Matcha comes from the tea plant Camellia sinesis – the same plant that green tea is extracted from. However, it is grown slightly differently to enhance its nutritional value and effects. Thirty days before harvesting, the plants are covered to block out sunlight. This increases chlorophyll production and amino acid content, which gives matcha it’s unique nutrient profile.
The leaves of the plant are ground up to form a fine powder called matcha, which contains a large amount of caffeine and antioxidants. As it contains the whole leaves, matcha powder is stronger than green tea and is regarded as a superfood, due to its number of impressive health benefits on the body, including disease and cancer prevention, improved brain function and better heart health.
Matcha is rich in catechins, a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants. These help reduce cell damage in the body caused by harmful free radicals, which can accelerate the aging process and increase risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.
Improve cognitive performance
Research suggests that drinking matcha tea may help improve brain performance by enhancing attention, reaction time, and memory. Matcha contains concentrated caffeine which is known to improve brain function and increase alertness. It also contains a compound called L-theanine, which affects how caffeine is processed, helping to promote alertness and prevent the crash in energy that follows caffeine consumption. This means it is often seen as a healthy alternative to a cup of coffee. It is believed L-theanine may help lower stress and increase feelings of relaxation as well.
Protection against cancer
Matcha powder contains high quantities of powerful anti-cancer compounds such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). These compounds may help decrease tumour size, slow progression and kill cancer cells of a number of different types of cancer including, skin, prostate and lung cancers.
Improve heart health
Heart disease is responsible for approximately one-third of all deaths in people over the age of 35. Green tea is known to reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides, which can increase the risk of heart disease. As matcha tea has a similar nutritional profile to green tea, it is believed it may also help improve heart health and lower cholesterol.
Matcha has many health benefits because of its high quantities of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. It is also easy to prepare and many people enjoy the taste. Try our 100% pure Matcha Green Tea Powder which offers three times more antioxidants than green tea. We’ve plucked the leaves, dried them, ground them, and packed them in our 100% recyclable sealed pouches to ensure freshness, with zero additives. This matcha tea powder is a great coffee substitute – just whisk the powder in a bowl with warm water, mix and enjoy.