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Matcha - A Super Food

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One of the challenges customers face when choosing any food product is the quality of ingredients. The green tea industry is no different; standards can vary wildly depending on the country of origin
and growing conditions.

One of the challenges customers face when choosing any food product is the quality of ingredients. The green tea industry is no different; standards can vary wildly depending on the country of origin
and growing conditions.

We source our green teas from smaller producers who also own their tea crops, so we can be assured of the quality and freshness of the finished product. For those wanting an even higher-grade tea, please visit our shop for Matcha products.

Unlike standard green tea, Matcha is a powdered version that can simply be stirred into hot water. It is produced by grinding whole tea leaves until they turn into a powdered form. This method of manufacture has significant benefits as it increases one of the most important nutrients in green tea - Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Studies show that Matcha can contain 137 times the amount of EGCG compared to a common green tea variety. Obviously, this level of purification can lead to higher levels of EGCG in the body, making it more likely you will see positive health effects. It also means you can consume less to reach the same threshold – no need to find time for numerous drinks throughout the day.

These high EGCG levels can impact your health in a number of ways.

Here are 3 benefits of using Matcha products:

Reduced Anxiety and Mood Enhancement
Matcha has a higher percentage of L-Theanine, compared to common varieties of tea. L-Theanine is an amino acid found in natural plants that have been shown to have a major impact on your psychological state. Separate studies have highlighted how regular consumption can cause a reduction in stress and a lowering of blood pressure.

As a relaxant, it also has the opposite effect to caffeine – perfect to keep you mentally well balanced on a daily basis.

Skin Protection
The large amount of EGGC in matcha means it can also be used to protect your skin against the harmful radiation of ultraviolet light. A growing body of research shows the anti-tumour effect EGCG can have when used topically, rather than internally.

So how can we use Matcha to protect us?

One great idea is to use the powder as a weekly face mask. Depending on your skin type, you can mix it with either water or extra virgin olive oil. Simply mix a teaspoon of Matcha with two teaspoons of water or oil and apply it to your face. Voila!

Dental health
A study by the Indian Journal of Dental Research concluded that using a Green Tea based mouthwash instead of ones using Chlorhexidine (CHX) health showed equal effectiveness on gingiva when compared to CHX. It also concluded the use of green tea mouthwash to be an effective antiplaque agent that is comparable to CHX mouthwash and can be used as an adjunct to regular mechanical plaque control practices and professional scaling, in gingivitis patients.