Both Matcha and regular green tea are native to China but they are grown differently. 20-30 days prior to harvest, matcha bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. This shade stimulates increased chlorophyll levels, so more benefits.
With Matcha, the whole leaf is used . Once dried, the vein and stems are removed. The whole leaf is ground resulting in a fine bright green leaf that has more caffeine and anti-oxidants than regular green tea.
With green tea, only the leaves are soaked in hot water and then consumed.
Be wary of the tea bags which green tea comes in. It is made of food grade plastic (since when is plastic categorized as food grade?). But more importantly, the plastic in many tea bags is treated with epicholordyin that is used to produce epoxy resin. So, it is best advised to purchase loose green tea.
Never use boiling water to make tea. Use hot water and the Japanese use a bamboo spoon called a shashaku and pour it into a heated tea bowl called a chawan.
Matcha has the equivalent of 3 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. These antioxidants help prevent free radicals forming in your body protecting cells and tissues from damage and premature aging.
Match contains a special kind of catechin that is known for its strong cancer fighting properties.
Matcha has been shown to protect against heart disease (up to 31%). It lowers total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels.
Green tea is often an ingredient in weight loss supplements. Studies have shown that green tea increases total calories burned by increasing metabolic rate.
If you want to increase the alpha waves in your brain, drink Matcha. It contains
L-theanine, a unique amino acid linked to mental relaxation, helps fight stress signals and can increase the amount of feel-good chemicals in the brain leading to improved mood, memory and concentration and reduce cognitive decline in the older population.
Because our soils are heavily contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, industrial waste and fluoride, buy organic Matcha to reduce your exposure to these toxins.
With diet and nutrition, more is not always better. Limit your consumption of Match to two cups daily that will provide equal levels of the plant compounds as six cups of other quality green teas. Everyone’s tolerance level varies. Too much Matcha initially may result in nausea and possibly symptoms of liver toxicity. So easy on the Matcha if you are a newbie!
Try this delicous Matcha-Maca Coconut Latte
1.5 cups coconut milk ( or unsweetened almond milk)
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp maca powder
Sweeten with raw honey, coconut nectar or organic maple syrup
Heat milk (a frother works great)
Stir in matcha and maca . Whisk until smooth. Once powder has fully dissolved, sweeten to taste.
For added richness, add 1 tsp. coconut butter.