How is Matcha produced:
Matcha is won by a special cultivation and harvest technique from the tea plant Camellia sinensis. Unlike the cultivation of standard green tea, the tea plant is kept in the shades for up to 20 days before harvest, which boosts the production of Alpha-Theanine and Chlorophyll. After harvest the leaves are laid out flat to dry and afterwards deveined, destemmed and stone ground. The grinding process is very slow to prevent heat and oxidation of the tea which would destroy the aroma.
Matcha - A noble powder
There are different grades to Matcha:
Ceremonial grade: Highest quality Matcha, allowed for the Japanese tea ceremonies. Handpicked and selected quality ground almost always by granite stone mills to very fine particles in the range of 10 microns (100 particles have the thickness of a human hair). The aroma is superior and feasible for the thick “Koicha” (3.75g per 75ml water) as it is used in the Japanese tea ceremony.
Premium grade: High quality Matcha feasible for daily consumption. Selected quality from young tea leaves. Tastes well in the thinner “Usucha” (1.75g per 75ml water) but may sometimes taste grassy and bitter in the thicker Koicha.
Culinary grade: Average quality Matcha. Suitable for cooking. It may sometimes taste bitter in Usucha and is not feasible for Koicha.
There is a huge difference in the effect on human health from the different qualities. The concentrations of the essential chemicals Alpha-Theanine, Epigallocatechin gallate and caffeine will vary significantly in the different qualities. You should always buy high quality ceremonial grade to get the best effect on health and weight loss. Our company has a strict supply sourcing process and only buys organic ceremonial grade Matcha at high quality suppliers from Japan.
Health benefits of Matcha:
But why is Matcha so beneficial?
Well, it has several health benefits as was shown in different studies that were carried out. The biggest health benefits of Matcha are that it can help you to reduce weight, it reduces stress and helps you to be more focused and in has a high amount of antioxidants.
Matcha can help you in several ways to get a slim and healthy body, on a physiochemical level, but also on a psychological level.
Many companies out there tell you for example about their detox diets and give you absolutely no prove of effectivity and no fact check. In our opinion this is misguiding and bad conduct. By the way, there is absolutely no scientific prove for detox diets. It is a fairy tale without any prove. We do not work this way and we want to give you all fact checks and scientific prove. At the bottom of this page you will find a selection of serious scientific studies from several universities that prove the effects of Matcha that we are going to talk about in this chapter. Feel free to go through them as they are very interesting.
Weight loss assistance:
There were a lot of studies carried out on the weight loss function of Matcha. A very good collection of these studies which gave them a fact check at the same time can be found in the article “Effects of green tea on weight loss and weight maintenance. A meta-analysis” published in the International journal of obesity in 2005. The study concluded, that green tea in general has a positive effect on weight loss due to its Catechin-caffeine mix. The metabolism is enhanced by these molecules and burns more fat.
Please, understand that you will not get skinny if you drink Matcha and eat a 3.000 Kilocalories a day. That simply does not work. We need to combine the consumption of Matcha with a balanced diet and fitness. We will take care of a moderate calorie deficit by eating small and doing some sports. Then Matcha will help you to boost your results by burning your fat at a faster rate and enhancing your metabolism.
Antioxidants as health booster:
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the major catechin found in green tea. Besides its weight loss support function together with the caffeine it acts as an antioxidant in the human body and catches free radicals. Free radicals can seriously damage human body cells, which can lead to different diseases in the long turn and is also enhancing the body aging. By catching the free radicals, the consumption of Matcha leads to a broad set of potential benefits. It can help preventing cardiovascular diseases and increase your heart health. It can have a positive effect on your blood sugar level and help to prevent diabetes. Some studies even found that it might have a positive effect on preventing several types of cancer.
It needs to be mentioned here that Matcha has a significantly higher amount of antioxidants than any other tea. The EGCG level is about 3 times higher than in any high quality green tea and even up to 130 times higher than in average quality green tea, as you would get it at a big coffee store. That gives Matcha an ORAC-value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) of about 1400 and makes it one of the top superfoods when it comes to antioxidant function. Blueberries are often said to have one of the highest antioxidants levels. That one of Matcha is more than 10 times higher ...
Matcha contains 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries
Reduction of stress and increased focus:
The Alpha-Theanine in Matcha calms your body down and has a relaxing effect. This has two benefits. First it covers the effect of the caffeine in Matcha, which means you will not get as exited or nervous like after drinking too much coffee. Matcha gives you a state of “relaxed alertness”. On the one hand you are more focused but on the other hand you are also calm and relaxed. Because of this characteristic the Japanese Zen-monks loved to drink it before their very long meditations to keep their focus. Matcha keeps you focused onto your plan to keep going with your sports program or diet plan. It helped me a lot to be more persistent with my diet.
The second effect is that Matcha will simply reduce your stress level. I was a stress eater, so this fact was a huge deal for me! When there was a lot to do with my projects in the chemical company that I have been working for I would come home in the evening and have a huge dinner to get my stress level down and to “reward” myself for the hard day. Matcha, combined with short meditations helped me a lot to keep my stress on a sustainable level and improved my self-management.
You will get this effect after some days to weeks when you drink Matcha every day and leave away the coffee. You will be calmer and much more focused. You will also prevent the ups and downs that you have with coffee. (tiredness, light nausea in the morning etc.) There is absolutely no physical or psychological addiction-effect with Matcha unlike with coffee.
I can promise Matcha will make a huge difference to your whole lifestyle!
L-Theanine - A natural relaxant.
Further scientific literature on the health benefits of Matcha: