‘Matcha’ (抹茶) has been consumed over a millennium in the Far East (Asia), and is now a popular beverage choice in households, restaurants, café, and stores. It is made from nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, then steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before stone-ground into fine powder. The powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green colour and antioxidant properties. Through its vast usage, experts have researched and theorized that matcha is actually beneficial to human bodies in various ways. Check out some benefits from consuming matcha below:
High in Antioxidants – matcha is known to provide 5 times as many antioxidants than any other food, highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absordance capacity) method. Antioxidants are known to be magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against negative effects of UV radiation. These are what give us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Green tea consists of an antioxidant called ‘catechin’. One specific catechin called EGCg, which is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties, makes up 60% of the catechins in matcha green tea.
Enhances Calmness and Boosts Memory & Concentration – the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make matcha promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers”. Another side effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration!
Fortifies the Immune System and Improves Cholesterol – one bowl of matcha green tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Studies have suggested that the nutrients in matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells. Experiments have also shown that people who drink matcha green tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
(Source: Natural Living Ideas)