Matcha Tea is a type of green tea in powder form, known for many centuries from Japanese tradition for its antioxidant and booster properties. It is one of the best tea qualities as it is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Traditionally it was used to improve mental concentration and help with meditation. Nowadays, besides an excellent tea, it is also used as a powder in recipes and deserts.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is a type of green tea that is cultivated in a special way. In particular, before harvesting, the bushes are covered with fabrics, resulting in reduced plant growth due to reduced photosynthesis. The shade leads to an increase in the concentration of chlorophyll and as a result they get a dark green color.
The younger and smallest leaves are then hand-picked, which ensure the high quality of the tea. Unlike other teas, Matcha leaves are for a short time steamed, which helps them maintain the flavor and their high nutritional value. Then, they are ground into granite rocks, without any further processing.
As a green tea, matcha is rich in catechins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamins of B complex, vitamin C and a rich source of antioxidant trace elements such as polyphenols, catechins and chlorophyll. It also contains in high concentration the amino acids theanine (L-Theanine) and theophylline (Theophylline) which help in concentration and reduction of mental fatigue.
Actions and properties
Matcha Tea is much more beneficial than green tea, as it offers energy, well-being, concentration and strong antioxidant protection.
Thanks to its rich composition, it contains many antioxidants, polyphenols, epigallocatechin (EGCG) and L-theanine, which help to strengthen immune system and protect body from various pathogens and viruses.
Matsa tea is a valuable source of antioxidants. Studies suggest that the concentration of epigallocatechin (EGCG) is much more higher compared to other green teas. It helps to inactivate free radicals, thus protecting body from oxidative damage and inflammatory diseases.
Thanks to the high concentration of epigallocatechin (EGCG), Matcha tea offers very strong cardiovascular protection. It helps reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the accumulation of lipids in the endothelium, thus protecting against cardiovascular disease.
Spiritual relaxation and concentration
Many studies have shown the benefit of Matcha tea in maintaining tranquility and mental concentration. According to studies, Matcha Tea contains 5 times more the concentration of L-theanine in comparison to green tea. L-theanine is a unique amino acid that has anxiolytic properties while stimulating brain function. In particular, it contributes to calmness and spiritual clarity, acting as a neurotransmitter causing relaxation. In addition, according to studies, it has an anti-stress effect contributing to good psychology and a normal response to stress.
Increasing energy levels
Matsa tea, like other teas, is a source of caffeine. In particular, caffeine is found in the form of theophylline which helps stimulate the brain and increase body’s energy levels. People who have sensitivity to caffeine or sleep problems should be careful with Matcha tea consumption.
Instructions of use
If you have Matcha tea powder then you can use 1 teaspoon in a glass of water. You can also add it to milk, juices, smoothies, and recipes.