Matcha has a wide range of benefits, including
• Enhances mood
• Increases energy levels
• Boosts immune system
• Stimulates metabolism
• Detoxifies the body
• Boosts concentration & focus
• Improves skin
• Lowers cholesterol
• Helps prevent cancer
Matcha is rich in compounds called catechin polyphenols, which are high in antioxidant activity. These clever compounds do many things:
• offer protection against many kinds of cancer
• help prevent cardiovascular disease
• slow the ageing process
• reduce harmful cholesterol
• stabilize blood sugar levels
• help reduce high blood pressure
• enhance the body’s resistance to many toxins
The most important polyphenol is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which increases bodily thermogenesis (fat burning). Matcha contains 137x more ECGC than regular green tea!
Organic matcha green tea contains on average 10x more antioxidants than regular green tea and 17x more than wild blueberries. This can help to reverse cellular damage caused by free radicals, help boost cardiovascular health, increase good cholesterol (HDL) and protect the eyes and skin from premature aging.
Matcha’s high fibre content can improve your digestion and even stabilise blood sugar levels, which means that insulin levels do not rise so much.
Caffeine and Theophylline
Caffeine causes neurotransmitters to release higher levels of catecholamines, which enhance physical and mental energy. It also increases blood delivery and fuels muscles for exercise. Matcha green tea contains a type of caffeine called theophylline. This helps to release energy slowly, avoiding the energy crash that comes after drinking coffee.
Chlorophyll is highly alkaline in nature, meaning it fights off acidity in the body and is a potent detoxifier and anti-oxidant. The high chlorophyll concentrations found in matcha organic green tea help to flush toxins from the body.
Minerals and Nutrients
Matcha provides trace essential minerals & vitamins A, B-complex, C, E & K, magnesium, selenium, zinc and many more!
How Matcha is Produced
Organic matcha green tea uses the entire tealeaf and undergoes much less processing than regular green tea. The tealeaves are shaded to slow down growth several weeks before harvest. This stimulates the plant to produce higher chlorophyll levels and increases production of L-Theanine. Once selected, they are steamed to prevent oxidation, air-dried, de-stemmed and ground into a fine powder.
How to make a regular cup of Matcha Tea
The ritual of making a cup of matcha is mindful, calming, and a great way to start the day. Try experimenting with this basic recipe to create your perfect cup of matcha:
1. Use 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of matcha powder per cup.
2. Add around 50ml of hot water. It is best to use just below boiling so that you don’t burn the powder as this can make it taste quite bitter
3. Whisk into a paste making a W shape with a whisk or a fork. This will help to get rid of any lumps.
4. Once you have a smooth liquid paste you can top up with your hot water and enjoy! You can always add a little sweetness to taste, or milk of choice, if preferred.
If you like it cold:
1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
2. Pour into a cup full of ice
3. Top with filtered water (add milk if you prefer), stir and enjoy!