Matcha is the Ultimate Superfood
No matter what grade you choose, matcha’s most notable trait is the impressive amount of health benefits it possesses. While green tea is already a forerunner in the health arena, the majority of its nutrients are wasted, thrown away with the discarded tea leaves. Since those same tea leaves are ground whole to make matcha, you are drinking the entire leaf and gaining all the benefits available.
LOADED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that matcha has been found to contain one of the highest concentrations of the potent antioxidant EGCG, which is linked to the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and impaired immune function. It also helps to regulate cholesterol, blood pressure, boost metabolism, and burn fat. Drinking matcha regularly also helps to flush the system of toxins.
MATCHA vs CANCER
Why is this important?
EGCg, an antioxidant found only in green tea, is the catechin with the most renowned cancer–fighting properties“Three cups of green tea a day decreases breast cancer risk by half”
-Dr. Kristi Pado Funk, Pink Lotus Breast Center, Beverly Hills
Studies report that the antioxidants in green tea may prevent some forms of cancer (thanks to potent EGCG catechins) and may also ease the pain of already ailing patients. Catechins in green tea have been shown to boost resistance to bladder, breast, lung, pancreas, skin, and stomach cancer, and can even reduce aftereffects of chemotherapy. Some cancer patients who drink matcha regularly have also reported a reduction of symptoms. While cancer research is still ongoing, current studies show that matcha is a potent aid in the fight against this disease. Please see our Matcha and Science page for more studies.
MATCHA & DIABETES PREVENTION
Japanese studies have found that green tea is profound as a glucose regulator. Several chemicals and catechins (including the aforementioned EGCG) found in matcha can lower blood sugar and can help reduce the risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Green Tea's metabolism-boosting properties can also assist in weight loss and obesity prevention.
MATCHA & CAFFEINE
1 gram of matcha contains roughly 35mg of caffeine, which is approximately 1/3 the caffeine of a cup of brewed coffee. This is a moderate amount of caffeine but is easily tolerated by many people for whom coffee makes them jittery. This is because of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring compound found in green tea which slows the release of caffeine into the body. It typically takes a good three (3) to six (6) hours for this amount of caffeine to be absorbed into the bloodstream (15 minutes for coffee) and yet the wakefulness effects are apparent almost immediately upon drinking it.
Because the caffeine molecules in matcha bind to larger and more stable molecules, the caffeine is released over time into the bloodstream instead of all at once like with coffee. In contrast to coffee, this timed-release mechanism tends to inhibit any sudden insulin increases so there is no “crash” associated with quick drops in blood sugar that so many coffee drinkers feel an hour or so after drinking a cup. Matcha DOES NOT stimulate the production of cortisol (the stress hormone) as coffee does. This produces an unusual effect on matcha drinkers; an uncanny ability to focus and be productive over an extended period of a few hours (for some, the effect can last up to six hours).
MATCHA & WEIGHT LOSS
Athletes prefer matcha as both a natural supplement and workout aid. The caffeine and L-Theanine in a cup of matcha are perfect for keeping energy up during a workout and the protein helps build muscle. However, it’s not just athletes that love matcha; anybody trying to lose weight or regulate their metabolism will get a lot out of matcha. The fiber in matcha works to help maintain digestion and boost metabolism making matcha a perfect weight-loss drink when combined with exercise. It can also regulate blood sugar to reduce the risk of Type-2 Diabetes.
Nutrition, Vitamins, and Minerals
Mineral and Others
- Polyphenols and Antioxidants
- Pantothenic Acid
- Ascorbic Acid
- Vitamin A Beta Carotene
- Vitamin A Retinol Equivalent
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet!
People now wonder how safe Japanese matcha tea really is. Below is a summation of facts about our matcha:
1) Our tea is grown on farms in the Southwest of Japan, approximately a 10-hour drive from Fukushima (more than 600km)
2) Our matcha has previously been tested for residues of pesticides and heavy metals. Since the Fukushima disaster standard tests for radioactivity are added to standard food safety procedures.
3) Japanese safety limits are employed which are much stricter than European standards. Our matcha is far below the lowest admissible standards of Japan. In the new harvest, no radioactivity nor radioactive particles cesium-134, cesium-137 and iodine-131 have been found. All values were below the level that could be detected. (Ionization Radiation Test using a JB4020 Geiger Counter Tester)
Consumer Labs study of green tea and lead content
Some matcha may contain lead, make sure to buy from a trusted source
If you think you are safe from lead because you buy organic green tea, think again. Tea plants absorb lead from the environment at a higher rate than other plants. Lead contaminates the soil and air from industrial pollution and car exhaust.
Researchers found that 32% of the tea leaves from China exceeded the limit for lead. In comparison, 0% of the tea leaves from Japan exceeded the limit.
How to reduce your green tea lead intake
This might sound frightening, but the amount of lead is not dangerous if it is brewed. Even if the leaves contain lead, the brewed tea will not have significant amounts of lead. This is because 90% of the lead stays in the tea leaf.
Using a paper filter such as a tea bag or K-cup can also reduce the amount of lead in your drink. And the process of decaffeination removes lead.
Potential danger of matcha tea
Matcha is another story. Matcha is made from the whole leaf and is ground into a fine powder.
Because matcha contains the whole tea leaf, you get more of the benefits of green tea in a single serving. Matcha has an average of 4 – 7 times the EGCG of brewed green tea and it has more caffeine.
But you not only get more of the benefits. You also consume 100% of the lead contamination! If the tea leaves were high in lead, then the matcha becomes highly contaminated.
According to Consumer Labs, one serving of matcha could contain 2.5 to 7.5 mcg of lead, exceeding the USDA limit.
We don’t recommend drinking matcha or eating tea leaves unless you are confident about their origin. Different parts of the world have higher concentrations of lead than others.
And, when it comes to green tea and lead, even buying organic is not the answer.
Our tea plants are grown in the pristine, mountainous areas of Uji, Kyoto, and Nara, our farmland is well protected from all industrial, nuclear, and urban pollution.The surrounding trees block out any remaining pollutants and chemical interference. OUR MATCHA IS 100% LEAD-FREE!
Please, if you decide to not buy matcha from us, buy it from a trusted source. If you're in doubt, limit yourself to just one cup of matcha a day and drink brewed tea for the rest of the day.
*This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.