Nutrition and DietMatcha green tea: what it is, benefits and properties

Matcha green tea: what it is, benefits and properties

Matcha tea is a variety of Japanese tea with incredible medicinal benefits and healing properties ideal for enjoying good health. Find out what this delicious drink consists of.

  • Matcha tea is a delicious variety of green tea, much smoother and more aromatic.
  • It provides many qualities and benefits for health, when its consumption is regular.
  • In addition, it is commonly used in the preparation of drinks and desserts.

Japan stands out for being a country where green tea consumption is as high as, for example, coffee consumption in Spain. In addition, it is surprising not only because of the great tradition that it has around this mythical and popular drink, but also because of the great diversity of varieties of tea that we can find in this beautiful eastern country.

Among those most known and consumed varieties we can find Bancha tea (common tea), known as Gyokuro tea (jade dew), Genmaicha tea (variety of tea with roasted rice grain), Kabusecha tea (covered tea), Hojicha tea (deliciously roasted tea), Kukicha tea (stem tea), Tamaryokucha tea (the popular green tea ball), Sencha tea (roasted tea) and Matcha tea  (also popularly known as Matcha green tea).

It is a variety of tea that is characterized by being a ground green tea, so that unlike other types of green tea, it is presented and sold in powder form, with that characteristic green color that distinguishes it so much.

It is one of the teas traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, and due to its presentation as ground tea, its use is very common not only for the preparation of the tea drink itself, but also highlights its use in the kitchen, either in the preparation of classic Japanese desserts, ice creams and cakes.

How is the preparation of Matcha green tea?

The production of this type of tea begins weeks before its harvest, when the tea plant is covered in order to hide it from the sun, creating a darker green tone in its leaves, and also delaying both its development and growth. .

This cultivation habit is what provides the possibility for Matcha green tea to acquire not only that characteristic color, but also its sweet taste since it allows its amino acid content to increase.

After harvesting its leaves are dried on a flat surface, both the veins and the stem are removed and ground several times in order to achieve the finest texture possible.

The benefits of Matcha green tea

Very rich in antioxidants

The Flavonoids are plant pigments found in many plants, which provide a good variety of health benefits. Matcha green tea is very rich in flavonoids, which means that it becomes a tremendously antioxidant drink, especially due to the presence of what are known as tea catechins.

These catechins have a great capacity to neutralize the negative action of free radicals, helping positively to reduce the effects they exert on our body.

It also provides vitamin C, an essential nutrient when it comes to preventing cancer, strengthening our defenses and helping in the natural cleansing process of our body, for example preventing fluid retention or eliminating toxins.

High tannin content

In addition to being very rich in flavonoids, Matcha tea has a high concentration of tannins, which act as mild laxatives, which means that it becomes an ideal variety of tea when it comes to improving intestinal transit, in a totally natural way. And simple.

Helps to lose weight

If we take into account that the tannins present in Matcha green tea fundamentally act as a detoxifier, cleanser and mild laxative, there is no doubt that it becomes an ideal tea to lose weight and lose weight.

Among its recognized qualities in this regard, we must highlight above all its ability to  increase metabolism, and therefore increase the burning of calories by our body.

Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Precisely because of its high antioxidant content, it is an ideal drink to reduce high levels of fats in the blood, helping especially when it comes to reducing high cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as body fat, especially if combined with the practice of physical exercise.

On the other hand, it has been found that a regular consumption of Matcha tea helps lower blood sugar levels, being in turn suitable for people with diabetes by not raising insulin levels.

Provides vitality

Recent studies have found that consuming Matcha green tea on a regular basis is useful to provide vitality to our body, acting naturally when it comes to providing us with energy. In fact, it has been shown that Matcha tea is capable of improving the physical resistance of those who consume it regularly.

How to prepare Matcha tea:

The truth is that preparing a Matcha green tea is extremely simple. But for this, in addition to the tea and water itself, you need a fine strainer and a Japanese brush commonly used to make this traditional drink (in case you don’t have it, it will work with a small spoon).

Ingredients you need

  • 2 tablespoons Matcha green tea
  • 1 cup of water

Steps to make Matcha green tea

First heat a little water in a saucepan, and when it reaches a temperature of about 80 ºC, pour it into the cup where you are going to serve the tea in order to heat it. Then discard this water and dry the cup very carefully.

Sift with the help of a strainer the amount of Matcha green tea that you are going to use to make the tea (this time 2 tablespoons). Strain finely to remove any type of impurity that may exist, letting it fall directly on the cup where you are going to drink it.

Meanwhile, heat the equivalent of 1 cup of water, but without exceeding 80º C. Then add the hot water on top of the green tea and use the brush or spoon to beat the green tea until it is integrated with the hot water, and foam up. Ready! Let’s enjoy it.

Main contraindications of Matcha tea

We are faced with a variety of tea considered safe, in the same way it happens with green tea. However, we must bear in mind that there are a series of contraindications that can make Matcha tea not so recommended.

As with other varieties of tea, Matcha tea contains caffeine, so if it is consumed in excess it can produce some adverse symptoms such as irritability, palpitations, dizziness and headache.

For this reason, it is advisable to ask your doctor before drinking Matcha tea if you suffer from a heart, kidney or stomach ulcer.

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