Camellia sinensis also knows as Matcha green tea is another type of green tea that is loaded with antioxidants. Of course Matcha like any other green tea contains high levels of polyphenols and has beneficial health and cancer preventative properties. However this specific green tea has several enhancements over regular green teas. The green tea leaves are picked and harvested using a specific method in order to preserve its high antioxidant properties such as L-Theanine in which the tea leaves are picked from shaded trees. This alone produces a sweeter tea due to a higher concentration of amino acids, only leaves which meet the highest standards are used in its preparation. Along with this Matcha is harvested and milled to a fine powder (this is what makes Match different from normal teas). Today Match is ground using machines, but for as many as 800 years it was done by hand. The method and storage and production of this special tea, means you as the consumer are getting the very best green tea!
The specific tea leaves that are harvested are considered to be the finest green tea leaves. Match green tea is a more costly form of green tea. But this is not to say it is not worth buying it! You should consider the health benefits above all else.
Popular in both Japan and China for hundreds of years Matcha tea shows many benefits for ones health. This is in part due to its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating which is a standard to gauge how potent a specific dietary supplement (usually berries and other plants) is to ones health in terms of its antioxidant capability. Antioxidants prevent cellular damage caused by free radicals.
Match Green Tea Health Benefits
As already explained Match tea has many health benefits. Studies are currently being undertaken in more depth to determine the exact compounds which help prevent a variety of diseases such as cancer.
- Relaxes the brain, due to L-Theanine – this specific amino acid has been shown to reduce anxiety in the brain. Match tea uses gyokuro leafs which have the highest concentration of Theanine.
- Theanine properties show immune boosting effects.
- Contains high levels of epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC) which is only found in green teas
- Boosts resting metabolism
- Helps with weight loss and cravings
- Contains high levels of certain flavonoids shown to inhibit stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes in particular.
- And more.
Preparations of this tea are two fold: used in teas, using strainers, and directly ingested in either powdered form or in capsules. Other uses for this tea are in cooking – such as ice cream and various other recipes.