Jan 31, 2013

What You Need to Know About Matcha Tea

~ An "About Series" Post ~

Matcha is not your grandmother’s tea. Whether you are an avid tea drinker or a casual sipper, you are likely aware that traditional tea is created by placing leaves -- often contained -- in hot water, creating an infusion. Matcha tea, which can be obtained in a high quality form through Steeped Tea, provides an array of health benefits in a tasty manner by stepping outside the tea bag, so to speak. :)

What It Is

With matcha, the leaves are not discarded once the tea is made, but rather, the leaves are ingested as part of the beverage. It is created by grinding the leaves into an extremely fine powder that boasts a vibrant green hue. The leaves are procured from plants that have been shaded for about three weeks, which results in more flavorful leaves being produced. These are hand-picked, steamed, and dried, as well as deveined along with the removal of stems. Once dried, the leaves are ground.

Benefits of Drinking Matcha

The benefits of matcha are plentiful, but it is its antioxidant properties that are most often touted. These help protect against cancers, heart disease, and general aging issues. Matcha tea provides a small amount of other nutrients and studies have shown it to also be a metabolism booster. Due to the fact the entire leaf is ingested, the drink packs more of a nutrient-rich punch than its traditional steeped tea counterpart.

The potency of the tea does not stop with its antioxidants. A single cup also provides approximately three times the amount of caffeine as you would get from a serving of traditional green tea. However, the pick-me-up that comes along with this beverage is less likely to make you fidgety than other forms of caffeine as it also produces a non-drowsy, relaxing effect.

Matcha is not as easily found as traditional leaves, but it can be ordered through Steeped Tea with an array of flavors available, and created with premium ingredients.

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