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matcha green tea

If you are hearing about Matcha Green Tea for the first time, you should know that you have been missing a lot.

 

Matcha green tea is a unique powdered green tea that is common in Japan. The green leaves are kept under a shade to prevent direct sunlight for a few weeks as they grow thus making the leave have a concentrated green colour due to the increases chlorophyll. Then the leaves are used to make a fine green powder by grinding them with a stone wheel.

 
The green powder can be used in various ways such as in recipes such as making smoothies and baking.

 

Matcha differs from other kinds of teas in that you consume the whole leaf thus you do not have to sieve out the powder. You only need about a half teaspoon to brew traditional tea cup since Matcha is usually more concentrated than other types of tea.

 
Perhaps you may be wondering how the idea of Matcha came about. In the ancient days, green tea was normally powdered then dried into bricks to ease its use. To consume it, you had to break the dried tea bricks into small pieces then stir the pieces in hot water. Dried tea bricks seemed to be convenient since they had a long shelf life and were easy to move around with.

 

The idea of powdered tea was then introduced in Japan in the 1100s by a Japanese monk. The popularity of powdered tea spread very quickly whereby it even became a traditional Chanoyu ceremony. Matcha green tea is now very popular worldwide.

 
The process of making Matcha involves selecting the best tea bushes. The tea bushes are then shaded from direct sunlight for 3 weeks then the leaves are harvested. Harvesting is done by hand to ensure that only the best leaves are picked.

 
Advantages of taking Matcha tea
It is rich in antioxidants. There was research that found out that polyphenols in Matcha tea is 137 times more than that in normal tea. Green tea is estimated to have 60 times the antioxidants available in spinach and 7 time the antioxidants content in dark chocolate.

 
Matcha tea contains epigallocatechin gallate which plays a vital role in boosting body metabolism as well as slowing cells development process thus resulting weight loss.
The other health benefit of matcha tea is the presence of catechins which plays a significant role in lowering LDL cholesterol. There is research that showed that consuming green tea leads to low blood pressure which results in low chances of stroke.

 
Green tea also contains L-Theanine which plays a vital role in stimulating alpha brain waves. The alpha brain waves enhance brain concentration and focus in other words green tea is believed to boost brain power.
Matcha tea is also rich in chlorophyll which is as a result of the shading of tea bushes. Chlorophyll plays a crucial role in enhancing the removal of heavy metals and other toxic materials from the body.

 
Green tea is also known to slow the aging process. The antioxidants such as the epigallocatechin gallate are known to boost the overall health of the skin and also reduce inflammation and free radicals that usually accelerate the aging of the skin.

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