So you’ve probably heard of matcha, but not quite sure exactly what matcha is? well in this post we explain what matcha is, what it should taste like, the fantastic health benefits of drinking matcha and how drinking matcha as part of your daily routine can benefit your everyday health and happiness.
So what is matcha and how is it made
In Japanese “ma” means powder and “cha” means tea, the word matcha means powdered green tea. It is said that Buddhist monks brought the tea from their home country to Japan about 900 years ago which they drank to stay awake during long periods of meditation!
Matcha is a powdered form of dried green tea leaves commonly grown in Japan. Leaves are covered to protect them from light during the weeks just before harvesting. By shading the plant the leaves are forced to produce more chlorophyll and in turn more amino acids giving them a very dark green colour. They are laid out flat to dry, steamed and then the leaves are ground into powder.
So what should a quality matcha taste like
Matcha should have a pleasant light earthy flavour, a good ceremonial drinking matcha has more L-theanine so will have a lovely sweet aftertaste. Be sure to pick a matcha that has no added sugar, artificial flavour or colour and is 100% certified organic.
The fantastic health benefits
Because you are consuming the entire tea leaf in powder form this makes matcha the purest form of green tea, giving you all of the health benefits of normal green tea plus lots of extra benefits too. You would have to drink approximately 10 cups of regular green tea to achieve the nutritional equivalent of just 1 cup of matcha!
Matcha helps to boost the immune system, increase concentration, reduce stress levels, while increasing your metabolic rate which in turn can aid with weight loss. With it's great content of L-theanine, caffeine and catechins matcha is a great workout supplement and is used widely in the health and fitness industry because it helps to boost energy levels, burn fat and enhance performance and recovery during and after a workout.
Some of the amazing ways that matcha can help keep you happy and healthy.
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves heart health
- Boosts energy
- Increases physical endurance (fitness)
- Enhances mood and improves concentration
- Detoxifies the body
- Calms the mind
- Helps increase metabolism and burn fat
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Helps create a feeling of well-being
Regular matcha consumption can help to reduce the chance of illness, support the immune system, boost energy, increase your metabolic rate and burn fat while promoting a feeling of general well-being. Try swapping out your regular coffee for a matcha today and feel and see the health benefits for yourself.
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