Here’s what you need to know about this health wonder beverage
Have you ever tried Matcha tea? It is quite a unique tea experience. The best part is that Matcha is incredibly good for you.
We’re always looking for natural ways to stay healthy and to get the best out of life. Minus all the harsh pollutants and toxins, of course.
Our aim is to support our bodies’ natural ability to take care of
While we search for better ways to eat and be well, we turn our focus to Matcha. If you haven’t heard about it, you’re at the right place as this post gets down to the “leaf” of things.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of tea, processed from the dried, crushed green tea leaves (Camellia Sinensis) and then made into a powder form. Matcha has been around for a very long time, in fact, we can trace its roots back to the 12th Century.
According to legend, there was a monk from Japan, who went to China to pursue his spiritual studies. After several years passed, it was now time for him to go home. On his long journey home, he stumbled across some seeds on the
Naturally packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and the ability to enhance metabolism, matcha tea is a must if you’re looking to benefit from its health properties. The tea is no longer only a favourite brew in China and Japan, but also in Western countries.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
Green tea on its own has many benefits, but when comparing it to
Some research shows that matcha contains cancer-fighting properties, as it is anti-carcinogenic. It may be able to fight cancers such as breast cancer, bladder cancer, prostate, and colon cancer.
Due to its high concentration of catechins, only 1 cup of matcha is equal to 10x cups of regular green tea.
Our bodies are exposed to many toxins on a daily basis and some of these toxins cannot be prevented. However, when you drink matcha, it helps to detox your body from unwanted toxic factors. I
Thanks to its rich catechin and nutrient-packed nature, it also helps the body to increase its metabolism as well as to reduce calories.
- Improves exercise and repairs cell damage
Even athletes can benefit from this Eastern tea because it aids in helping the body to speed up healing. It also helps to improve cell recovery and damage and may reduce illness otherwise caused because of cell damage.
- Assists with focus and concentration
As mentioned before, the monks often use matcha tea in their ceremonies to help improve focus and concentration. If they can vouch for the mental benefits of matcha, then it sure does well to improve focus. Therefore, whether you need to study for an exam, or want more focused during meditation and yoga, then matcha tea will help you.
- Relaxing and calming effects
Just like lavender and chamomile, matcha has the ability to arouse the feelings of being calm and relaxed. This is especially vital if you lead a stressful lifestyle and need to balance the demands of work, family and general tasks. Matcha tea can help soothe anxious feelings and help you to unwind.
- Helps to reduce the chances of heart disease and hypertension
Matcha tea helps to protect the heart from cholesterol causing illnesses because it balances blood sugar levels and reduces calories. It also helps to stabilize blood pressure.
- Nutritious and packed with minerals
Matcha tea is a powerhouse of various minerals and nutrients including but not limited to:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Dietary fibre
- Anti-aging properties
Matcha has strong anti-aging properties because of its rich composition of catechins, which naturally slows down the skin’s ageing properties
Differences between matcha and green tea
Matcha tea much like green tea has similar properties; however, matcha is more concentrated and manufactured differently. Matcha is actually a powdered form of the tea.
Unlike regular green tea, matcha is grown in shade not exposed to the sun. The process of production is also not as long as it is for green tea. Matcha has a smooth-creamy like taste compared to regular green tea.
You can buy regular green tea in stores and it usually comes in a tea bag. It’s made from the same green tea leaves as matcha but undergoes a different manufacturing process.
Regular green tea is exposed to the sun during the process of its preparation. Green tea tastes similar to matcha. The acquired taste of both takes some getting used to if you’re not accustomed to it.
How to prepare a cup of matcha tea
To do this as best and close as possible to the way it’s done in the East since its discovery, here’s what you need:
- A tea bowl
- A bamboo whisk
- High-quality Matcha tea powder
- Hot water
In the tea bowl, place 1 or 2 tsp of matcha powder into the bowl. Then add 400 – 600mL (depending on your preference) boiled water. Using the bamboo whisk, go in a zig-zag pattern until the tea froths. Your matcha tea is ready and you can drink it directly from the tea bowl, or pour it into a teacup.
Use it in other drinks and foods
Matcha doesn’t only have to be enjoyed as a tea, but you can add it to cocktails, milkshakes, smoothies, cupcakes and yoghurts.
How to choose the right matcha tea
There are many matcha powders out there, but not all of them are organic. Some may contain a sweetener, preservatives and other ingredients, so check the ingredients list carefully.
For the best results, rather use pure, organic matcha powder.
Traits of a real matcha tea
- Check the colour – it should be a pure green almost similar to wasabi and not a dull yellow-green
- Taste – real matcha is not bitter, and should taste smooth and almost buttery
- Development of matcha – it’s not matcha if it wasn’t grown in shade for at least 21 days
- Packaging – real matcha isn’t sold as a tea bag, instead, it’s milled into a powder and then packed in a tin or jar
- Finely milled – original matcha is milled until it is an extremely fine powder
If you are on chronic medication or regularly take over-the-counter drugs, it’s best to ask your doctor before incorporating any natural herbs or “medication” into your diet.
For the majority of people, though, adding matcha tea to your balanced diet along with exercise can help your body stay healthy, strong, and full of vitality!
In an age where we’re becoming more and more enlightened about the best health practices and seeking natural ways to heal and repair our bodies, matcha tea comes in handy.
Try matcha tea to improve your immune system, increase your metabolism and promot a happy mood.