Many people drink green tea for its health benefits. Of course, this beverage is highly praised for a great amount of antioxidants and has been studied for a number of potential healing properties, which could be used in treatment of many health problems and diseases, including cancer.
As well as other green teas, Matcha Tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. However, it is not an ordinary type of green tea. Due to its unique characteristics resulting from special growing and production methods, it certainly stands out among the others and you should consider adding it into your diet.
The word matcha means literally “powdered tea”. When you drink Matcha Tea, you are ingesting ground whole tea leaves, which are deveined and destemmed, with all the nutrients included. The nutritional content stays very high, because the production method is very gentle. The leaves are finer, pleasant-tasting and containing unusual high amount of chlorophyll. This is the result of the process of shading the tea plants several weeks before harvest.
Because of that Matcha Tea is very rich in antioxidants. The 2003 study, conducted by professor David Weiss from the University of Colorado, shows that matcha in general contains up to 137 times higher concentration of EGCG in comparison to regular green teas sold in supermarkets. EGCG(epigallocatechin gallate) belongs to the most powerful group of antioxidants and has been studied extensively for its potential to lower the risk of cancer and other diseases as well as for its effects on fat metabolism.
Another study, conducted at the Japanese University of Toyama in 2009, used matcha in the treatment of rats with type 2 diabetes. The levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and “bad” blood fats decreased significantly.
Although Matcha Tea contains a lot of health promoting substances, there is also caffeine in its composition and that is why you should be aware of recommended daily values.
In recent years, the popularity of matcha has been growing all over the world. And we should be lucky for that. Originally matcha had been a favourite beverage only in buddhist monasteries, Samurai society, royalty and Japanese upper class until it has became a symbol of traditional Japanese tea ceremony, also called Chado or the Way of Tea. And now, you as well can enjoy this precious tea, whenever and wherever you like. Matcha Tea can be prepared very easily, either hot or cold. Its taste is very smooth, mildly sweet, yet rather stronger when compared to regular green tea. You can also make Matcha Tea latte, shakes, cocktails and even use Matcha Tea as a cooking ingredient to add colour and flavor to your recipes.
There are a lot of preparation ideas on our website, as well as informations about different Matcha Tea grades and many other interesting articles.