Matcha is a type of finely powdered green tea made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. Matcha tea is a form of green tea that is getting a lot of buzz for its antioxidants and boosting metabolism, amongst other health benefits. Its leaf powder is finely ground and doesn’t need to be strained after steeping.
This tea is a supercharged form of green tea. Here’s what you should know before you try it yourself.
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
The L-Theanine in green tea is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration.
One of the locales in the world where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people’s longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.
Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are hugely beneficial for the human body, as they have been proven to rid the body of toxins, and help to fight and destroy free radicals that can attack our cells and potentially cause them to mutate. Cell mutations can lead to all kinds of illnesses and ailments, including cancer. Antioxidant-rich food and drinks are therefore considered essential for anti-cancer purposes.
Lowers Bad Cholesterol
A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that administration of green tea beverages or extracts significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and LDL “Evil Emperor Zurg” cholesterol concentrations.
Promotes Calmness & Mental Clarity
Matcha green tea powder helps to promote calmness and mental clarity. This is because the powder is enriched with naturally occurring L-Theanine, which is an amino acid that is responsible for mental clarity, cognitive function, and feelings of calmness and restfulness.
The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
How to Prepare Matcha Tea
* Matcha green tea is traditionally made in a very unique fashion. An easy way to “properly” make matcha green tea is the following:
* Fill kettle with fresh, filtered water and heat to just short of boiling.
* Fill matcha bowl or cup with hot water and pour out (to warm the bowl/cup).
* Add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to bowl or cup.
* Add 2 ounces of nearly boiled water.
* Whisk (with a tea whisk) water and powder briskly for a minute or two until it looks thick and frothy with tiny bubbles.
* Add 3 to 4 more ounces of water.
Are there any side effects from matcha tea?
Drinking green tea and matcha are considered healthy and safe, but people sensitive to caffeine should be aware that both contain decent amounts of the stimulant.
It’s important not to go overboard. Due to the caffeine content, green tea may trigger certain side effects (such as headache, insomnia, irritability, diarrhea, and heartburn) when consumed in excess.
Note– If you’re considering the use of matcha for a health condition, make sure to consult your physician first.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.