Matcha green tea is prized for its rich source of health-promoting antioxidants. In fact, matcha contains more antioxidants than any other variety of green tea. Our ceremonial-grade matcha green tea has a deep earthy flavor with hints of sweetness. Perfect for making tea, or adding to smoothies and more.
4 Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
1) Antioxidant Powerhouse: Matcha green tea powder contains more antioxidants than virtually any other food, including acai berries and pomegranates. It is a uniquely rich source of catechins, a group of antioxidants that protect cells from disruption by free radicals. The oxidative damage caused to normal cells by free radicals has been linked to chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, and degenerative diseases related to aging.
The most prominent catechin found in matcha tea is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an even more potent form of antioxidant than Vitamin C or E. Matcha powder contains a more highly concentrated form of EGCG than its loose leaf tea counterpart.
2) Weight Loss: When it comes to losing weight, matcha green tea can help you in two ways. Firstly, its natural caffeine content promotes thermogenesis, the body’s production of heat, which helps burn more calories. Secondly, the EGCG in matcha green tea improves metabolism and promotes the breakdown of stored fat. One-two punch!
3) Reduces Stress: It also contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid which lowers stress levels but preserves alertness. Matcha green tea contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea. The L-theanine counteracts the caffeine in the tea, making matcha ideal for creating a mental state of relaxed alertness.
4) Detoxifying Properties: Since matcha leaves are grown in the shade and protected from sunlight, matcha boasts the richest source of chlorophyll compared to all other teas. Chlorophyll is a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent that helps rid the body of heavy metals and other toxins. It is also responsible for the powder’s signature verdant color.
How to Make Matcha Green Tea
Using a spoon: To make matcha green tea, simply blend 0.5-1 teaspoon of 100% matcha powder and a small amount of hot water with a spoon to make a smooth paste. Add more water and sweetener as desired.
Using a traditional bamboo whisk: Put 0.5-1 teaspoon of 100% matcha powder in a large cup or drinking bowl and add a small amount of hot water. Whisk in a quick, light zig-zag motion until a layer of green froth appears on the surface. Add more water if desired. 100% matcha powder can be used for thin or thick matcha. The ideal water temperature for 100% matcha green tea is 150-180 degrees Fahrenheit.