Ocha Matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea available. We only sell premium matcha powder, which is the grade above ceremonial matcha green tea powder and full of even more vitamins and other bits that are great for you. It's 100% organic (as certified by JAS and USDA) and comes from Nishio in Japan (that's the best place to grow matcha leaves). Matcha tea is made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of the shade-grown Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are steamed, and de-veined before being carefully stone-ground into very fine powder.
Matcha powder is stored away from light and oxygen to preserve its bright green colour and make sure it doesn't lose any of its plentiful antioxidant properties. This super power drink has been consumed for hundreds of years in the Japan and modern science has confirmed that it is one of the most potent super foods available! If you still don’t believe us, check out the top 11 benefits below.
Antioxidants are the nutrients and enzymes that protect your cells and DNA, giving you younger-looking skin and preventing many life-threatening diseases. Antioxidants are in such foods as raw fruits, green vegetables, and dark chocolate. Matcha tea provides more than 5 x the antioxidants than any other food. In fact, it is the highest rated food according to the ORAC method (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
Matcha green tea has been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat nearly 4 x times faster than normal. Unlike chemically-based diet aides, matcha green tea causes no negative side effects like increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
Japanese Samurai always drank matcha green tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energising properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from matcha tea is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased energy and endurance gained from a bowl of matcha green tea can last up to 6 hours. Because of the effects of L-Theanine, matcha tea drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants, such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s clean energy - woohoo!
Matcha tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), makes up a whopping 60% of the catechins in matcha tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognised for its cancer-fighting properties. Matcha tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea.
For hundreds of years, matcha green tea has been used by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks to relax and meditate while remaining alert. This higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other pharmaceutical relaxers.
Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals enhance mood (similar to that awesome feeling you often get when eating chocolate), improve memory, and promote better concentration.
During the last 20 days before the tea plant leaves are harvested to be made into matcha tea, they are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a massive increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth which not only gives this tea its beautiful, vibrant green colour, but also makes matcha green tea a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
Regular consumption of matcha green tea protects against harmful UV radiation and helps maintain skin structure and function. German researchers found that after 12 weeks of drinking matcha tea, women had increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin. Because matcha tea provides 100% of the nutrients and benefits when it is made with hot water (compared to 5 -10% for regular tea) you only need a cup of matcha green tea a day to improve your skin.
Matcha tea is a powerful weapon towards lowering cholesterol, inhibiting blood clots and negating the effects of a fatty diet due to high amounts of catechins and polyphenols. Studies of different populations have shown that people who drink matcha green tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Men who drink matcha tea are 11% less likely to develop heart disease.
The UK is currently suffering from very high levels of people being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, most commonly associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Matcha tea can improve insulin sensitivity as well as reducing cholesterol which can block arteries. The catechins in matcha tea also help to improve your exercise performance and reduce the amount of fat your body stores so combined with exercise it can help to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Unlike many other teas which require sugar, milk, or lemon to make them tasty, matcha tea is absolutely wonderful all by itself (premium matcha that is!). You’ll catch the crisp vegetable notes and then the savory taste of the L-Theanine amino acid, making matcha a tea that is delicious and unique. You’ll truly love a delicious bowl of matcha...enjoy!