An 800-year-old Asian brew packs a ton of health benefits for whoever drinks it.
Even more, it can tend to your daily caffeine needs, but without giving you the jitters.
Sounds appealing? Then you’ll want to learn more about this nourishing tea of Buddhist origins.
It’s called Matcha, and is actually a green tea that’s far more potent than any regular genus substitutes.
Let’s dive a bit into its ancient origins to understand where it all started, and why it won a revered place at the table of Asian peoples across the centuries.
Towards the late 12th century, Zen master Eisai, who was a Buddhist monk, traveled back to his homeplace in Japan with a pouch full of these special green tea seeds.
They were brought from the mountains near China’s Anhui Province, where he had studied Buddhist practices for about four years.
There he learned, most likely on himself, about the wide array of mental and physical benefits that Matcha tea provides.
Eisai then returned to Japan and let all his friends and acquaintances know about this miraculous brew.
The rumor spread like wildfire, much like what is happening today. Soon, the process of brewing Matcha green tea turned into a meditative ritual meant to embody the Zen feeling.
And the Asian people had good reasons for this. First off, Matcha tea is not your regular green tea.
When prepared, the leaves are de-vined, de-stemmed, then mushed into a fine powder.
In other words, the leaves from which the tea is made of are leveraged at full potential because they are used and consumed wholly.
Due to the high nutrient intake, the health benefits are intensified 10 to 15 times compared to regular grocery green tea.
Now let’s put on our science glasses and see what this Matcha tea is really about.
- It fights off disease
By holding robust amounts of powerful antioxidants, like Catechins, which are anti-carcinogenic, it combats free radicals in your body that are responsible for cancer and various diseases.
Catechins are also found in superfoods you enjoy, such as spinach, dark chocolate, and blueberries.
The content of these concentrated antioxidants in Matcha tea is of 242 mg, compared to an average of 188.8 mg contained by conventional green teas.
- It slows the aging process in both your body and brain
- It can help you shed those extra pounds
Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is a substance contained by the matcha tea leaves that has the ability to convert fat into fuel which goes into your bloodstream.
The process, called thermogenesis, coupled with the caffeine therein, will aid you in your weight loss quest, or will simply boost your energy levels and circulation.
- It has three times more caffeine than green tea
This is actually the exact caffeine amount contained in a cup of coffee, just that it doesn’t come with side effects like jitters and buzz.
Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid renowned for its ability to induce relaxation without the inertia that’s killing your drive.
With so many amazing benefits at the stretch of a kettle, you might want to start brewing this matcha tea right away and test its effects on yourself.
It comes both in the form of tea bags and powder. However, before you proceed, there’s one more important aspect you should consider: distinguishing between a quality and average matcha.
To do so, keep in mind that quality matcha tea powder will have a vivid green color and a fine texture compared to that of baby powder.
Average quality matcha tea will have a distinctive yellowish-green color shade.
As regards to the flavor, a quality matcha will taste grassy and just a sense of bitterness, while average quality ones will have a more bitter and harsh taste.
If you don’t enjoy tea that much, you can still reap the benefits of matcha by blending a cup of powder with a cup of pineapple juice, half of a banana, and a cup of coconut, soy or almond milk.
Regarding the way you’ll prepare the matcha, you should start feeling its effects since day one.
And when you think of survival, stacking a jar of matcha powder for when times become rough or SHTF will go a long way.