Matcha Health Benefits
Nuovo Tea is always recommending Matcha Green Tea to our customers. Why? Because we want to share Matcha’s amazing health benefits!
Here is some need-to-know information about Matcha:
Matcha is green tea, on steroids! Green tea is widely recommended for its amazing health benefits. It is well-known that all loose-leaf tea (from the camellia sinensis plant), and in particular white tea and green tea, contain many incredible antioxidants (catechins, EGCG, and polyphenols) that prevent cell damage from free radicals.
Matcha is the highest in antioxidants of any tea. As a matter of fact, one serving of matcha has a dramatically higher ORAC value (antioxidant value) than many foods touted for their antioxidant benefit including blueberries, broccoli, pomegranate, goji berries, acai, chocolate, spinach, and walnuts.
ANTIOXIDANTS – Why do we need them?
Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents! They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease. The more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease!
The best Matcha is made from pure, stoneground Japanese Tencha leaves. Tencha, which means “Tea from Heaven”, is grown in a very special way. The plant is shade-grown – it is covered for a period of about 4 weeks. The leaves are then hand-picked, dried, an ground into the fine powder of matcha with a granite stone. This unusual process allows for smaller, nutrient dense leaves to grow and greatly increases the chlorophyll content, making the leaves bright, rich green color. These specially grown tea leaves provide the tea’s powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.
Note: You need to consume the actual powder (1 tsp. Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha, preferably prepared with a matcha bowl and whisk, not a tea bag) to get the full health benefits.
BENEFITS of MATCHA:
Boosts immunity, fights disease and infection in our bodies (bacteria, viruses)
Inhibits cancer growth
Detoxifies the body
Inhibits the aging process
Helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure
Boosts the metabolism and helps reduce abdominal fat/Great for weight loss or management
Decreases anxiety and stress in the body
Promotes healthy bones
Improves heart health
Promotes brain health (memory and concentration)
Promotes liver health
Boosts oral health – Anti-oral bacteria
Did you know?
One serving (1 tsp) of Matcha is equal to drinking 10 cups of brewed green tea, and, therefore, has 137 times the antioxidants available to our body.
Whereas 1 serving of Matcha contains about 30 – 70 % as much caffeine as 1 cup of coffee, Matcha gives you clean focused energy without the jitteriness, nervousness or crash that coffee caffeine gives you. This is because Matcha contains high amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid (a protein), that helps reduce the stress hormone (cortisol) in our bodies, calms the nervous system, and increases focus. L-Theanine works together with the tea caffeine to give a calm, focused, clean energy.
It is recommended to drink two 1-2 servings of Matcha each day to get sustained health benefits. 3-4 times a day if you are trying to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, or help control your blood sugar.
So, Why Not Drink Matcha?
Traditional Matcha Recipe
1 tsp. (or more or less to taste)
Steaming Water (170-190 max)
- Prepare the matcha bowl. Pour a few ounces steaming into matcha bowl. Swirl water with Matcha whisk. (wetting the whisk helps keep it healthy). Discard this water. Dry the bowl.
- With your matcha spoon, scoop about a 1 tsp of matcha powder into your matcha bowl.
- Pour 2-3 oz. of steaming water into the bowl (to the side of powder).
- Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag fashion for 20-30seconds.
- Enjoy your Matcha! You can add sweetener or make into a matcha latte if you prefer!
Note: You can add ½ tsp. honey or healthy sweetener to taste. Try making a Matcha latte by adding 2-4 ounces of steamed or cold (for iced latte) non-dairy milk.