‘Matcha’ has been on everyone’s lips for the past couple of years. It’s the new “trend” when it comes to tea, originating from Japan. Matcha is actually a very delicate powder that results from grinding green tea leaves. Then you mix it with some hot water and you get a wonderfully flavoured tea. Due to the laborious process required to produce it, this type of tea is more expensive than other types of regular green tea.
How it’s made
Wikipedia gives some interesting details: The traditional Japanese tea ceremony centers on the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha as hot tea and embodies a meditative spiritual style. In modern times, matcha has come to be used to flavor and dye foods, such as mocha and soba noodles, green tea ice-cream, matcha lattes and a variety of Japanese wagashi confectionery.
Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. It’s steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Then it’s stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties. This miraculous drink has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today.
Enough with the history and complicated terms, let’s see how the matcha tea can benefit you and your family.
Benefits of Matcha Tea
One of the most astonishing benefits of matcha tea have been listed by Dr. Axe on his website (Dr. Oz being a fan of matcha as well), who is a doctor of natural medicine, clinical nutritionist and author, with a passion to help people get well using food as medicine. Let us, therefore, see what he has to say about preventing cancer:
- May help prevent cancer – Research has shown that green tea consumption can reduce the risk of cancer. Some of the specific cancers where risk reduction has been scientifically demonstrated include: bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon and rectal cancers, prostate cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the catechins in matcha green tea (EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC) are so powerful that they may actually help prevent cancer, potentially making match one of the top natural cancer treatment options out there. (6) While it might seem outrageous that regularly drinking something as common as green tea can put you at a lesser risk, it’s not that far-fetched. The NCI provides the following explanation:
- The chemicals in green tea, especially EGCG and ECG, have substantial free radical-scavenging capability. They have also been proven clinically to protect cells from DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen species;
- Tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit tumor cell development and induce apoptosis (cancer cell destruction) in laboratory and animal studies;
- The catechins in green tea activate detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase. These enzymes are praised for preventing tumor growth;
- Lastly, research has revealed two additional findings. The catechins in green tea not only protect against damage caused by ultraviolet B radiation, but also they can improve immune system function.
- Promotes weight loss
- Reduces heart disease risk and hypertention – According to a Harvard review of recent studies, green tea may lower LDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, and thereby reduce the risk of death from heart disease and stroke.
- Lowers type II diabetes risk
- Detoxifies the body
‘Proper’ Tea Recipe:
- Fill the kettle with fresh, filtered water and heat to short of boiling
- Fill matcha bowl or cup with hot water and pour out, to warm the bowl/cup
- Add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to bowl/cup
- Add 2 ounces (60 ml) of nearly boiled water
- Whisk (ideally with a bamboo brush or tea whisk) water and powder briskly for a minute or two until it looks thick and frothy with tiny bubbles
- Add 3 to 4 more ounces of water (max. 125 ml)
- Jobetsugi is a “thin matcha”, so it is a bit lighter in body than our Senjunomukashi, but still it is strong and bracing.
- Senjunomukashi is a “thick matcha”, so it is thick and bracing.
- Unjonotomo is an “extra thick” matcha using high quality, sweet leaves. It is a smooth and creamy matcha.
In conclusion, there are countless other benefits to be mentioned, so if you want to enjoy this miracle drink yourself, just go to the nearest organic products shop. Matcha is the most versatile of all teas out there. It all started in Japan, where it is a very treasured drink and a part of their culture, and now we have all seen some excellent reasons to give it a try! Enjoy this unique, marvellous drink and find the calm and relaxation you need!