Much to Know About Matcha

By EverythingForTea.com

Matcha is a specialty green tea product that has been heralded for its powerful health benefits and unique flavor. There are many interesting recipes incorporating this premium product.

Matcha is the green tea powder that has been used in the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries. It is produced in Japan with special processing that includes covering the tea plants with tarps or bamboo screens in the spring before harvest. This reduces the amount of sunlight reaching the plants and thereby increases chlorophyll production, resulting in darker green leaves. The leaves are further processed and ground with a stone mill to a fine powder.

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A serving of matcha green tea packs a powerhouse of health benefits, equivalent to almost 10 cups of green tea. It is rich in antioxidants, especially the group called catechins that have been studied and found to provide cancer-protective properties. Of the catechins, up to 60% are epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG, a potent antioxidant that counteracts free radicals that can cause cell and DNA damage.

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Matcha also contains the amino acid L-theanine, uniquely found in tea and known to promote a state of calmness and clarity of mind. A cup of matcha has as much as 5 times more L-theanine than in a cup of green or black tea. Japanese matcha has also been studied for its effect on metabolism and aids in burning up to four times more calories. Almost calorie-free, matcha is also rich in fiber, and provides Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium.

Enjoy an easy-to-make matcha green tea latte, its vibrant green color and rich taste will delight you!

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