Matcha continues to be more and more popular. Stories about the healthy green tea are making the mainstream media. Top celebrities have been photographed drinking the beverage, and there is a new ice cream. Matcha is the finely powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. For centuries, matcha was reserved for people in the top levels of society. Some people find the tea’s taste bitter, so it is often mixed with something sweet. Nanaya, located in Shizuoka City, Japan, claims to have made the most intense matcha ice cream ever.
The best Matcha Green Tea is ceremonial grade. This means it is covered for thirty days during the growth cycle. This causes the tea to have more chlorophyll and develop its intense green color. The tea leaves are dried and hand ground to produce the fine green powder. When one drinks a cup of matcha, it is not like other tea. In fact, other teas are leaves, and this is a powder. Preparers use a whisk to get the beverage to a frothy consistency. That is also why it is made into smoothies, and other frozen drinks in the U.S. Add a scoop of powder to your favorite smoothie and enjoy the benefits of matcha.
Matcha is the only tea where the whole leaf is in the tea. A cup of tea has 137 times more antioxidants than other green tea. Antioxidants are natural substances that help to prevent damage done by free radicals. This damage includes premature aging and chronic diseases. Scientists use the ORAC scale to measure antioxidant potency. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. Scientists at Tufts University learned that matcha has twenty times the antioxidant power of pomegranates or blueberries.
Additionally, matcha contains a potent type of antioxidant known as catechins. One of the catechins, EGCg, has powerful anti-cancer properties. The catechins protect the body from the effects of smoke, pollution, UV rays and radiation. Finally, matcha is said to improve concentration. In fact, the tea was brought to Japan to help monks concentrate better during hours of chanting. You can enjoy the taste of matcha and receive its health benefits at the same time.