Matcha tea is a variety of powdered green tea of Japanese origin. It is very popular today, and every day more, for the large number of benefits that it brings in many ways. It far exceeds the antioxidant and energizing effects of orange juice and coffee respectively, while helping to naturally cleanse the body.
Known as ‘powder magic’, this super food has been used in Asian culture for centuries and lately in Western culture.
The difference with traditional green tea is that matcha tea plants are grown in the shade, without direct sunlight. In this way, the color of its leaves is a more intense green, with a sweeter flavor and with more amino acids.
When the leaves are harvested, their veins are fifth, dried, and then crushed. When consumed as a powder, its properties are more concentrated.
Properties of matcha tea.
One of the aspects where matcha tea stands out the most is its antioxidant property, which, compared to the more common rival orange juice, is up to 70 times higher in this regard. This antioxidant effect acts as a shield against oxidative stress and deterioration of the organism.
Contains high value of EGCG, a polyphenolic antioxidant that helps us speed up metabolism, slows the growth of cancer cells.
It contains theine, which is the caffeine in this tea, and theanine, which is the relaxing substance that helps counter the weathering effect produced by the former, this ability is what makes matcha tea better. as an energizer alternative to coffee: you get all the benefits without the negative effects.
Tea stands out for its high concentration of vitamins and chlorophyll, which gives it its special green color, in addition to being up to 9 times richer in beta-carotene than spinach, which says a lot.
It also has a significant nutritional load, as it contains vitamins and minerals such as selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium.
Benefits of matcha tea.
Due to its high content of antioxidants, matcha tea helps fight aging and chronic disease as it generally strengthens the immune system. It also acts against cancer. From a nutritional point of view, it contains catechins, fibers, minerals and vitamins B2, C, D, E and K.
It provides our body with energy that is supplied continuously for up to 10 hours, in this way it allows us to improve physical endurance, while its relaxing properties help to avoid feeling hyperactive and to keep away from it. anxiety and stress.
It is a good detoxifier for the body, lowers cholesterol and sugar levels, and prevents cardiovascular disease.
This tea is not only very low in calories, but it helps to burn them, on the other hand, it speeds up the metabolism. These two typical actions of matcha make it an excellent ally for those looking to lose weight. It has thermogenic properties, it helps in the oxidation of fats, therefore it improves energy consumption by releasing more body heat. It has a great ability to control blood sugar, which will prevent you from compulsively eating.
As if that were not enough, it contains dietary fibers that help fight against constipation and water retention, this diuretic action helps to purify the body.
Matcha tea is an excellent ally to relax thanks to L-theanine, but without causing drowsiness. It gives us energy in addition to reducing stress levels. It promotes our concentration, without increasing nervousness. The caffeine in matcha tea is absorbed by our body very slowly.
Matcha tea uses.
Although we have different varieties on the market, it is usually presented as a green powder which dissolves easily in water, so it can be taken in liquid form.
The best way to consume tea is in its pure form. It is prepared by mixing hot water with the finely ground tea and stirring until it has a smooth and slightly frothy consistency.
Its density can be regulated according to the consumer’s taste, making it more or less liquid. It can also be combined with milk or pieces of fresh fruit.
It is very important not to overdo it, you should not drink more than 6 cups per day (4 if you are sensitive to caffeine).
Consult your doctor for any changes in your daily diet, especially if you have heart disease, kidney disease, or a stomach ulcer.