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MATCHA GREEN TEA is a high-grade, finely ground, concentrated green tea that has been traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies for hundreds of years. It is made from ground up whole tea leaves making it more potent than standard green tea, which is consumed as an infusion and the leaves discarded. In this concentrated form, the “green tea” health benefits of matcha are amplified!
Matcha’s rich green color is the result of high chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll is the “protein” in plant life, and closely resembles the molecules of human red blood cells. It is responsible for the process of photosynthesis, which creates energy through the absorption of sunlight. Chlorophyll is one of the highest sources of magnesium and USABLE PROTEIN. It is abundant in vitamins K, B and D.
Chlorophyll’s resemblance to human blood cells makes it an effective detoxifier. It is known to aid in the elimination of unwanted toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from your body. Chlorophyll increases the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to cells within the body, which helps the body regenerate and cleanse itself at the cellular level. Consuming a daily cup of matcha is an easy way to incorporate detoxification into your everyday life.
With the help of chlorophyll, MATCHA contains magnesium plus a number of trace minerals manganese, vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K, and as a bonus; ½ a teaspoon contains 306mg of protein.
Matcha is most prized for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant. One study found that matcha contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than other kinds of standard green tea. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the catechins in matcha green tea (EGCG, EGC, ECG and EC) are so powerful that they may actually help prevent cancer, potentially making match one of the top natural cancer treatment options out there.
The chemicals in green tea, especially EGCG and ECG, have substantial free radical-scavenging capability. They have also been proven clinically to protect cells from DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen species. Tea polyphenols have been shown to inhibit tumor cell development and induce cancer cell destruction in laboratory and animal studies.
The catechins in green tea activate detoxification enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase and quinone reductase. These enzymes are praised for preventing tumor growth. These same catechins also protect against damage caused by ultraviolet B radiation and improve immune system function.
MATCHA AND CANCER RESEARCH:
MATCHA – NATURE’S XANAX
According to National Institute of Mental Health anxiety disorders are currently the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Furthermore, anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year.
In 2011, alprazolam (Xanax) was the most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine—with about 49 million prescriptions written. Alprazolam, like other benzodiazepines, works as an anti-anxiety agent by binding to specific sites on GABA receptors in the brain to slow down heart rate and breathing, leading to a greater sense of relaxation. This will further exacerbate the environment in which there is an apparent GABA deficiency. Docking on GABA receptors to activate them without addressing the body’s need to produce its own will in fact create an addictive response to the drug.
Matcha naturally stimulates the body to increase GABA. L-Theanine is a relaxing amino acid found almost exclusively in teas from the Camellia sinensis plant. By drinking matcha you can increase your levels of L-theanine and promote alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. L-theanine has been shown to benefit patients diagnosed with anxiety by increasing levels of dopamine and GABA in the brain.
Matcha contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea. Full-blown sunlight diminishes L-theanine while shading enhances it so the shading techniques farmers use when growing tea for matcha make it richer in L-theanine.
A special note; while the caffeine content is low in matcha, the alertness that is induced by being calm may keep one from falling asleep easily. I have not experienced this myself having consumed matcha as late as 8pm. However, I especially warn clients that already have sleeping issues.
The National Cancer Institute points out that matcha lattes, smoothies and brownies are not as healthful as a cup of properly brewed tea. That said, quality matcha in any form is most likely a healthier choice than say a “Betty Crocker boxed brownie mix”.
MATCHA GREEN TEA LATTE
12 oz. of hot water
2 tsp. of matcha green tea powder
1 tsp. of raw honey
2 Tbl. coconut milk
Whisk together or blend in a blender.
This recipe = 2 g. of protein
To prepare matcha the traditional Japanese way, measure the tea into a heated tea bowl (chawan) with a bent bamboo spoon (chashaku). Add hot but not boiling water – 70°C is about right – then whisk to a froth using a special bamboo whisk (chasen). This last step is what gives matcha its smooth and silky consistency.