What is Matcha Tea
Matcha is a Japanese green tea in a powder form that is whisked into hot water or milk. Matcha or maccha is a finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder. It is a natural, organic green tea which has been the part of the famous Japanese tea ceremony for over 900 years. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. Because matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves, it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea. Comparison of Antioxidants is as follows:-
- 6.2 Times that of Goji Berries
- 7 Times that of Dark Chocolate
- 17 Times that of Wild Blueberries
- 60.5 Times that of SpinachHealth Benefits of Matcha Tea
- Studies have often linked tea consumption to reduced risks of cancers of the colon, breast, ovary, prostate, and lung.”
- Study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests matcha might be linked to weight loss
- A daily cup of the green stuff “might be useful in the prevention and improvement of lifestyle-related diseases, mainly obesity
- Other clinical tests suggest matcha can speed physical recovery after workouts, promote cell strength and boost immunity.
- With a small amount of caffeine –24–39 mg per cup, matcha fans say it delivers a feeling of “calm alertness”.
- Chlorophyll present in matcha tea accentuates its effectiveness in cleansing process of the body. Chlorophyll is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleasing the blood.
How to Prepare Traditional Matcha Tea.
To prepare matcha the traditional Japanese way, measure the tea into a heated tea bowl (chawan) with a bent bamboo spoon (chashaku). Add hot but not boiling water about 70°C is about right, then whisk to a froth using a special bamboo whisk (chasen). Last step is what gives matcha its smooth and silky consistency.
However, it contains some amount of caffeine which may trigger allergic reactions in some susceptible individuals. Allergic reactions may include diarrhea, cardiac arrhythmia and irritable bowel syndrome. Caffeine can also cause drug interactions depending upon the amount consumed.