Tea in general contains a high concentration of polyphenols - those magical phytochemicals that help neutralize harmful oxidants that want to damage your cells. Matcha goes one step further because the most nutrient-rich tea leaves and buds are milled into a fine powder and then consumed. You're essentially eating the entire tea leaf so you get 14x the antioxidants of regular green tea. Additionally, the lengthy process of shading the plantation prior to harvest increases the Amino Acid output and chlorophyll in the leaves. This is also what contributes to that incredible bright green colour that authentic Japanese Matcha is known for.
Matcha has been part of the Zen Buddhist practices in Japan for over a thousand years giving birth to the world renowned Tea Ceremony aka "The Way of Tea" or Cha Dao. The Zen monks began consuming Matcha as they found it helped them to relax and maintain a feeling of energized focus during meditation. Today, scientists have proven that the sense of Nirvana can be attributed to L-Theanine, an Amino Acid. L-Theanine helps the brain produce Alpha Waves which are attributed to the feeling of wakeful relaxation. There is no better way to start your day than with Matcha.
During Japanese tea cultivation, the plantation is shaded for up to two weeks before harvest. This process renders the leaves vibrant green and rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is very beneficial to the body as it is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps proper blood clotting and increases circulation. Chlorophyll promotes healthy iron levels, controls body odour as well as hunger. It is widely considered a superfood due to its nutritional and antioxidant properties which help fight free radicals. Additionally, Chlorophyll has been proven to fight toxic metals by assisting in their elimination from the body. Combine daily Matcha consumption with regular exercise and get that blood pumping!!
The polyphenols in Matcha not only have antioxidant properties but also antibiotic properties that promote overall health. The antibiotic properties of Catechins in particular help your immune system to fight harmful invaders. Studies have also proven that Matcha can help people who suffer from immune deficiencies by inhibiting the attacks on T-Cells. Additionally, Matcha contains nutrients and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Protein and Calcium.
Matcha contains a high concentration of Catechins, a polyphenol that aids in increased endurance by converting fat into fuel. Additionally, Matcha has been proven to increase the metabolism and burn fat cells four times faster than average. For these reasons, high quality Matcha can be used as a weight-loss supplement along with proper diet and health-conscious nutrition.
Matcha naturally contains caffeine and L-Theanine both of which help fight anxiety and depression by providing you with energy. Matcha generally contains between 40-50mg of caffeine per serving however, the energy is more attributed to the nutrients and Amino Acids within the tea. Matcha drinkers do not experience any jittery feelings or anxiety but instead find a feeling of elated concentration that can last up to 6 hours. Good, clean energy!
Matcha contains a high concentration of the Amino Acid, L-Theanine. L-Theanine helps the body produce serotonin and dopamine both of which have direct links to enhancing mood, improving memory and promoting concentration.