Matcha green tea originated in Japan, and because the entire leaf is ingested in powder form, it is the most powerful green tea in the world.
In Japanese “cha” means tea, and “ma” means powder, thus the word Matcha translates literally as powdered green tea. It is believed that the very first green tea seeds were brought to Japan from China by the Zen Monk Eisai in 1191 A.D., who planted them on the temple grounds in Kyoto. Eisai, who introduced the Zen philosophy to Japan, was the first person to grind and consume green tea leaves in powdered form. Thus Zen and Matcha became inextricably bound together, in the form of the exquisite tea ceremony. The tea ceremony celebrates the profound beauty of simple things, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and is intended to bring all participants into the here and now. The drinking of Matcha tea as the focal point of the tea ceremony was a perfect choice, as Matcha stimulates presence of mind, mental alertness, and a calm, meditative state simultaneously.
These profound physiological benefits of Matcha intuited by the wise sages of Japan are now being proven by modern science, as more and more groundbreaking studies on the health benefits of green tea are published.
Matcha green tea is approximately 10X stronger than regular brewed green tea, and so has extremely powerful therapeutic effects on the body.
The anti-oxidant activity of Matcha is higher than that of blueberries, 100 times more potent than Vitamin C, and 25 times more active than Vitamin E.
Matcha contains over 70 times the anti-oxidants of fresh orange juice, and over 9 times the beta carotene of spinach.
Matcha also contains a good helping of fibre, as well as all the essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health.
The effects of drinking Matcha are immediately noticeable upon consumption, due to its ultra-fine consistency which boosts entry into the blood and cells.
Matcha green tea is arguably the most nutritious, naturally occurring beverage on the planet.