Matcha Health Benefits
A single cup of matcha tea contains the same nutritional benefits found in 10 cups of regular green tea. That’s why matcha is considered the world’s healthiest beverage.
The way it’s grown, harvested and processed makes high-quality Japanese matcha a uniquely rich source of green tea nutrients.
Young matcha tea leaves are shaded prior to harvest then carefully hand-picked, lightly steamed, air dried, de-stemmed and slowly ground into a super-fine highly concentrated powder.
This labour-intense process is the difference between high grade Japanese matcha and cheaper versions from other countries.
Matcha Health Benefits
Matcha tea’s concentrated powder contains the entire tea leaf, minus veins and stems. It also contains 3x more of the powerful EGCG catechin than any other type of green tea. EGCG is the most famous green tea nutrient because of its scientifically established health promoting qualities:
- A new study finds EGCG may counteract the effects of a diet high in fats and sugar
- EGCG compounds may help prevent heart disease, improve skin quality, speed exercise recovery and help prevent high blood sugar
- A toothpaste formula made from green tea could also help prevent cavities and ease pain for people with sensitive teeth
Because matcha contains the entire tea leaf, matcha drinkers ingest its nutrients in a naturally healthy whole-food form.
L-theanine is an amino acid shown to reduce stress and improve cognitive performance. It’s unique to tea and uniquely abundant in matcha tea. As a bonus, matcha’s natural caffeine works in harmony with this amazing amino acid to create a sense of relaxed alertness without the caffeine jitters.
Catechins like the powerhouse EGCG are the focus of most green tea studies because of their positive effects on a wide range of health issues.
Caffeine in matcha is similar to the caffeine in coffee but there’s less of it. Matcha contains about half the caffeine coffee does. Not surprisingly, its effects are noticeably less intense.
Japanese monks understood the many benefits of matcha tea. They used it to achieve calm relaxation, better focus and a gentle lift in energy to enhance their meditations. When buying matcha today, remember premium and ceremonial grades have higher levels of caffeine and natural nutrients than the less expensive latte and culinary grades.