There is a continuous quest to do more when it comes to your health. One such rage that is taking the world by storm is matcha. Matcha is a variant of green tea and has several benefits attached to it. To start, it is drunk warm and this is good for your body as it reduces ama. Green tea has several benefits including being rich in anti-oxidants. Matcha apparently takes this up one notch.

Matcha literally means powdered tea. Traditional green tea is drunk by infusing the leaves with warm water. The tea leaf for matcha tea is grown by covering them with cloth. It is then hand selected, dried, aged and then powdered to make the tea. This results in several times the normal caffeine but also increases the quantity of nutrients and anti-oxidants. It is believed that a cup of matcha tea has ten times the vitamins and nutrients than a traditional cup of tea. This is because the traditionally process of brewing tea is unable to absorb all the nutrients available in the tea leaf. Matcha on the other hand is concentrated leaves and therefore infused with benefits.

The anti-oxidant rich tea is believed to help in cancer, blood sugar, blood pressure and also boost your mood. The Japanese have been drinking matcha tea for a while now and have traditionally used it during meditation. It is becoming more common to drink this worldwide now. By nature, I am skeptical of fads and the latest fashionable thing to do. However, it seems matcha is a older tradition just being discovered more widely now.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

2 thoughts on “Matcha

  • August 19, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This takes me back to the two occasions I have attended a Japanese tea ceremony, the contrast in the settings and the pace. When you attend a tea ceremony conducted properly, it becomes a huge learning experience and I loved every minute every minute of it . Sadly, not the macha itself. In Japan, the macha is used in confectionary as well, so maybe that is a much more palatable way of having it

    • August 19, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you. A dear Japanese friend made me go through a traditional Japanese dinner and it was one of the most wonderful learning experiences for me. Yes matcha is also used to make cakes etc. but I have not tried it yet. Thanks for sharing.

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