A green tea powder form Japan. It has a vibrant green colour due to it’s high chlorophyll content. Leaves are hand picked, steamed, dried and stone-ground, turning it into a fine powder. The powder dissolves in water so it does not need to be steeped in bags like other teas. This means that you ingest all its antioxidant properties. One cup of matcha has the same antioxidant properties as ten cups of ordinary tea. Hailed for it’s health benefits for over 1000 years in Japan, Matcha green tea is higher in antioxidants than almost any other food. These high levels of antioxidants have numerous benefits in every organ system in the body. Matcha is recognised to boost energy levels, improve concentration and immune function and help detoxify the body. Matcha green tea comes in several grades, with Ceremonial Grade being the highest. Grown in the dark to reduce exposure to damaging UV rays, the levels of chlorophyll and EGCG are much higher than standard green tea.
Benefits of matcha include: proven to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, lower cholesterol and prevent cancer. It is such a powerful antioxidant (catechins - anti-carcinogens that are known to fight cancer) that its levels are six times higher than Goji berries, seventeen times higher than wild blueberries and sixty times higher than spinach.
Matcha green tea has the capacity to increase your lifespan and reduce levels of stress. It promotes concentration, minus the jittery energy associated with coffee. It also aids weight loss by enhancing resting metabolic rate and the speed at which we burn fat. Research shows that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea results in 25% more burned fat during exercise.