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Matcha Tea

Matcha tea benefits -

are said to greatly exceed those of other green tea types. This is mainly due to the fact that when matcha tea is consumed, it's as if the entire green tea leaves are ingested, and not just the brewed or infused water.

Because matcha tea is green tea leaves in powdered form, all the healing components of the leaves, such as the antioxidents, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and nutrients are preserved in the powder. The following are the active constituents of matcha tea: antioxidents, catechins, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), amino acids, theanine, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and caffeine.

One glass of matcha tea is said to contain the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. In fact, a study conducted in 2003 by researchers from the University of Colorado found that the EGCG content of matcha tea is 137 times greater than those found in regular green tea.

This is because the drinker gets to take in all the health benefits contained in the leaves while the infused or brewed version of green tea only imparts the leaf essence in the hot water as the non-ingestible and soggy leaves are discarded.

Matcha tea is finely-milled green tea leaves that come in powder form. The taste and flavor of matcha tea is quite sweet and has a somewhat creamy and milky touch.

To produce matcha tea powder, the leaves of the designated camellia sinensis plants are covered for several weeks. The best tea buds are then picked and laid down flat to dry. These buds will then crumble somewhat and then be ground to a powder that is vivid green in color, and smoothly fine in texture.

Matcha tea has different grades. These grades are defined by the location of the leaves on the tea bush, the treatment before processing, the stone grinding and the oxidation process.

The famous Japanese tea ceremony called chanoyu centers on the preparation of matcha tea. The ceremony had its beginnings around the end of the 12th century, when the tea was used in preparation for the meditative practices of Zen Buddhism. It is performed in modern times to highlight the Japanese cultural themes of simplicity, humility, restraint, and discipline. It is also used to exhibit Japanese aesthetic beauty.

The following are the health benefits attributed to matcha tea:

  • Matcha tea may help lower the risk of developing cancer, most especially in the brain, cervix, bladder and prostate.

  • Matcha tea may help lower the risk of heart attacks.

  • Matcha tea may help lower the risk of strokes.

  • Matcha tea may help fight against inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism.

  • Matcha tea may help cleanse the body of harmful toxins.

  • Matcha tea may help fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS

  • Matcha tea may help strengthen the immune system and fight against diseases caused by virus and bacteria

  • Matcha tea may help enhace the mood, sharpen concentration, as well as calm the nerves.

  • Matcha tea may help lower the risk of cognitive impairment for adults, thereby also lowering the risk for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.

  • If you would like to carry this healthful tea with you to add to hot or cold drinks (we put ours in smoothies!), soups or other dishes on the go, we have a small travel container with enough Matcha Tea for 8 to 10 servings.  Bring your container in for a refill when you're running on empty! 

  

bob2Dark Chocolate Matcha Tea Bars. made with high grade Matcha Tea and Rare Madagascar Vanilla.

Studies have shown that just 30 calories (7g or approximately 1 square) of dark chocolate can lower blood pressure without weight gain.  Matcha Tea encourages weight loss, lowers blood pressure, boosts your immune system and decreases "bad" cholesterol. It also contains 70 times the antioxidents of orange juice and 10 times the nutrients of regular green tea.

We use the best quality Belgian Chocolate and the freshest Matcha Tea along with rare Madagascar Vanilla to give you a healthful treat for your body and your tastebuds.

NEW!  Matcha Tea Bars made with a Hint of Mint ~ same benefits with just a touch of mint!

For more information on this amazing tea come in and ask our friendly staff.  The uses are endless!

 

 

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