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Over 100 Matcha Tea Health Benefits

 

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Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Green tea is widely praised for its ability to halt the effects of aging, prevent dementia, fight cancer and much more thanks to the power of its high antioxidant content, but one similar, albeit lesser known, drink has it beat according to research from an important university study — Matcha.

The carefully prepared, powdered cousin to regular green tea has been prized for its off-the-charts antioxidant content — as much as 137 times higher than regular green teas on the market — as well as for its unique “full-bodied” taste that ends with a lingering, sweet kick.

Matcha can be found in powder form and usually only takes about a tablespoon to make a full cup since it’s so rich. Drinking Matcha is an excellent way to relax and “center yourself” after a long day, which is what makes it so beloved in its native Japan for both unwinding alone and entertaining guests.

 How Does Matcha Become So Potent?

The process of growing and harvesting Matcha is different from regular green teas, and part of what holds the secrets to its incredible health benefits and antioxidant power.

Preparation starts before harvest for as many as 20 days, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight. According to the website TeaPedia.org, this slows down the growth of the plants and turns them a darker shade of green, allowing more and more amino acids to be produced inside the plant. Only the finest buds are then picked, and they are then left out flat to dry before being stone-ground into a beautifully rich green Matcha powder for tea.

University Study Confirms Antioxidant Power of Matcha

It goes without saying that our bodies are under a ton of stress these days, which is what makes antioxidants so important for overall health.

These are the compounds that protect our cells from the damaging effects of free radicals produced by stress, dietary mistakes, and even exercise that are common in everyday life.

According to a 2003 study from the University of Colorado (in Boulder, CO), the powerful antioxidant EGCG, which is also found in green tea, is present at levels up to 137 times greater than that of commercially available green teas, as we mentioned earlier.

The same study also found that Matcha’s antioxidant content is at least three times higher than even the most potent varieties of green tea you can find.

Other health benefits of Matcha include:

-Rich in Fiber and Chlorophyll

-Leads to an Increased yet Calmer Alertness

– May help prevent Alzheimer’s, Liver Damage, Diabetes and Cancer

-Speeds up your Metabolism

-Contains L-theanine, an Amino Acid that relaxes the mind (Buddhist monks enjoy this drink)

While all green tea can be extremely beneficial (if it’s organic especially since many mainstream teas are heavily processed and may contain high levels of fluoride), matcha tea is hands down the better choice if you’re looking for antioxidant power and anti-aging effects.

As for the taste, let’s just say that if you like green tea, you should have no problems liking matcha (feel free to add a little organic stevia to make it sweeter to your liking).

 

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How is Matcha Tea Made?

How is it ground up?  What tea is used for it?  Also can I make my own at home by just sticking green tea in a blender or coffee grinder to grind it into a powder, or using a mortar and pestle?

Matcha tea is a fine, powdered green tea used in Japanese tea ceremony and to dye and flavour foods such as mochi and soba noodles, green tea ice cream and a variety of wagashi.  Matcha is generally expensive compared to other forms of tea, although its price depends on its quality. It can be hard to find outside Japan, as can the implements traditionally used to prepare and consume it, but you can find it easily in any tea-specialized shop as well as the apparatus used to brew it.

Prior to serving, the matcha is often forced through a sieve in order to break up clumps. There are special sieves available for this purpose, which are usually stainless steel and combine a fine wire mesh sieve and a temporary storage container. A special wooden spatula is used to force the tea through the sieve, or a small, smooth stone may be placed on top of the sieve and the device shaken gently. If the sieved matcha is to be served at a Japanese tea ceremony, then it will be placed into a small tea caddy known as a chaki. Otherwise, it can be scooped directly from the sieve into a tea bowl. A small amount of matcha is placed into the bowl, traditionally using a bamboo scoop called a chashaku, and a modicum of hot (not boiling) water is added. The mixture is then whisked to a uniform consistency, traditionally using a special kind of whisk made of bamboo known as a chasen. There must be no lumps left in the liquid, and ideally no ground tea should remain on the sides of the bowl.

Usucha, or thin tea, is prepared with half a teaspoon of matcha and approximately 75 ml (2.5 oz) of hot water. Some drinkers (and schools of tea ceremony) prefer to whip the mixture to produce a light frothy “head,” while others prefer as little foam as possible. Schools also vary on the amount of water and matcha. Usucha creates a lighter and slightly more bitter tea. Koicha, or thick tea, requires significantly more matcha, as many as six teaspoons to 3/4 cup of water. Because the resulting mixture is significantly thicker, blending it requires a slower, stirring motion which does not produce foam. Koicha produces a sweeter tea, and is served almost exclusively as part of Japanese tea ceremonies. Special chasen designed for this purpose are often employed. 


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Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer?

Is it True that Matcha Green Tea Powder Can Prevent/Treat Breast Cancer? Is there a green tea cancer connection?

 

I’m asking because both my mother and sister have battled breast cancer and I want to arm myself with protection. I heard about matcha green tea powder on one of the morning shows.

 



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Are you supposed to ingest the matcha in matcha tea?

 

 

I know the directions on my matcha green tea packet say to dump the mactha tea out of the bag, but are you meant to ingest it as well? It seems almost certain that you will drink some of the matcha by chance just becasue its floating around there, but should one purposefully try to eat the matcha itself?

 

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What is Matcha Green Tea?

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Matcha is high grade Japanese green tea that is derived from using the entire tea leaf that is crushed into a fine powder form and consumed whereas most other teas are made by straining the tea leaves after steeping in hot water. The Kyoto region of Japan is where matcha traditionally comes from. The soil and climate provide perfect growing conditions. Kyoto produces the worlds most sought after matcha tea.

Matcha is a vibrant and bright almost neon colored green. It gets its beautiful color from a special cultivation process prior to harvesting.

During this process the tea plants get covered with special mats to create about 90% shade for several weeks. This slows down the natural photosynthesis process causing the plants to create much more chlorophyll so that the leaves become soft and supple. The leaves also create more amino acids creating a much sweeter flavored tea. After the harvest, the plant stems are removed, the leaves are dried then stone-ground into a fine talc-like green powder called matcha.

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