Matcha tea is an amazing drink. And one that has become part of my daily routine. Not only does it have many diverse health benefits but it also has a great taste.
The benefits include;
- High levels of antioxidants. Being rich in anti oxidants helps to reduce the levels of inflammation in the body as well as protecting against the growth of cancerous cells and repairing oxidative damage. A single cup of matcha tea contains almost 5 times the amount of antioxidants per serving as any other food source. Which leads onto point 2.
- Rich in (ECG) Catechin. This is a specific antioxidant that helps to fight and prevent cancer growth. About 60% of the antioxidants in Matcha tea are Catechin.
- Detoxifies the body. This is all down to how the tea is produced. During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. Causing a large scale increase in chlorophyll production. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea make it a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
- Promotes improved memory. Matcha tea is high in L-Theanine which is involved in the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote enhanced concentration.
- Improves metabolism and energy levels. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy. This is why many Samurai warriors chose to drink this blend of tea before battle.
- Lowers bad cholesterol. Studies show that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of Low density lipoproteins (LDL / bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL / good) cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha. So guys, drink up!
- Fortifies the immune system. The catechins that we mentioned earlier, have been shown to have antibiotic property which promotes overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron and Calcium. Further enhancing its immune boosting effects.
How to make matcha green tea.
It’s Super simple. Boil your kettle and ready your cup. Take about 1/2 a teaspoon of ground matcha tea leaves and add it to your cup. Once the kettle has boiled allow it to sit for 5 minutes before pouring into the cup. You can buy a specific wooden whisk to mix the tea perfectly with the water until the leaves have dissolved and you are left with a frothy green tea. Or you can use your own. Either way make sure to mix it well and…
*Note it is recommended to take this tea without food, best taken 30 minutes after eating and not eating for around 1 hour afterwards to get the most from your cuppa.