Matcha is made from shade grown tea leaves to slow down growth, stimulating an increase in chlorophyll levels, turning the leaves a darker shade of green and causing the production of amino acids, in particular theanine.
The leaves are laid out flat to dry, then de-veined, de-stemmed, and stone-ground to the fine, bright green, talc-like powder known as Matcha.
Grinding the leaves is a slow process, because the mill stones must not get too warm which would affect the aroma of the leaves. It can take up to one hour to grind 30 grams of Matcha.
A long list of benefits
Matcha Tea; an excellent source of antioxidants with 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed tea. Drinking just one cup of Matcha is the equivalent of drinking 10 cups of regular brewed green tea.
So what are the benefits of antioxidants? Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. The more you have, the better equipped your body is in fighting infections and disease.
Not only is it packed with antioxidants, it also has the following benefits:
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories:
One recent study suggested that Matcha may help burn calories by four times, from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily expenditure. Matcha does not put any stress on the body, it doesn’t raise blood pressure or heart rate, making it a safe alternative to questionable quick fixes or pharmaceuticals ridden with side effects.
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body:
Over a thousand years ago, Matcha came to Japan as an aid to meditation practice. During long hours of sitting, monks would drink Matcha to remain alert yet calm. Matcha is rich in L- Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well being by acting upon the brain’s functioning. While stress can induce beta waves an excited, more agitated state, L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. While L-Theanine is common in all tea, Matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration:
L-Theanine, a natural component of green tea may help memory and learning ability while inhibiting any possible side-effects from caffeine. Therefore, a bowl of Matcha promotes concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee.
- Provides vitamin D, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar