The amazing benefits of Matcha Green Tea

We’ve all read and heard about the health benefits of drinking herbal and green tea but not many people have heard of Matcha green tea, the superfood that is taking over the world, one green latte at a time. It’s easy to see why it’s becoming a health craze when one cup of Matcha tea is the equivalent of 10 cups of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content!

Matcha tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. It’s made from the finest leaves picked from the tips of the shade grown Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves are dried, de-stemmed, de-veined and finally stone ground into a fine, bright green powder.

So, why would one consume Matcha? The benefits let the tea speak for itself…
Here’s 14 benefits of Matcha green tea

Boosts your metabolism, which as part of a healthy diet can assist with weight loss
Boosts your immune system – Matcha has 7 times more Vitamin C content than 1 orange and 10 times the beta-carotene of spinach.
Improves hydration.
It’s great for teeth and gums. Healthy teeth and gums = healthy mind and body. Well that’s what my dentist always told me
Cancer fighting properties provided by Catechin, which are not found in any other food and are 137 times that of regular green tea
Great for your skin and assists with anti-aging
Naturally calming and reduces stress
Strengthens your alertness – although Matcha only has 34mg of caffeine compared with coffee 60mg, its effects last longer and there is no crash.
Improves stamina and fights fatigue.
Naturally detoxifies the body.
Helps with chronic diseases. It contains more antioxidants than goji & acai berries, dark chocolate and spinach. Matcha has a mighty 1300 per gram compared with its nearest super foods acai at 120 and dark chocolate at 20!
Lowers cholesterol.
Lowers blood pressure.
Reduces inflammation and prevents cartilage breakdown.

If those reasons aren’t enough, how about this last one – Matcha replenishes phytonutrients, which to those of us who haven’t just spent weeks researching Matcha, means it helps you recover quickly from a heavy wine session the night before. What’s not to like? It all sounds a little bit too good to be true doesn’t it?

Matcha green tea has been consumed in Japan for well over 1000 years. The Japanese Zen Buddist monks used it as a way of staying calm, alert and awake whilst meditating. It is now a part of the Japanese tea ceremonies and culture.

By : Kate Diete