Much more than a cup of green tea
Matcha green tea is certainly getting the buzz in the tea drinking world. And for good reason. But, what the heck is it?
For starters, matcha literally means “powdered tea.” Traditional green tea leaves are infused in hot water and then discarded. With matcha, you drink the tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder, made into a solution with the addition of hot water, and whisked until frothy.
Unlike traditional green tea, matcha preparation involves covering the plants with shade cloths before harvest to trigger the growth of leaves with better flavour and texture. The leaves are then handpicked, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, and then dried and aged in cold storage to further deepen the flavour. When ready, the dried leaves are ground into a fine powder.
If you’re not already drinking matcha green tea, you might give in to the power of the tea after reading all about its supernatural health benefits.
Matcha fortifies the immune system
In addition to providing vitamins and minerals, matcha delivers a large dose of antioxidants in every sip. In fact, matcha is packed with more antioxidants than any other superfood. Yes, more than goji berries, açaí berries, blueberries, and spinach!!!
Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents (chemical compounds) that help prevent aging and chronic diseases. The more you have, the better equipped your body is to fight hard against infections and disease. They also help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure.
If that isn’t enough, matcha also contains a unique potent class of antioxidant known as catechins. The catechin Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) provides potent cancer-fighting properties. EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, ultraviolet rays, radiation, and chemicals on the body. Since matcha contains over 60 percent of EGCg catechins, a daily dose can help restore and preserve the body’s well-being.
Match improves the mind
Matcha is good, clean energy that promotes concentration and clarity of mind. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost that drinkers receive from matcha is largely due to an amino acid called L-theanine. While it’s commonly found in green tea leaves, matcha green tea contains up to five times more L-theanine than other green tea.
The psychoactive properties of L-theanine are capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain. Alpha wave activity can relieve stress, promote relaxation, and even lower blood pressure.
The increased endurance from a bowl of matcha can last up to six hours without the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. We can thank the relaxing properties of L-Theanine for that!
Matcha detoxifies the body
Matcha is a powerful detoxifier that is capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body with the help of chlorophyll.
Since it’s grown in the shade, matcha is substantially richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. Chlorophyll is what gives green tea and other plants their vibrant green colour. It’s also a mighty detoxifier that locates toxins in the body and flushes them out.
Chlorophyll is also being studied for its ability to reduce carcinogens. Green truly is the colour of health!
Matcha supports weight loss
Matcha boosts metabolism and burns fat by naturally increasing the body’s own rate of burning calories (thermogenesis). A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that thermogenesis increased from 8-10 percent of daily energy expenditure, to somewhere between 35 and 43 percent of daily energy expenditure with the consumption of matcha green tea.
Since matcha doesn’t put any stress on the body, it’s a safe alternative to drugs and questionable weight loss quick fixes.
Matcha green tea is an easy and delicious way to add powerful health benefits to your diet—everyday. Don’t just take our word for it! Come in and try one of our marvelous Matcha Lattes today.