Matcha tea is a powdered green tea that derives its origins from the Tang Dynasty in China before being popularized in Japan during the 1100s. I make matcha using the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, meaning matcha is a real tea. Just like other pure teas such as green tea and black tea, the production of the leaves makes matcha unique.
“A good quality matcha is bright green and smooth. Average matcha will be yellow and grainy to touch—the tougher leaves of the tea bush.” The quality of leaves impacts the taste. “A good matcha will not taste bitter at all; there will be a slightly sweet taste.”
Matcha tea contains caffeine, which can give you a jump-start in the morning or an extra boost in the afternoon. It also has an extensive number of antioxidants and polyphenols that have been shown to help improve your immune system and potentially prevent certain types of cancer. These antioxidants work to eliminate free radicals that can cause mutations at the cellular level.
It is also helpful in improving attention, memory, and reaction time. The tea also contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function.
Studies have found that the compounds in matcha may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Some studies show that matcha green tea extract helps increase metabolism and fat burning, both of which may aid weight loss.