About matcha tea


What is Matcha Tea?
 Matcha is a kind of green tea, which has originated more than 800 years ago.Initially, it was used predominantly by Buddhist monks and Samurai, it was not consumed in Europe until recently.Matcha Tea is 100 % pure green tea.No colourings, additives or preservatives.The emerald green colour is caused by the amount of chlorophyll in the tea-leaves, which is the result of shading the tea plants.


 
What’s the difference between Matcha and green tea powder?
 Four weeks prior to the annual harvest, tea fields are completely covered with tarpaulins.This special shading technique blocks up to 90% of sunlight. Plants grow almost in the dark and they compensate for the missing light by excessive production of chlorophyll. It is, in fact, chlorophyll enriched with amino acids that the emerald green colour arises from. After drying, the veins and leafstalks are removed from the tea-leaves and tea pulp is ground into a fine powder.
 
Why drink Matcha tea?
 Matcha is highly nutritious and has an impressive ORAC score, over 1380 units. The ORAC score indicates the amount of antioxidants in tea, which is higher than in blueberries and Acai berries. The recommended daily value of antioxidants should be around 3000-5000 ORAC units. This is equivalent of two Matcha Tea bags, i.e. 4 g per day. A higher intake of antioxidants may result in so called detoxification, but matcha is also often sought for these purposes. Remember that Matcha is not only one qualitative sort of green tea. There are more than 10 different kinds of matcha, which differ especially in colour and taste. Our individual product lines offer you a choice of the higher to the highest grades of matcha. We have obtained appropriate certificates for all teas offered, we have supplies regularly tested at the Institute of Chemical Technology and our matcha is solely bought directly from its producer in Japan. The popularity of matcha is gradually rising and thus a lot of cheap imitations from China are entering market. In case, you receive an offer for matcha at a suspiciously low price, ask the seller for quality certifications, analyses of pesticides and a certificate of origin of the product. It is our standard to have all these documents and provide them to you upon your request anytime. In 2013, we were the first company to get matcha BIO certified by the Czech certification committee KEZ. We will strive to ensure BIO certification for all our products in the future.
 
Matcha has a beautiful emerald colour. Are there some colours added?
 Matcha is 100% pure green tea. No colours, additives, preservatives are added. The emerald green color is associated with the amount of chlorophyll in the tea leaves, which is caused by shading the tea plants. Four weeks before the annual harvest time, the plants are completely covered with not transparent nets. This special shadow technology holds up to 90% of the sunlight. The plants actually grow in the dark and compensate for the lack of light by producing an excessive amount of chlorophyll. Precisely the chlorophyll, enriched with amino acids, provides the emerald green color.
 
 How it is possible that I do not like the taste of Matcha?
 We live in the world where most of our food contains a lot of sugar and artificial sweeteners. Therefore we are not used to the taste of green tea. Most people often find out that they start to like matcha after a few first cups (You did not like your firts cup of coffe, did you?). It is a different taste and you need to get use to it, then you will love it. If you still do not like the tea after some attempts, it is good idea to sweeten it with a natural sweetener like honey. Very popular is also Matcha tea with natural elder blossom syrup or Matcha Latte (with milk).
 
What's the difference between Matcha tea and coffee?
 The main difference between Matcha and coffee lies in the nutrients that naturally occur in both drinks. Coffee contains a strong stimulant. Matcha contains theophylline and theanine and, in addition, many minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants. The essential difference is in releasing the energy. With coffee, it is released almost immediately, and it reaches its peak after 45 minutes. Matcha releases energy gradually and you should be "charged" for +-6 hours.
Theophylline in Matcha is a stimulant that can only be found in tea and works very differently than caffeine. Caffeine is a very fast acting stimulant, which is immediately found in the bloodstream. The effects are felt within minutes and culminate for 30 to 45 minutes. The peak is often associated with nervousness, sweating and then a weakening or numbness. Theophylline works very differently. Matcha contains large quantities of nutrients, which gradually absorbs theophylline into the blood. This leads to a slow release of energy over a period of 3 to 6 hours.
The amino acids and theanine in Matcha tea also help keep the mind relaxed, which at the same time is beneficial for the body. Matcha tea is pH neutral, while coffee is acidic and often leads to digestive problems and loss of appetite.


 
What is theofylline?
 Theophylline is a stimulant that can only be found in tea and works very differently than caffeine. Caffeine is a very fast acting stimulant, which is immediately found in the bloodstream. The effects are felt within minutes and culminate for 30 to 45 minutes. The peak is often associated with nervousness, sweating and then a weakening or numbness. Theophylline works very differently. Matcha contains large quantities of nutrients, which gradually absorbs theophylline into the blood. This leads to a slow release of energy over a period of 3 to 6 hours.
The amino acids and theanine in Matcha tea also help keep the mind relaxed, which at the same time is beneficial for the body. Matcha tea is pH neutral, while coffee is acidic and often leads to digestive problems and loss of appetite.

 
Can children drink Matcha tea?
 According to a study by the Canadian Nutrition Inspectorate, which was prepared for children under the age of 12, children may also drink tea, but in limited amounts.
4-6 years: 45 mg = 1.5 g of Matcha tea per day
7-9 years: 63 mg = 2.1 g Matcha tea per day
10-12 years: 85 mg = 3.2 g Matcha tea per day
Does Matcha tea help with weight loos?
 According to the recent publication of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition (an organization active in the field of healthy nutrition), the consumption of high-quality green tea increases distribution of energy in the body, accelerating metabolism by 30 to 40 %. That means that drinking Matcha tea is very helpfull to weight loss. This is very interesting because the increased burning of calories that occurs by drinking high-quality green tea does not adversely affect blood pressure, which can happen with pills for weight loss.
Composition?
 Vitamine A, kofein, protein, amino acids, vitamine C, Fibre, Zinc, Catechin, Vitamine E, Iron, Calcium, Potasium

Studies about Matcha Tea

Recently, various studies about effect of Matcha on human health has been published wordwide. These show its unique properties. The main reason is with no doubt that the tea leaves are consumed so you don't drink just an infusion. That is why one cup of Matcha tea is equal to ten cups or ordinary green tea.


BLOOD SUGAR - DIABETES

  • Effect of 2-Month Controlled Green Tea Intervention on Lipoprotein Cholesterol, Glucose, and Hormone Levels in Healthy Postmenopausal Wome -> Link here

  • Matcha Ameliorates the Progression of Renal and Hepatic Damage in Type 2 Diabetic -> Link here

  • Green tea may reduce hyperglycemia (high blood sugar level) and cholesterol with diabetes. -> Link here

  • The polysaccharides in matcha absorb glucose and may reduce glucose levels in the blood -> Link here

EFFECT OF MATCHA ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF CANCER

  • Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Polyphenon E in Prostate Cancer Patients before Prostatectomy -> Link Here

  • Randomised controlled trial of green tea extract versus placebo for nutriprevention of colorectal cancer -> Link here

  • Inhibition of urinary bladder tumors induced by N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl)-nitrosamine in rats by green tea -> Link here

  • The carbohydrates in tea show a strong anti-tumor effect in test animals with cancer of the liver. -> Link here

  • Matcha appears effective in cases of pancreatic cancer. -> Link here

  • EGCG in matcha has been shown to slow the growth of melanomas. -> Link here

  • Green and black tea in relation to gynecologic cancers. Green tea may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. -> Link here

  • Breast cancer has been reduced due to the effectiveness of a treatment with matcha green tea. -> Link here

  • EGCGs in matcha have been shown to kill cancer cells of different types including prostate cancer cells. Furthermore, the ECGCs do not have an apoptotic effect on healthy cells. -> Link here

SLEEP QUALITY, HYPERACTIVITY, ADHD

  • The effects of L-theanine on objective sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -> Link Here

ATTENTION, VIGILANCE, BRAIN, MOOD

  • Assessing the effects of caffeine and theanine on the maintenance of vigilance during a sustained attention task -> Link here

  • The EGCG catechins in matcha have been shown to have an immediate positive effect on the cognitive nervous system -> Link here

  • The EGCGs in matcha may protect the nerve cells. Studies have shown that green tea may slow down the development of Alzheimer's. -> Link here

  • Matcha may reduce depression and fear caused by stress. -> Link here

HEART AND BLOOD PRESSURE

  • L-Theanine in green tea stimulates blood vessels and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems. -> Link here

  • Drinking matcha may help to prevent coronary atherosclerosis. -> Link here

OTHER STUDIES
  • Alzheimer -> Link here
  • Preventing Influenza (FLU) Infection among Healthcare Workers -> Link here
  • Drink Green Tea For Healthy Teeth And Gums -> Link here
  • Effect of green tea (matcha) on gastrointestinal tract absorption -> Link here
  • Etermination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography -> Link here