Matcha is a specially grown, high grade green tea that is ground into a fine powder and has been a staple ingredient in Japanese tea ceremonies since the 12th century. Matcha. Like all true teas, matcha comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference between green tea and matcha starts on the farm it’s harvested on. Before harvesting, the leave are covered from direct sunlight. This process slows down the growth and turns the leaves a darker green this increases the chlorophyll but also causes the production of amino acids such as L-theanine.
When you brew green tea leaves the water can only extract a fraction of it’s benefits, meaning that you are throwing away the majority of the antioxidants and minerals that are trapped in the tea leaves. Matcha tea leaves are stone ground, unheated and far less processed than ordinary green tea leaves, this means you are keeping all the goodness in your cup!
Matcha surpasses is superfood peers such as goji berries and pomegranate due to its high antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to stop and prevent the damage caused by free radicals to your body. Free radicals naturally occur in the body but we can also absorb them from our environment. Antioxidants are vital for maintaining our overall health and well-being.
The amino acid L-Theanine present in matcha slows down the release of caffeine and has a calming and relaxing effect. One cup of matcha provides up to 70mg of caffeine but because of the slow release of this energy you will get a much smoother, more energising and longer lasting energy boost than you would from coffee.
Matcha’s has a great ability to gently support weight loss. Studies have shown that consuming green tea increases thermogenesis or the rate that the body burns calories. The researchers concluded that green tea may play a role in the control of body composition because of it’s high catechin polyphenol content and thermogenic properties. Other studies have shown that exercising immediately after consuming green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
The traditional method of consuming matcha involves mixing the powder with hot water. You can make a traditional matcha tea by using a bamboo whisk to mix 1 teaspoon of matcha powder with a small amount of hot water into a paste, then add enough hot water for your preferred consistency. Matcha is now being used in many ways such as matcha lattes, it is used quiet often in baking, we love adding it to smoothies and other foods too! Matcha adds great colour and amazing flavour along side it’s great health benefits!
*Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.
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