10 Health Benefits of Japanese Matcha Tea

In Japanese culture, Matcha Tea is widely known and accepted drink. Back in the Tang Dynasty in China, tea leaves were steamed and formed into tea bricks for storage and trade. It became popular in the Song Dynasty where the method of making powdered tea started. Then it became a necessary part of the ritual by Chan or Zen Buddhists.

One of the Zen Buddhists brought Matcha Tea to Japan in 1191 by monk Eisai. In Japan, it became highly integrated at ceremonies by Zen Monasteries and people. From there, Matcha green tea was born. Let us read more about how Matcha Tea can benefit your health.

1.) It helps improve your mental focus because of its high Theanine content. It gives you that surge of energy when you work.

2.) It gives an energy boost without the typical jitter and acidity associated with coffee. Once we get older, our body acidity goes high. Consumption of coffee may give you stomach pains, acid reflux, and complex acid reactions. It is better to have an alternative to coffee the reason some people drink Matcha tea.

3.) It makes your skin look younger.

4.) Matcha has Catechin EGCg, most widely known for its cancer-fighting properties.

5.) Enhances your nerves to make you feel calm but alert.

6.) Boosts memory and concentration.

7.) Increase your endurance up to 6 hours or more. From my experience, it even makes feel active all throughout the day. The endurance makes you even more productive especially if you have two jobs.

8.) Improves your metabolism and helps to burn calories in your body. Personally, drink Matcha Tea before you exercise. It will help you meet your fitness goals X2.

9.) Detoxifies our body from chemical toxins from the food that we eat.

10.) Fortifies the immune system and balances our cholesterol levels.

You get a lot of benefits from Matcha Tea. The list could go longer. I have only 10 on the list. I will keep you updated for more. If you are reading this post and you drink coffee, you should try Matcha Tea. It will give you more than what coffee could offer.

8 Amazing Facts About The Quality Of Matcha Green Tea

It is difficult to tell which Matcha Tea has a ceremonial grade to its quality especially if you are a beginner. In the market, there are products sold on the internet for the same type of Matcha tea powder. Yet the quality is worst compared to products that are known for their quality. The issues of the quality do get everyones attention. Including the specific grades of the powder to use.

How can you tell you purchased a quality Matcha tea? The grade of Matcha is defined by many factors:

1.) Location of the Tea.
2.) Premium quality has strict requirements when they are made. This means young leaves are carefully selected to make the premium tea powder. The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.
3.) The treatment of the tea leaves. Before processing, the leaves are not exposed to sunlight. This type of process makes the powder color appear vibrant green.
4.) The texture, quality, and density.
5.) It is made from stems or leaves. Teas made from stems have different flavor and aroma. They are not bitter. Though tea stems is use for drinking. Stems are by-products of making Matcha. While the leaves selected for Matcha production.
6.) The fineness of the powder.  According to my research, Matcha tea powder from Japan has a darker color compared to China made tea powder.
7.) Tea leaves made from granite stone mills have the best quality. Compared to Matcha Tea made from machines. Granite stone mill is the best for attaining the freshness, texture, color and density of the tea leaves.
8.) The oxidation of the leaves. Tea leaves exposed too much oxygen becomes dull and appears brownish green. You will know if it has the right amount if it smells like hay.

The internet has a vast selection of Matcha Tea and their specific type of grade (which I will cover in my next article). The only way to know what type you are going to buy is to read the labels. In addition, do not be enticed by lower price products. High-quality Matcha Tea is generally expensive above $20 or more.