Matcha - what is it?

Matcha is high-quality powdered green tea, the healthiest of all kinds of green tea. Scientists have been studying its medicinal properties for years, and are convinced that its properties are undoubtedly as a result of the production process. The tea plans are shade-grown for at least two weeks before harvest, which slows down their growth. During that time, the leaves become pale-green in colour and produce amino acids, which make the tea sweeter and more aromatic. The leaves are picked, dried and ground into a powder of an intense green colour. So it is with thanks to this process that Matcha is sweeter and smoother than typical green tea.


Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes responsible for the fight against the harmful effects of free radicals. Thanks to antioxidants, we look younger and feel healthier, as well as being protected from dangerous diseases.


However, not all antioxidants are equal. Green tea contains a specific type of these substances, which are known as catechins. One of them - EGCG - is specially powerful and known for its anti-cancer properties.


As well as the substances mentioned above, matcha contains l-theanine, which is responsible for the production of dopamine and serotonin. These hormones affect our mood. Increased levels of them make us relaxed and content.


Although each kind of green tea contains caffeine, the boost of energy we feel when we regulary drink matcha tea stems from its unique composition. Due to the l-theanine, a boost in vigour cna last up to 6 hours.





For three weeks before harvest, the tea leaves are shade-grown, which results in a high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the pigment which makes plants green, but is also detoxifies our blood.


The catechins present in Matcha green tea have the properties of antibiotics, which boosts our general immunity. Only one cup of Matcha provides us additionally with a significant amount of potassium, vitamin A, C, iron, protein and calcium.


Studies have shown that people who drink Matcha regularly have lower levels of the unhealthy LDL cholesterol and higher levels of the healthy HDL. Men who drink Matcha tea suffer 11% less often from cardiovascular diseases than those who do not.


For centuries, Matcha tea has been used by Buddhist monks to relax and calm the mind, without decreasing its sharpness. The substance which invigorates the mind is L-theanine, an amino acid that makes us calm and concentrated, without causing any side effects, such as the ones coffee can lead to.


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