Matcha is a great choice for getting extra antioxidants and a boost of energy, calm and clarity. I love to make my Green Tea Latte with some fresh cashew milk (pictured left in my wellness kitchen).
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Matcha tea is a high-quality green tea that is stone-ground after being picked. It is always best to stick to a brand that is certified organic as Matcha greatly varies in quality.
During the last three weeks the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color and also serves as a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have shown that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. I have found it boost memory and enhances calm. It is wonderful for all fellow yogis and I find it useful in meditation as well!
Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, which scavenge for dangerous free radicals in the body and boosts the immune system. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea.
Matcha powder also boosts your body’s metabolism and support a healthy body weight. It is also great in smoothies and ice cream!
"The journey to wellness begins with a sip!"