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Matcha tea. What is it?

We read it everywhere. We tend to see it everywhere. We find it on the shelves of supermarkets. What is the matcha tea after all? Is it so beneficial for our health?

Originally, matcha, means tea powder. All teas occasionally come in dried form or in tea bags.

This tea (belongs to tencha family = Japanese variety of green tea) is powdered, after grinding.

It worth to be mentioned that the whole leaf and not only its extract has 137 times the antioxidants of green tea and 12 times its nutritional value!!! The benefits for our body are so many that it goes into the category of "food-medicine".

The benefits are:

  1. Rich in antioxidants as it contains a higher amount of antioxidants than any other superfood.

  2. It relaxes and calms us! It offers calm energy that lasts for hours. Consuming just a cup offers us many hours of relaxation due to the perfect ratio of caffeine and L-theanine (= amino acid that promotes relaxation).

  3. It detoxifies us! Due to its high content of chlorophyll, it accelerates the natural detoxification of our body.

  4. We burn calories (oh yes !!) One cup a day, increases the body's thermogenesis, thus helping the metabolism, multiplying its burning.

  5. Immune like a rock! Matcha tea is rich in catechins and epigalecates. Compared to plain green teas, it has 140 times more catechins.

  6. Helps with concentration and meditation. Buddhist monks consume it to help them during meditation.

Because it is consumed in powder, it is good to know a few things before choosing it.

  1. Make sure the color is light green and not dark green or yellow. These are definitely either not a matcha tea or their quality is not good.

  2. We avoid buying bulk (unpacked) tea at an affordable price. It only comes in tightly closed packages, otherwise it is oxidized by air.

  3. The taste is sweet by its nature because during the collection of the leaves, the upper part of the plant is cut (which is sweet). If your tea is not sweet but bitter, then the quality is not good.

How are we going to drink it?

Simply, dissolving it in hot or cold water. We can also use it in recipes!

Tania L.

ISSA Certified Nutritionist

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer.

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