Everyone is talking about this new superfood. The Japanese however have enjoyed this healthy beverage for centuries. Matcha is a fine powdered tea that is a common feature in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It is said to promote mental alertness together with a calm and meditative state. And now it’s time you got to know it for yourself.
All tea comes from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, a white-flowering evergreen. The different processing of the leaves gives you green, black and oolong teas. As the tea leaves start to oxidize and ferment, they gain distinct flavors and aromas. Matcha isn’t fermented (oxidized) at all, but rather steamed immediately and ground into a powder. This powder is then whisked into hot water to make a tea full of “green” flavor with no bitter taste.
8 Reasons To Add This Tea In Daily Routine
Matcha tea is full of antioxidants of the most powerful type called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG are known for their amazing anti-cancer properties. They look for free radicals and destroy them. Matcha tea contains more than 100 times more of these natural warriors compared to other commercial teas.
Improved immune system
Matcha’s antioxidants act as natural antibiotics and support the immune system. Furthermore, the tea is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, that all contribute to the body’s defense system.
Try a cup of matcha green tea as an afternoon “pick-me-up” anytime you need extra focus. matcha green tea is an ideal substitute for coffee because it provides an energy boost without the headaches1 you might get from a coffee crash.
Matcha is grown in the shade, which is why it is richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for giving leaves their green color. Chlorophyll is purported to detoxify the body1, but this has yet to be scientifically proven. I wanted to mention it because of its supposed ability to clear the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.
The Arthritis Foundation supports the use of Matcha for those fighting various forms of arthritis. Polyphenols found in this tea have strong anti-inflammatory effects which can reduce inflammation and protect cartilage.
Matcha contains an easily digestible, high-quality fiber source which can aid in digestive regularity and can help to control blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
High ORAC value
Oxygen radical absorbence capacity or ORAC is a method of measuring antioxidant capabilities. The ORAC value of matcha tea is one of the highest in the super-food realm, at about 1348 units per gram (or serving).
The catechins in matcha have been shown to lower serum total cholesterol and LDL concentrations in people who make it a part of their regular diet.