The practice of preparing and drinking powdered tea was first popularized over 900 years ago by Chinese Zen Buddhist monks. Traditional Matcha preparation is therefore ritualistic and meditative by nature, requiring customary tools and following a careful step-by-step process. In the 11th century, this ritual was shared with the Japanese, who have been preparing and sipping the frothy tea drink ever since. Even when powdered tea fell out of popularity in other parts of Eastern Asia, it has consistently maintained its prominence in Japanese culture. In fact, the word Matcha comes from Japanese: “ma” translates to rubbed or ground, while “cha” means tea.
Like all tea, Matcha is made from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Tea cultivated specifically for Matcha is primarily grown in two Japanese regions: Uji in Kyoto and Nishio in the Aichi prefecture. Tea leaves grown for Matcha are specially shade-grown over the course of three weeks. Shielding the plant from direct sunlight incites an overproduction of chlorophyll, which contributes to Matcha’s distinctive bright green color. In addition, shading the plant yields an increase in the amino acid theanine, which is thought to give the drink its deep umami flavor.
The health benefits of matcha far exceed those of other regular brewed green teas because the whole leaf is used. It’s rich in nutrients, antioxidants and chlorophyll making it an ideal healthy option for those looking to boost their energy metabolism while promoting overall wellbeing. Our matcha is rich in manganese which contributes to cell protection from free radical damage and contains iron, zinc and theanine to support a healthy bodily state.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Health Benefits of Matcha Powder?
Matcha green tea powder is a natural, delicious and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday life. Matcha’s whole-leaf stone-ground powder gives you 100% of the health benefits of green tea: from boosting energy and concentration to fighting cancer. But because you drink the whole leaf – one cup of matcha delivers 137x the antioxidants of a cup brewed with a green tea bag. What’s more, matcha is made using only the best quality green tea leaves – making it a wonderful, non-bitter, light and fresh way to start each day.
Why are the antioxidants in matcha tea so good for your health?
Antioxidants are your bodies defense against disease and aging. Antioxidants help prevent the damage caused by everyday exposure to sun, toxins or also just aging. The damage is what contributes to diseases like cancer. Additionally; matcha contains a unique type of antioxidant class known as catechins – especially EGCgs. This particular catechin defends against free radicals which damage cell DNA. Drinking matcha daily helps you maintain your optimal antioxidant level.
How does matcha green tea powder help boost energy?
The caffeine in Matcha binds to the larger catechin molecules, that also act as powerful antioxidants, and is released into the bloodstream slowly over time. The result is a slow release of caffeine that provides sustained energy for up to 6 to 8 hours. This means when you consume matcha powder you'll get a constant, steady supply of energy without a crash like you would with coffee or other highly caffeinated sources.
Does matcha green tea powder help prevent or fight cancer?
Matcha green tea powder contains the highest levels of cancer fighting EGCg antioxidants only found in green tea. Researchers believe that the EGCg in matcha:
IngredientsOrganic Japanese matcha powder.
UsageAdults can blend or mix one serving (one teaspoon) into your your favorite juice, smoothie, yogurt, dessert or water. For children (12-17), take half a serving (half teaspoon).
Nutritional InformationServing Size: 1 Tsp (4g) Serves Per Package: 75