Matcha Tea was grown by the Japanese for use in ceremonies, originating hundreds of years ago. Matcha Tea is made using pure luxury sencha green tea and Gyokuro leaves that have been shaded under special shade covers for 3 weeks before plucking. Shading forces the plants to produce higher than normal chlorophyll levels, giving the leaves a rich green color. Once plucked, the leaves are steamed and dried. Next, they are stripped of all stems and veins, resulting in a pure leaf that is stone-ground into the fine powder tea lovers are familiar with.
Matcha Tea is now a popular ingredient for beverages as well as food due to it's nutritional properties. When you drink Matcha Tea, you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. This powered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. This means you would have to drink 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea to get the same nutritional content as 1 cup of matcha tea. Antioxidants are the body's defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. The more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is to fight against infections and disease. Other health benefits of matcha tea include:
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
Enhances mood and aids in concentration.
Matcha tea has about 30 milligrams of caffeine per teaspoon of powder. Coffee has about 150 milligrams per 8 ounces, depending on how it's brewed. Matcha contains I-theanine, an amino acid which improves cognitive function and induces a calm soothing effect on the mind. Part of the lure of the tea is that Buddhists monks used it as an aid in meditation as the stimulation from the caffeine kept them alert, while the amino acids kept them relaxed and focused. An excellent alternative to coffee in that morning, matcha tea is also a great energy booster in the afternoon. Information Reference: "Health Benefits of Matcha Tea" Matcha Source Jan 2017 - http://matchasource.com/health-benefitsof-matcha-tea/