What Is Matcha Green Tea Anyway?

matcha-green-tea-healthy-drinkGOT TO LOVE DR. OZ’s HEALTH BREAKFAST:

Ingredients: 1/2 cup
low-fat Greek yogurt —1 banana—–1/2 cup strawberries—–Unsweetened coconut to taste—Ground flaxseed, to desired consistency—Matcha green tea powder, to taste (available at health food stores)
Combine all ingredients and enjoy.

Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes.  While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan.  It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.

What does matcha taste like? Rather complex, bitter, and somehow most people love it.  Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste, an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness.  Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea. The intensity of the experience compares to your first taste of dark chocolate or red wine. When added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler.  It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, latte, savory sauce or pastry.

What are the health benefits of matcha?
Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.  It is sugar-free, an ideal drink for diabetics and others wishing to reduce their sugar intake. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Amino Acids in Matcha
Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind.For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. Some drink it to assist in calm alertness, as its amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer this effect. Amino acids are also what gives matcha is distinctive taste.

How is matcha produced?
Matcha is grown only in Japan, where local farmers cultivate it by traditional methods, from growing to grinding. Matcha Source matcha is farmed by the Yahagi River where the heat and misty fog air make for ideal growing conditions.

You can contact Linda Wolschlager, C.N.C., The Nutrition Advisor, LLC at naturalnutritionadvisor.com / naturalnutritionadvisor@gmail.com.

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  1. How much Matcha Tea a day is recommended if you are trying to strengthen your immune system. Also -I have heard that using Matcha tea in hot water reduces the benefits – is this accurate info? One last Q? – can you ingest too much Matcha tea in a day? Thanks for the great info!

    • One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
      Hot Water does not affect the values. Thanks for reading and your comment questions. Linda

  2. Maybe I w will try it! Thanks

  3. dyana catherine says:

    Where else can matcha be purchased where it HAS NOT been cultivated in Japan? In lieu of high radiation being emitted into Japan environment from reactor’s meltdown I am seeking a different source. Otherwise will need to find an alternative to green macha powder. Please advise.

    • We researched about the tea and it seems that no other country other than Japan harvests macha tea as well and pure as they do, so it means we will have to lay off that tea for now. Until there may be a safe alternative harvesting in Japan, other teas you can get organically like green, white or even black are great for you as well. I know there are a lot of benefits of macha, but I think we should lay off of it for now until Japan can harvest safely. Linda Wolschlager CNC

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