Matcha Tea: what is it and how is it good for you?

What is Matcha Tea?

Matcha tea is made from the young, shade grown leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, which after harvesting are traditionally stone ground to produce a whole leaf powder. Traditionally, this bright green powder is then whisked into hot water using a bamboo whisk to create a smooth and flavourful shot.  It can also be used to make lattes, energy balls, ice cream, cakes and pretty much anything else you could add powder to.

As you consume the whole leaf, you are consuming all of the nutrients possible, not just an infusion as with normal tea, making Matcha Tea a powerhouse of antioxidants and nutrients,

What nutrients are in Matcha tea?

L-thiamine – an amino acid known to promote a state of relaxation and well-being.

Caffeine – Great for a pick-me-up, caffeine in green tea works with L-thiamine inducing a state of relaxed alertness, so no jitters! 

EGCg – a catechin (type of antioxidant) that protects cells from DNA damage.

Chlorophyll – responsible for the bright green colour and packed with nutrients.

What are the health benefits of Matcha Tea?

Matcha with its high content of EGCg antioxidants is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Studies have linked green tea to a variety of health benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, cancer and even aiding weight loss.