If they told you that there is an infusion with which you can get eight hours of energy and, at the same time, an alert immune system, your relaxed body, cholesterol under control, a light digestion and an overdose of antioxidants, you would surely think that they are exaggerating. But it exists. Matcha tea is a legendary drink of Japanese origin, reserved for years to Buddhist monks, who a while ago landed in the West and came to stay.
This oriental tea, the big brother of green tea, awakens so much fanaticism that it is practically a boom in New York and is achieved everywhere. In addition to infusion, they prepare it in the form of ice cream and even pastry delicacies prepared with matcha tea as an ingredient. Its antioxidant qualities are its greatest attribute. According to different studies, it has four times more than conventional green tea and far exceeds the content of blueberries, which until now were in the lead as the “superfoods” with more antioxidants.
The secret of matcha tea is in the leaf collection and processing system. The Camellia sinensis, the scientific name of the plant that gives rise to tea, is covered during its growth process with bamboo leaves to protect it from the sun and increase the presence of chlorophyll. Then, the youngest and tender leaves are selected manually, the stems and veins or ribs are removed and dried in the shade so as not to change their color or their qualities. Once dry, they are crushed in a stone and granite mill. Green tea has a characteristic antioxidant called catechin, to which it owes its enormous power. Matcha tea, being a pure crushed leaf, has a concentration of antioxidants much higher than that of conventional green tea.
How does it act?
A cup of matcha tea can provide up to eight hours of energy. The twin that it has, in combination with the tannins of tea, provides a more delicate stimulating effect than coffee. It also benefits the cardiovascular system, promotes circulation and helps control cholesterol, since it protects the body’s fats from oxidation. Chlorophyll, vitamins, folic acid, and natural fiber are other of its many attributes.
How to drink it?
The fusion cuisine incorporated it quickly to amalgamate East and West. It can be found many times in pastry since its attractive color invited great confectioners of the world to add it to their recipes: ice creams, chocolates, and cakes. In the Chinatown of the Bajo Belgrano, from time to time, you get some goodies.
To consume it every day, the infusion is the best way. The extraction of its best qualities is always greater starting from hot water, although you can also prepare cold drinks and mix juices and smoothies. The highest quality and which guarantees the production process comes from Japan, although China is the second producer in the world and you also get matcha tea from Taiwan.
How do you prepare step by step :
- Serve tea. Place a tablespoon of tea covered flush with matcha in a cup.
- Add the water. Heat the water to 80 ° C (when it begins to bubble) and serve two fingers of water.
- Smooth beat. With a small whisk (the traditional one is bamboo, but the milk frother works), mix until the powder dissolves in the hot water.
- Beat with energy. Complete the cup with the rest of the water and beat intensely. It has to generate a foam. You can add honey, lemon or milk.
Benefits of matcha tea:
It has become one of the favorite drinks of the most modern, models, actors and all those who care about their health and fitness.you can try it also if you are stacking under your bamboo pillow and can not wake up early in the morning. Let’s see 9 important benefits of matcha tea that we should know.
Matcha tea is very rich in flavonoids, a very beneficial vegetable pigments that make it a powerful antioxidant. Tea catechins neutralize the action of free radicals so it prevents aging and numerous diseases.
Improves the immune system
Catechins and vitamin C help prevent cancer, strengthen defenses and facilitate the process of natural cleansing of our body, preventing fluid retention or eliminating toxins.
It favors intestinal transit
Its high levels of tannins and natural fiber make it improve intestinal transit, in a completely natural and simple way.
Help to lose weight
It is precisely thanks to that gentle and cleansing laxative effect that makes matcha tea a great ally when it comes to weight loss and weight loss because, in addition, it activates the metabolism and promotes the burning of calories by our body.
Reduce cholesterol and blood sugar
Thanks to its antioxidant content, matcha reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels without raising insulin levels or blood pressure because it lowers high levels of fats in the blood.
A cup of matcha tea at breakfast provides 6 to 10 hours of energy without the side effects of coffee because it contains theine instead of caffeine. It also improves physical resistance.
Detoxifies and helps the digestive system
The niacin that contains matcha is beneficial for some gastrointestinal disorders, facilitates the elimination of chemicals and improves digestion. In addition, as it is rich in chlorophyll it is a powerful detoxifier, it favors the cleaning of the blood and helps to eliminate toxins, heavy metals, toxins, dioxins and hormonal disruptors from the body.
Although before we said that matcha tea is energizing also has soothing properties, improves mood and helps in concentration thanks to L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being but without producing drowsiness.
Matcha tea, thanks to the catechins and the fluorine it contains, prevents the appearance of cavities and eliminates bad breath.