I LOVE tea. It's my favorite beverage and I enjoy all types. There are many varieties to choose from, all having healthful benefits.  If I had to pick one for its overall VITALITY quotient, I would have to pick Matcha. Matcha is a wonderful beverage which truly packs a nutritional punch. This lovely green drink originated in Japan and has been enjoyed for centuries. Matcha is actually young tea leaves ground into a fine powder that you mix with hot water. It's made a bit differently than other teas, but is simple to learn and only requires a whisk and small bowl to prepare. 

   1. Use 1 tsp per 6oz of water. Adjust to taste

   2. Sift matcha into a cup using a fine mesh sieve to help break clumps. Add a small amount of      180°F water and mix into a paste with whisk

  3. Add additional hot water and whisk 

One cup of Matcha is equal to 10 cups of green tea in both nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Matcha contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain. This creates an alert relaxed feeling without drowsiness. Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!

Matcha contains catechins which fortifiy the immune system and have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

Matcha can increase endurance. One cup of Matcha can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and jitters. It’s good, clean energy.

Matcha has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.

Matcha can be a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

Resources:
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/tea-drink-to-your-health-201312186947
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/greentea/a/Matcha.htm

After reading the benefits yet again, its hard to beat Matcha as a super healthful addition to your diet.  You can purchase Matcha on-line look for high quality organic sources. I found the best quality and price at my local natural food store.

http://mamajeansmarket.com

Enjoy  this Magical Green Tea Today!

- Best

Darla

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AuthorDarla Morello