Matcha or maccha is a bright emerald-green tea powder which is finely grounded. For over 900 years this natural organic green tea has been the heart of the famous Japanese tea ceremony. The matcha tea has been honored as “ health elixir “ by the Buddhist monks, because of it enhance the metabolism and its potential to heighten the concentration. Matcha was used as a drug for curing various ailments in the 9th century in China. At the end of the 12th century was realized the true potential by Zen Buddhist monks from Japan.
To ensure the selection of the youngest and smallest leaves for the finest quality tea, the harvesting of matcha is done by hand. The leaves used for matcha are briefly steamed to protect them from oxidation and to preserve its flavor and nutritional content, unlike the other green tea.
Recently matcha has been gaining recognition in the western world, attributing to its remarkable therapeutic qualities and its unique flavor , after being prized in Japan for scores of years.
Energy + Calm
Because of the process of shading and harvesting which increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance of caffeine, the matcha tea is unique. The L-Theanine is known to create calmness without drowsiness, even if match may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea.
The high concentration of antioxidants is another benefit to Matcha. Matcha has 137 times more the polyphenols ( notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) ) than the regular green tea. This type of green tea in fact contains 7x the antioxidants of high-quality dark chocolate and over 60x the antioxidants of spinach.
A protective effect against some types of cancer might have these polyphenols by some given evidence.
Decreasing the formation of new fat cells as well increasing the rate of burning stored fat energy has been shown by the EGCG found in high concentration in Matcha. The body’s rate of calorie burning each day and offered additional fat burning benefit during exercise because of the catechins in Matcha has been shown by other studies.
The catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol shown in a study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011. Lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of stroke were associated by regular consumption of green tea shown in Cochrane review from 2013.
It is known that alpha brain waves are been stimulated by the L-Theanine in the green tea. The ability to help increase the focus and concentration are these waves known as.
Increased amount of Chlorophyll is created by the process of shading the Matcha leaves, which may help to eliminate heavy metals and other harmful build-ups , shown by some preliminary research. Many alternative doctors recommend Chlorophull for this purpose even the research is still lacking in this area.
Skin health can be also supported by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging by the same antioxidants that make the green tea protective , including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
In the prevention of cancer attributing to the presence of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which has chemo-preventive properties are assisting Matcha also.
Protection against HIV
In the prevention of HIV , matcha is also efficient because of the presence of epigallocatechin. In protecting the brain of HIV patients can help the consumption of matcha tea, along the other. It is not feasible for the commercially available anti-retroviral drugs although this defensive act attributes to the penetration power of epigallocatechin through the blood brain barriers.
A Word of Caution!
With multi-dimensional benefits is the healthy green tea Matcha. It may trigger allergic reactions in some susceptible individuals because it contains some amount of caffeine. Diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmia, and irritable bowel syndrome may be included by the allergic reactions. Based on the consumed amount , the caffeine can cause also drug interactions. It is advisable to ensure natural vigilance , if you are new to matcha and unaware of its sensitivities while trying it for the first time.
An expert medical opinion would help to better understand its effects especially during special conditions such as pregnancy and lactation would be prior in considering matcha tea for therapeutic purposes.
For preparation of this amazing drink you will need:
- Camellia sinensis leaves (fresh or 2 tablespoons of powdered matcha tea)
- Hot water
- Honey (if you want to improve the taste)
How to consume it:
Drink one cup of tea every morning and every night as for consummation.