Matcha Green Tea is pretty unique because it is only grown in Japan (green tea is grown outside of Japan as well). It is a traditional tea that was consumed by Monks to improve mental clarity.
During Japanese tea ceremonies, participants prepare Matcha green tea in a series of choreographed steps to achieve beauty, tranquility, and enlightenment. Matcha is the only tea used in these ceremonies, which can range from formal to social.
Many people drink green tea for its health benefits or to lose weight; Matcha takes it a step further. Matcha plant is grown in the shade and contains high amounts of chlorophyll which is good for natural detoxification. The leaves are then harvested and ground into a powder.
The tea is special because the powder is mixed into water and not brewed like most teas. This way you get all the health benefits from the leaves and fiber too.
Matcha contains more antioxidants than virtually any other food, including Acai berries and pomegranates. It also contains high levels of L-theanine, an amino acid which lowers stress levels but preserves alertness. The L-theanine counteracts the caffeine in the tea, making Matcha ideal for creating a mental state of relaxed alertness.
Reasons we LOVE this tea:
- a better caffeine high - “better” meaning it doesn't wreak havoc on the body the way coffee does
- More Antioxidants. Matcha is ridiculously full of catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols, especially the mighty epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
- Matcha is better for your teeth than coffee - it thwarts the bacteria that causes plaque, making it a powerful ally for everyday oral hygiene
one cup of Matcha has 10 times the nutritional value of one cup of regular green tea
- high in fiber, which helps you stay full between meals and can help stabilize blood sugars