What is Macha tea?
A long-standing tradition of Japanese culture, Macha tea is produced using pure Gyokuro leaves – a variety of Camellia Sinensis plant that is shaded beneath special mats for 3 weeks before plucking.
The shading forces the plant to produce a higher chlorophyll content, thus increasing its nutritional value and giving the leaves a rich green color.
In fact, Macha tea contains nearly 2 times the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, approximately 9 times more beta-carotene than spinach and 4 times more beta-carotene than carrots, and nearly 10 times the antioxidants and polyphenols of regular green tea.
Macha tea health benefits
It is said that matcha tea contains 10 times more epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other teas. ECGC is one of the most powerful natural Chemopreventive polyphenol compounds in green tea.
Studies have shown that it is effective against various types of cancer including lung cancer, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and many other types of cancer.
Macha is often used as a pre-workout supplement to increase energy levels and mental focus while you are training. Also, studies have shown that drinking matcha tea before a workout increases fat loss. It is estimated that matcha tea can help you lose 25 percent more weight.
As opposed to coffee, matcha tea releases caffeine slowly over several hours, so you will feel full of energy all day. This is because it is loaded with L-theanine, which can also improve mental focus. Other teas also contain this amino acid but in much smaller quantities.
A recent study showed that L-theanine antagonizes the stimulatory effects of caffeine by lowering serotonin levels that have been artificially elevated by caffeine.
L-theanine is also responsible for increasing alfa wave activity of the brain, which promotes relaxation.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy found that these effects of L-theanine have been associated with increased performance under stress, increased creativity, and improved concentration and learning capacity, as well as reduced anxiety.
5.Boost the immune system
The EGCG content in matcha tea stimulates the production of regulatory T-cells, the immune system’s first line of defense.
Most recently, Science daily reported that this increased production of regulatory T-cells significantly suppresses the appearance of autoimmune diseases.
A study showed that matcha tea lowers total cholesterol and raises HDL (good) cholesterol levels in both animal and human trials. This contributes to reducing the chances of coronary heart disease.
Other studies found that the consumption of green tea and matcha tea have beneficial effects on endothelial functioning, ensuring that that blood vessels relax and contract in an optimal function for proper blood flow.
This tea has been used traditionally in the Chinese medicine to control blood sugar levels. Studies performed on animals suggest that green tea and matcha tea can help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed.
How to prepare matcha tea
If you have never had matcha tea, start with a quarter of a teaspoon of the tea powder and slowly increase the dose to a half teaspoon, eventually one teaspoon.
At first, boil one cup of water to about 180 F. Spoon a quarter or a half teaspoon matcha powder into an empty cup and add about one to two tablespoons of hot water to the powder and whisk to form an evenly diluted paste. At last, add 2 to 3 ounces of the hot water and mix it well.
Also, you can sweeten your tea by adding a half tablespoon raw, organic honey.