what is matcha green tea?

Referred to by some as “green tea on steroids,” Matcha is a powdered green tea that delivers even more health benefits than brewed tea. We call all of our grades ‘Matcha” We carry both the Japanese grades and a lesser more economical Chinese organic grade.

 

When you drink Matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of Matcha is equivalent to approximately 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Matcha renowned for numerous health benefits is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll content.

Not all antioxidants are created equal.

Not all antioxidants are created equal. Antioxidants are found in many fruits and vegetables however the class known as catechins (found in green tea) may be the most potent of all. Of the catechins, EGCg is the catechin with the broadest and most potent . 60% of the catechin content of Matcha is EGCG.

Chlorophyll, the pigment which gives leaves their green colour, may help remove heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body. Our Gyokuro Matcha is rich in chlorophyll content because it is shade grown which increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves.

Matcha also contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. For this reason Matcha is known as a mood enhancer. Matcha was drank to assist in meditation, as Matchs’s amino acids, combine with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time. Amino acids are also what gives Matcha it’s distinctive taste.

Matcha tea contains caffeine. It may provide 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy. 1 tsp. of Matcha contains approximately the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee but is released slowly. Matcha is both a stimulant and a relaxant, perfect for focusing on work, meditation, exercise or play.

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