values it is an amazing mood enhancer. It can also be used to increase energy and there is no  afternoon slump. Weight loss benefits have also been observed due to an increase in the rate at which your body consumes energy. You might be expecting a long list of side effects to finish out this article.

Good news, there have been no ill effects reported in medical studies. A typical serving of matcha, ranging from 1 teaspoon-1 tablespoon depending on personal taste, has been said to not have any effect on heart rate.  Matcha does contain caffeine, so don’t consume it as a nightcap. It is more suited for midday sipping, or as a jump start for your day.    

The science is there, matcha is a true super food, or drink if you prefer. So why not trade in your morning cuppa Joe, for a power packed mugga matcha? Your body will love you for it.

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