How Matcha Zen Tea is Making the World a Better Place
From Hollywood stars to Starbucks, everyone is going crazy about matcha tea. But just what is all the fuss about anyway? Is this a new food trend that we will discover isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
Far from being a new food fad, matcha tea has actually been around for centuries and has formed the cornerstone of Japanese tea ceremonies for over 900 years. It is being touted as a wonderfully nutritious brew with a ton of health benefits and the kind of calm focus that puts the jitters of a caffeine high to shame.
Benefits up the Ying Yang!
It’s estimated that you lose around 90% of the benefits of other herbal teas because you strain the leaves. Matcha Zen tea is a concentrated, powdered green tea so you consume the actual leaves and get far greater health benefits.
- If you suffer from diabetes, matcha tea can help maintain a healthy metabolism. Studies show that matcha inhibits the renal and hepatic damage that many diabetic patients suffer.
- Matcha tea contains antioxidants catechin and EGCg, so you get all the perks of caffeine without the jitters. The slow release of energy due to theophylline supports the proper functioning of adrenal glands and maintains optimum hormonal levels.
- Because matcha is shade-grown, it is packed with amino acids like L-theanine which relaxes the body and allows for sharp concentration. This is why the Zen Buddhist monks have used it for centuries to augment meditation.
- Antioxidants like polyphenols EGCg, and L-theanine boost the immune system and help to combat bacterial, viral and fungal infections and gastrointestinal disorders.
- The EGCg in matcha tea helps to promote cardiovascular health and keeps cholesterol levels low.
- It also has chemopreventitive properties which prevent the proliferation of cancer cells in bladder and colorectal.
- Chlorophyll in matcha leaves helps to cleanse the body and blood while maintaining optimal blood alkalinity.
OK, so what does it taste like?
If this is sounding too good to be true, then surely there must be a catch. My first reaction was that it probably tastes like medicine. But I found that ceremonial-grade matcha tea features a rich, delicate flavor profile. For the sophisticated pallet, matcha tea has a subtle, voluptuous flavor with umami overtones and a sweet aftertaste. In other words, it’s delicious!
Cultivated in the historically fertile area of Uji, Kyoto in Japan, this premium ceremonial-grade matcha is shade-grown, hand-picked, steamed, stemmed dried, and stone-ground into a bright emerald powder. This highest grade of matcha, required for traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, is made specifically for whisking into tea and enjoying. It’s certified organic, sustainably grown and comes in recycled packaging. Go on, give it a try, you’ll be so glad you did.
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