Matcha is a stone-ground powered green tea which has been consumed for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
Herein lies the popularity of matcha and this explains why the high-quality green tea has become so popular in Western countries.
What are the benefits?
Matcha contains a number of beneficial vitamins and minerals, but more importantly, it contains polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Catechins has almost become a buzz word in the superfood community and is found in herbs and spices such as turmeric.
The secret to matcha lies in its potency. Because it’s ground into a fine power from whole tea leaves, it is more potent than standard green tea, which is brewed much like normal tea where the leaves are discarded once brewed.
One study highlighted this potency, finding that matcha contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than standard green tea.
How to consume matcha
There’s no rule as to how you should consume matcha, it’s simply down to you. However, if you want to reap the full health benefits of matcha, the most beneficial way is in the form of pure ground leaves. Like green tea in bags, iced matcha and ready-to-drink matcha doesn’t contain the same amount of key nutrients as brewed tea.
The addition of other ingredients may further dilute the benefits. Matcha is also popular is smoothies and brownies, which again doesn’t provide the same benefits as brewed matcha, but some people simple like the distinct flavour of green tea, which is perfectly fine.
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