-The Matcha Basics-

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What is matcha?

-matcha is a powdered tea from Japan that comes from tencha( a shade-grown tea leaf).

Difference between culinary and ceremonial grades?

-Culinary grade is ideal for baking and cooking while ceremonial grade is the best of the best. Ceremonial grade is ideal for drinking (without the need for sugar and cream).This is because ceremonial blends are made using only the youngest baby tea leaves making the taste wholesome and flavorful.

What are the immediate benefits of matcha?

  • Caffeine- a standard serving is 2 grams(70 mg of caffeine) compared to a standard cup of coffee(100- 120mg of caffeine).

  • l-theanine- is the magical amino-acid in matcha responsible for creating alpha waves(the mind and body are relaxed but the level of focus is maintained). This means you get the energy without the anxiety or the crash!

  • Antioxidants-Did you know there's an actual unit of measurement for antioxidants? it's called the oxygen radical absorbance capacity , Matcha's level is 1,440( more than four times the amount found in goji berries and dark chocolate).

Long-term benefits of matcha

  • Increase your Focus- The caffeine and l-theanine in matcha boosts the production of alpha-waves in the brain encouraging relaxation and mental clarity.

  • Boost your Immunity- EGCG is the special antioxidant in matcha that protects the body against various viral and bacterial infections.

  • Protects your heart- Including matcha in your daily diet can significantly lower the risk of stroke and/or heart attack.

  • Protects your oral health- The antibacterial properties in matcha keep the bacterial production  in your mouth at bay inhibiting the formation of cavities.

  • Natural Detox- Matcha comes from a shade-grown tencha plant. This allows the tea plants to produce extra chlorophyll which naturally detoxifies the human body.

  • Protect your brain- Matcha contains polyphenols (naturally organic compunds) currently being studied to show their effectiveness in neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Keep the weight off- The EGCG and caffeine in matcha work together to naturally boost your metabolism and they increase CCK (the hormone responsible for making you feel full) preventing overeating or sneaky snacking.

Why should I drink matcha?

-matcha is unlike any other tea out there! Plant-based energy, antioxidants, l-theanine, and countless health benefits. It's a thriving  millennium old tradition!