Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that matcha is all the hype these days. This brighter shade of green tea that is gaining more and more popularity is made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a powder and it is whisked into the water or milk. It is believed that matcha originated in Japan and has traditionally been an important part of Japanese tea ceremonies. Consequently, the best matcha in the world also comes from Japan!
How is matcha good for your health?
As you may have already heard, matcha is well known for its antioxidant properties. Research shows that matcha is very rich in antioxidants called catechins. More importantly it contains an important catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). The unique thing about these powerful catechins is that they are not commonly found in any other food.
Additionally, matcha may also help to reduce the risks of cancer, prevent type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease, encourage weight loss and even help to heal your skin. Also, calling green the colour of health has never been more appropriate.
The chlorophyll-rich matcha powder helps to cleanse and purify yourself of any harmful toxins. Although there is much more to be clinically studied about green tea, there are quite a few interesting studies about the health benefits of matcha. For instance, a study designed to measure the brain function of matcha drinkers showed that after 12 weeks of matcha consumption, their memory, reaction time and attention increased significantly. Matcha is also said to give a healthy caffeine high. Unlike coffee that skyrockets your adrenaline, matcha has the ability to create a calm alertness with just a quarter of the caffeine without any of the heart pounding jitters.
The difference between matcha and green tea
Starting from their own unique flavour profiles, green tea and matcha have more differences that you might think. For instance, matcha has a rich, intense flavour with a smooth velvety texture and it is often mixed with milk and/or sweeteners when consumed. On the other hand, green tea has a fresh, delicate flavour and is often consumed with water and without any sweeteners.
Furthermore, there are significant differences in the health benefits between matcha and green tea too. For instance, studies show that one serving matcha has the nutritional value equivalent to that of ten cups of regular green tea!
All in all, the increasing popularity of matcha in all parts of the world has brought its amazing properties to light. With different grades and qualities of matcha available, be sure you get organic and high-quality matcha to ensure that you get to enjoy the best flavours of matcha and all its health benefits! At Tipson, our research and development team has worked hard to develop some of the most delicious matcha infused herbal infusions to bring you all the benefits in a cup!