What is Matcha?

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Matcha, what is it?


There are many kinds of green tea extracts available in the market but one of the most important ingredient that has taste as well as tons of health benefits is the Matcha. Matcha green tea powder is a unique variety of tea which comes only from Japan as the soil, the geographical and the climatic conditions play an important role in its production. History tells us that the Matcha green tea was brought from the Tang Dynasty of China to Japan by a monk named Eisai.

This green tea extract is made from the highest quality Gyokuro (translates to “Jewel Due”) green tea. Gyokuro differs as it’s grown in the shade, but still comes from the same family of Camellia Sinensis, but just a variation in the type. Matcha green tea has a greenish colour and a powdery texture. It is subtly sweet but also has a savoury touch in its taste. The wondrous green tea extract is used as a natural weight loss aid, an anti-antioxidant powerhouse and pH balancer.

As we all know the about the devastating and sad story of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in japan, natures slim tea sources its Green tea extract from the Fujian highlands in china. We are merely examining the labelled names of matcha and green tea extract, both deliver Antioxidants, Catechins, Polyphenols and EGCG.

Matcha & Green Tea Extract

EGCG Matcha the Chemical Structure

The green tea extract is an important food/ tea ingredient as well as a significant remedy to many diseases. Following are some of its uses , the green tea powder:

  • Slim Tea: When added to hot water for making a slimming tea. This is one ingredient that has been found to speed metabolism, leading to easy burning of fat and reduction of cholesterol reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Anti-Cancer: The EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) fights cancer and AIDS (Autoimmune Deficiency Syndrome). The EGCG have been shown to reduce AIDS plaques and reduce carcinogenic cells.
  • Mood Enhancer: It contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which is known to relax the mind. Its also known as a mood enhancer. Amino acids are also what gives matcha its distinctive and distinguishable taste. Buddhist monks drank it to assist in meditation, as matcha’s amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time.
  • Used in Anti-diuretics: scientifically proven to be a natural diuretic reduce the risk of diabetes insipidus.
  • Food uses: It is also commonly found in green tea ice cream. Baking with matcha can be enjoyed in cakes and puddings. Adding it to food is a great and fun way to enjoy its benefits. like in Latte, in Lemonades, and smoothies are favourites for many people. This ingredient can be added to noodles and other savoury dishes too.
  • Antioxidant Factory: It also happens to contain the highest concentration of antioxidants known to mankind. The antioxidants found in matcha are mostly catechins. One cup of Matcha contains antioxidants as much as ten cups of regularly brewed green tea have. The unique antioxidants function to protect the body from free radicals which we are exposed to every day through UV rays and pollution.
  • Muscle Relaxant: Its one of those amazing ingredients that reduces stress and relaxes ones muscles.
  • Immune boosters: It improves immunity, strengthening the immune cells like our T and B cells.
  • Energizer: The leaves are hidden from direct sunlight and contain higher levels of chlorophyll as compared to other green teas. Chlorophyll being a great detoxifier helps to remove toxins, metals and chemicals from the body, thus acting as an energizer for the body.
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