Matcha is a superfood in the truest sense of the word.
Packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, matcha is so healthy that the next best entry on the "superfood" list (it's goji berries) contains 5 times less antioxidants than matcha green tea.
It's quite simple.
When you drink other teas, you normally brew the tea and then dispose of the teabag or loose leaves.
The actual leaves are not consumed.
Which is disappointing, because over 80% of the tea's nutrients are contained within the tea leaf itself.
That's right, a cup of regular tea usually contains less than 20% of the potential health benefits.
Matcha is the green tea leaf, stone ground into fine powder.
When you drink a bowl of matcha, you mix the powder into hot water - therefore letting you to consume the entire leaf in a rich, emerald green tea.
So that's where the magic happens, and why matcha green tea is the healthiest tea experience in the world.
You've seen this word before.
And with good reason - antioxidants are much more than just a health buzzword.
Apart from helping you look and feel younger and healthier, antioxidants are your body's key defense against oxidants (Get it? Anti-oxidants).
Also known as "free radicals", oxidants are basically bad things in the environment which can adversely affect your health.
Examples include air pollution, cigarette smoke, UV radiation, alcohol and drugs.
It's pretty hard to stay away from oxidants completely in this day and age, because they exist all around us.
Thankfully, a daily bowl of fine matcha will go a long way in maintaining a positive level of beneficial antioxidants in your body.
Matcha and antioxidants - helping you be the healthiest version of yourself you can be.
One of the best things about matcha is the energy boost it gives you, that can be likened to, but is so much better, than a cup of joe.
Coffee hits you hard, giving you a sharp caffeine spike while putting your heart rate and adrenal glands into overdrive.
It also causes you to crash a couple of hours later, leaving you depleted and devoid of energy.
Somewhere in the middle, you probably enter the coffee "jitter zone" - a feeling of anxiousness and hypertension that can't be described as pleasant.
Matcha, on the other hand, is a far more refined affair.
The tea's lighter caffeine content combines with another amino acid present in the leaves called L-Theanine, which slows down the caffeine absorption process.
The end result is 3-6 hours of long lasting, slow release energy, which does not include any feelings of jittery nervousness.
Say hello to the finest energy drink around.
There's a good reason why Zen Buddhist monks consume matcha as their drink of choice.
The monks believed it helped them in their sacred meditation rituals.
We now know through modern science that the key to attaining this apparent state of zen is due to the L-Theanine in matcha tea leaves.
L-Theanine stimulates the production of "alpha waves" in the brain, which create a relaxed sense of mental clarity.
Of course, other caffeinated beverages produce alpha waves too, but these come with a whole host of unpleasant side effects - none of which are present in matcha green tea.
Attain your own higher state of consciousness, with a bowl of Japan's finest matcha.
Ready to get acquainted with the finest tea in the world?