Origins And Benefits Of Matcha Tea

  • Matcha Tea has long been associated with ancient Zen tea-drinking ceremonies performed by monks.
  • It is part of the Zen mindfulness meditation, where the entire process of preparing and drinking tea is a complete meditation.
  • The fine green tea offers minerals, vitamins, polyphenols (a form of antioxidants) and other nutrients that regulate blood sugar and protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Drinking matcha tea using the ‘slow down’ technique of Zen monks has added benefits: lower inflammation, lower blood pressure, and reduced stress hormones.
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Matcha Green Tea

Matcha is a trendy new green tea which is finely powdered, and traditionally mixed with hot water, whisked and drunk.

The matcha tea is manufactured in a delicate manner to preserve their texture and flavour. They are dried and aged before being stone-ground into fine powder. It has about the same amount of caffeine as found in coffee, along with a natural substance called l-theanine, which induces an ‘alert calm’ in the body, a kind of relaxation without drowsiness.

The strong, umami taste of Matcha tea is like a mixture of grass and spinach and may need to be sweetened to taste, though milk is not recommended.

Lead consumption is a concern, as with all kinds of green teas. Matcha tea may have more lead content than other green teas.

Apart from tea, matcha powder can be used as an ingredient in various dishes like muffins, brownies and puddings.

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More and more people are nowadays consuming matcha for both its herbal flavor and health benefits.

Matcha became known in the 11th century when Buddhist monks started using it in order to stay awake throughout the night. In America, it was actress Gwyneth Paltrow who advertised its miraculous effects. In regards to its origins, the tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, cultivated for the first time in China. While the highest quality matcha, called ceremonial grade, was once reserved for royalty, everyday matcha, also known as culinary grade, is currently used for cooking.

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Instant coffee is made from brewed coffee that has had the water removed. To make instant coffee, simply add one teaspoon of powder to a cup of warm water.

L-theanine is found in tea

L-theanine is a compound that occurs naturally in green tea and black tea and it is also available in supplement form. L-theanine can help with relaxation, focus, and sleep. 

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