Recently I visited Japan with my family (awesome country!) and while in Kyoto, we took part in a traditional tea ceremony. It’s a super elaborate ritual, which has been part of the Japanese culture for centuries, and we loved it. A gracious and beautiful tradition, it involves the preparation and presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea. Matcha is made from high quality leaves, which are very carefully harvested and produced, resulting in its unique flavor and numerous health benefits.
Loaded with antioxidants
One serving of matcha is like having 10 cups of regular brewed green tea! That's because, when we drink matcha, we’re drinking the entire leaf, which means we’re receiving 100% of the nutrients. And of course we know that all those antioxidants it has help prevent aging and chronic diseases!
Aids in weight loss
I have your attention now – and it’s true! Due to its high concentration of the antioxidant catechin, matcha green tea helps boost our metabolism and burn calories, more than any other tea out there, green or otherwise!
Put down that mug: coffee has competition! Matcha is a great at providing energy, but without those jitters so many of us get from drinking coffee because it has half the caffeine. Less caffeine but more energizing? Order me that matcha latte stat!
Supports our immune systems
Matcha contains vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium – all effective in help fighting off viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.
Buddhist monks use matcha as a health elixir and drink it before meditation, so we know it can soothe, as well as invigorate. Basically matcha tea calms the mind and relaxes the body, but at the same time provides us with mental acuity and energy.
How do you take your matcha?