Matcha seems to be the entire craze lately.
It has become the in beverage – touted by celebrities, and at the same time, chugged down by trendy hipster cafes. Generally, it is stirring up a storm in the health and beauty world.
What is matcha?
It essentially means “powdered tea”. Japanese craftsman crush tea leaves into a special form of fine powder to make it a drink. In comparison to traditional green tea, it is healthier and more concentrated. It is more potent because you are drinking the actual tea leaves.
p.s. Our Matcha powder is of the finest quality from Yame, Japan.
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1. Nutritional Matcha
It is a much more powerful source of nutrients because it is more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols, matcha has it all.
Tip: A cup of matcha a day keeps the doctor away!
It is a great alternative to coffee. It will help with the decaffeinating process. You get the alertness you need without the crash. It also has the added benefit of the compound “l-theanine” which induces relaxation without drowsiness. In brief, alert yet calm.
Matcha is traditionally prepared by mixing a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to slightly less than a boil). The drink is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it reaches a nice frothy consistency.
3. Weight Loss
Matcha is rich in the compound catechins which has thermogenic properties. Therefore, it increases metabolism, and promotes fat oxidation, even at rest.
Tip: Studies have shown that exercising immediately after drinking it results in 25% more fat burn during exercise.
Read more: 3 Green Tea Tips for Weight Loss
Constipation? Matcha contains a high level of easily absorbable dietary fibre that will ensure smooth excretion. Besides that, it also help in stabilizing blood sugar levels.
It is no question that tea lovers tout green tea as THE miracle tea of choice. But what about its counterpart, the black tea? Don’t brush it off just yet. Scientists have discovered a whole host of health benefits linked to it.
By the end of the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644), the culture of tea drinking was growing in the West. But black tea did not find appreciative drinkers until the Dutch embraced Chinese tea after 1640, when Dutch traders introduced tea to society patrons in Hague and it became a fashionable lifestyle. Eventually, it became the most sought-after trade commodity of the English East India Company.
Civilisations in China and Japan have been using green tea for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Green tea is tea in its purest form because tea makers have minimal room techniques.