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Matcha, is it that much better for you?

The health benefits associated with drinking green tea have been well discussed. Research has liked green tea with many health benefits:

Much has been made of the amazing health benefits linked to this concentrated form of green tea. Green tea originally made its way from China to Japan in the 111 century.

One of the main benefits to drinking Matcha over other forms of green tea is the fact that with Matcha the whole leaf is finely ground so when you drink Matcha you are actually consuming the entire leaf.

When you brew conventional green teas, you discard the leaves once you have finished brewing them. Few people realise that much of the goodness contained in the tea leaves actually remains in the leaf even after brewing. This means that when you dispose of the tea leaves after use, you are actually wasting a lot of the goodness inherent in the tea.

From this point of view our powdered teas offer a great solution as they, much like Matcha, are the product of grinding the whole tea leaf into a fine powder. It is this consumption of the whole leaf that gives people the concentrated health boost they are after.

  • Inhibiting cancer cell growth.
  • Weight Loss.
  • Lowering the risk of heart disease and strokes.
  • Reducing cholesterol.
  • Anti-stress.
  • Helping with the prevention of gum disease and cavities.

Although green tea is harvested from the same Camellia Sinensis plant as typical black tea, Japanese green tea is steamed to prevent the oxidation of the leaves after harvest and therefore it remains green in colour.

It is this process which helps green tea retain many of its natural antioxidant and antiviral qualities.

Traditional uses for green tea.
Much information about the many health properties associated with drinking green tea are coming to light, but there are also many traditional uses for green tea passed from generation to generation in Japan. Below are just a few of them as a point of interest:
  • Used tea leaves were used placed into netting and used to clean plates and dishes after meals.
  • Children were encouraged to rinse their mouths with green tea after meals at schools.
  • Cooled green tea was used as a traditional treatment for babies nappy rash.
  • The used tea leaves were placed into a stocking and used like a natural body scrub.