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What Is Matcha Green Tea

Matcha green tea is the powdered form of the camellia sinensis leaf. In contrast to green tea bags, which are steeped, drinkers of matcha consume the whole leaf and not just a fraction of it.

Given that you are drinking the plant itself the nourishment that you receive far outweighs the nourishment received when drinking normal green tea. In addition, green tea leaves that are selected for use as matcha are shaded in the final 3 weeks before they are harvested. This accelerates the build up of chlorophyll and nutrients.

WHAT IS MATCHA AND WHY DO I NEED IT?

You have heard of green tea right? Health and fitness enthusiasts have long known that drinking green tea has many benefits. These benefits range from increased metabolism and fat loss to potentially fighting cancer. Regular green tea is usually steeped in boiling water for several minutes. Once the leaf is removed only a fraction of nutrients remain.

WHAT IS MATCHA?

It is the green tea plant harvested, dried and powdered. Matcha green tea comes in the form of a powder. It can be mixed with hot (not boiling) water and consumed as a normal tea. You can also drink matcha cold or as an iced tea. You can also use it in foodstuffs such as cakes, ice cream, cookies and smoothies. Find out the best way to prepare matcha here.

The hit of nourishment you receive from matcha is more than normal green tea. Matcha plants receive shade in the final 3 weeks before they are harvested. This accelerates the build up of chlorophyll and nutrients. Drinking Matcha regularly has many benefits. There is a reason why Samurai’s drank matcha and why the Japanese have one of the longest life expectancy rates in the world. Not all matcha’s are the same. There are different grades of matcha from cooking grade to ceremonial grade. Ceremonial grade is used in Japanese tea ceremonies and as a precursor to meditation by buddhist monks. Matchaletic exists for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. We recognised that high quality affordable matcha could give many benefits to athletes.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

There are many benefits to regular consumption of premium matcha. Studies have shown that it may:-

  • Provide up to 137x more antioxidants than normal green tea;
  • Provide a massive dose of theophylline. Theophylline is a caffeine like substance which provides a burst of instant energy and calm focus;
  • Boost energy levels due to the caffeine and the amino acid l-theanine which is present almost exclusively in matcha;
  • Boost fat burning, shrink fat cells and support the immune system due to the antioxidant and catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG);
  • Provide a healthy amount of fibre, vitamins, minerals and relative protein.

Any person consuming premium matcha regularly could also experience the following benefits:-

  • Better cardiovascular health;
  • Clearer and brighter skin;
  • Improved hair;
  • Improved teeth (matcha has anti-bacterial properties that assist with oral hygiene and protection of tooth enamel);
  • Overall better physical and mental health.

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