If you were to guess which tea is the #1 choice for daily antioxidant support, which one would you pick? If you said green tea, you’re almost right. It’s a special type of green tea called matcha.
If you haven’t heard of matcha yet, you’re in for a treat. Not only is it the number one tea source of powerful nutrients, it’s a unique and colorful tea that a new study determined could help fight cancer.
4. What Is Matcha Tea?
Originating mainly from East Asia, matcha is a specific type of shade-grown green tea that is ground into a fine powder before using. The freshest and best-tasting matcha tea powders are a bright light green color, made from young leaves.
Matcha teas are typically grouped into two categories – culinary matcha and ceremonial matcha. Culinary matcha is used for baking and cooking. Ceremonial matcha is what you use when making tea to drink. Iced matcha and matcha lattes have become a popular form of ceremonial tea, available at many tea and coffee houses offering specialty beverages.
3. Matcha Antioxidants
Regular green tea is packed with loads of antioxidants, particularly a catechin called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that protects cells from attack and damage. Matcha tea contains around 140 times more EGCG than regular green tea. No wonder matcha is the number one kind of tea to drink every day with all those antioxidants guarding our cells.
How does matcha fight cancer? Apparently, all those catechins make matcha a powerful suppressor of cancerous tumors and great at repairing DNA damage. Antioxidant-rich matcha might also be helpful for decreasing liver disease risk.
2. How to Prepare a Cup of Matcha Tea
Because matcha comes in a powder, rather than loose leaf tea, it requires a slightly different approach to drink preparation. First, it’s handy to have a small bamboo whisk made for matcha prep. Second, using a wide-mouth cup or tea bowl makes mixing the matcha powder with hot water easier.
Sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha powder into the cup. Add hot water, at just under boiling temperature. Water for green teas should be around 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Blend the tea mixture with the bamboo whisk until slightly frothy, being careful not to spill the hot liquid.
1. Drink It Every Day for Highest Health Benefits
Matcha has a unique taste and could take some getting used to, but drinking it daily might come with priceless advantages for good health. One cup of this tea per day may help support your immune system for years to come.
Try adding other ingredients to your cup for different matcha flavors. Lemon juice, steamed milk, and natural sweeteners like honey are popular matcha recipe ingredients. Add ice or frozen fruit to enjoy matcha as a chilled drink.