You might have heard enough about the health benefits of green tea. Matcha is a type of green tea, which originated in Japan. This powdered green tea is a popular beverage of the Japanese tea ceremonies. The immense health benefits of this popular Japanese tea have made it popular in recent years in North America. Although China is the birthplace of green tea, the matcha green tea was made popular by the Japanese monks residing in the Zen Buddhist monasteries.
Before harvesting, the tealeaves used for making matcha green tea are grown in shade for nearly three weeks. This process increases the amino acid content in the leaves, which gives the matcha green tea its typical sweet flavor.
Types of matcha tea
Usually there are two varieties of matcha tea. The Usucha is the most popular matcha tea variety. This matcha variety is suitable for first time matcha green tea drinkers. While Usucha Matcha is made from leaves of tea plants that are less than 15 years old, the more expensive Koicha Matcha is made from leaves of plants more than 30 years old. Compared to Usucha, Koicha is thicker and sweeter.
Benefits of matcha tea
Matcha green tea is more powerful than regular green tea. It is one of the best sources of antioxidants. It has more antioxidants than popular antioxidant rich fruits such as oranges and blueberries. Matcha tea is a rich source of EGCG. EGCG is an antioxidant, which is believed to be more powerful than vitamins C and E. This super food is a favorite beverage of the Zen Buddhist monks. This tea helped the monks to strengthen their concentration power during medication. To improve your cognitive skills, you can drink one or two cups of matcha green tea everyday. Matcha tea is a rich source of beta carotenoids and vitamin C. The antibacterial and antiviral properties of the tea could protect you from infections. The antioxidant property of the tea could boost your immunity. It is good for the skin, heart and brain. Another advantage of this powdered tea is that unlike drinking normal tea, when you drink matcha tea, you consume the leaves along with the fluid. This helps your body to get the entire benefit of the tea.