Matcha Green Tea
– the green health bomb
Matcha is a Japanese green tea ground into a beautiful, bright green powder. Unlike ordinary green tea, it must not draw in water but be dispersed with a special whisk. The result is a sparkling green drink with such a high content of all the tea’s virtues that some call it the green tea on steroids. The matcha has less caffeine than green tea, but more of the drug L-theanine, which has a relaxing effect and supplies the tea with umami, « the fifth taste. »
It is green as grass, and costs hundreds of kroners a kilo. 2015 is the matcha year.
The matcha tastes like vegetable and astringent, but also sweetness at the base, and taste nuances almost as creamy as those of wine or chocolate. It feels better than wheatgrass juice but is equally healthy.
Green tea has, for a long time, been highly rated on the health food fanatics list of miraculous ingredients. It contains, especially a lot of polyphenols. One of these, EGCG, is considered to have a particularly beneficial effect, according to nifab.no, the official Norwegian web portal for alternative treatment.
Because the entire leaf is used in matcha, the content of the healthy substances is much higher in a cup of matcha than in regular green tea.
Matcha-activists believes that the green powder may be cancer-preventive, anti-ageing, cholesterol, and detoxifying in addition to being stress-reducing and energy increasing.
The polyphenols in green tea may alleviate or prevent ailments such as inflammation, joint wear, genital warts and cervical abnormalities. Although it is not yet documented how the polyphenols are effective against this, writes nifab.no.