Why Organic Matcha Green Tea?

Why Organic Matcha Green Tea?

As a people we have yet to understand the significance or impact of what has been done (and is being done) to the soil and thereby - the quality of food that is being produced today.  And this means what we are eating and putting in our bodies.  It may look like “corn” or some other veggie, but in many instances that is about it.  It looks like corn, smells like corn, even tastes like corn, but it really is a “franken-veggie” crossed with the dna of animal protein or other.

The Amazing Components Of Matcha Green Tea

The Amazing Components Of Matcha Green Tea

What makes Matcha what it is?  Here is a brief overview of the powerful components within Matcha Green tea.

L-TheanineL-Theanine is a unique amino acid found almost exclusively in the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) and is the primary amino acid component of green tea. The shading of the tea plants before harvest, increases the L-Theanine content, giving Matcha its characteristically pleasant and sweet flavor.

The effects of L-Theanine are truly amazing. It has the unique ability to stimulate the production of alpha waves in the brain; a state otherwise mostly achieved by meditation and characterized by a calm alertness and relaxed mental clarity. This is one reason why the Zen monks appreciated a good cup of Matcha before their "lengthy" meditation sessions.

The relaxing effects of L-Theanine act antagonistically against the stimulatory effects of caffeine on the nervous system thus smoothing the body’s reaction and leading to an experience of dynamic bliss. Clinical studies have also shown L-Theanine to reduce stress, to lower blood pressure, to improve memory and learning abilities, to diminish PMS symptoms and to have a mild antioxidant activity. L-Theanine is fast acting, the desirable effects are generally noticeable within the first 30 minutes after enjoying a cup of Matcha and can last for up to 6 hours.

Thermogenics – Green tea has long been studied as a weight loss aid. Research now indicates that drinking green tea can boost metabolism by 35-40%, thus increasing fat burning capacity without any adverse side effects.

Anti-oxidants – The catechins found in green tea are some of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants, thereby having a strong anti-aging effect on the body. The anti-oxidants in green tea are 100 times stronger than Vitamin C, and 25 times stronger than Vitamin E.

Matcha green tea contains 70 times the anti-oxidant capacity of orange juice, and 9 times the beta carotene of spinach.

Chorophyll - Matcha contains extremely high levels of Chlorophyll, thus the brilliant emerald green color. Chlorophyll is one of the most powerful blood detoxifyers, as well as supporting a healthy blood alkalinity.

Polyphenols and Catechins – These phytonutrients are quickly becoming known as the most potent cancer fighting substances known to man. Matcha green tea contains the highest levels of these precious derivatives.

Adaptogenics – Green tea is an “adaptogen” which means it supports the adrenal glands by lowering levels of the “stress” hormone Cortisol.

Blood Pressure Lowering Catechins – Green Tea contains specific catechins that can lower blood pressure by preventing contraction of blood vessels through inhibition of Angiotensin.

Cholesterol Lowering agents – Green tea has been shown to decrease the levels of LDL (‘bad”) cholesterol while having no effect on HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

Blood Sugar Stabilizers – The polysaccharides in green tea can protect against insulin spikes thus stabilizing blood sugar levels.

Anti-microbials – Green tea contains potent anti-biotics and anti-virals, lending itself to the prevention and treatment of many common ailments including flu, cold, food poisoning etc.

These anti-microbial catechins also prevent tooth decay and gum disease, as well as sweetening bad breath by balancing the gut microflora. 

Introduction to Matcha

Introduction to Matcha Tea

Welcome 

Got Matcha is pleased to bring you the finest quality organic Matcha that we have found over the past 15 years.  Quality Organic Matcha is rare and is truly the most exciting discovery of the 21st century's modern tea world.

Matcha Green Tea is only now beginning to be recognized as one of the most
powerful superfoods on the market today far exceeding every other superfood, including acai and blueberries, in ORAC (oxidation reduction) ratings.

Got Matcha has sourced the world for the finest quality organic Japanese Matcha. Harvested high in the mountains of southern Japan, our Matcha exceeded our greatest expectations, in both color, flavor and quality. But there is more.

Only a few select companies in all of Japan own the skills to produce authentic Matcha tea, the world's
most premium and delicate green tea. All of our Matcha is grown under excellent conditions, planted
with heart and plucked by hand. Every leaf is produced carefully and tested before reaching you.

Our *Premium Organic Matcha is no ordinary Matcha, for our Tea sommeliers have created a blend of the finest organic Ceremonial Matcha Green tea on the market today. New to Matcha? Click here for a short introduction."

If you are looking for something just a bit "exotic", then you will have to experience our blended Matcha Teas; a superb blending of Organic Matcha, Organic Spices and sweetened with the nectar of the coconut palm from the South Seas. Truly a merging of cultures in a powerful superfood tea.

Matcha gives you 3 to 6 hours of sustained energy.
Matcha enhances your focus and concentration.
Matcha's health benefits are truly remarkable.

Matcha gives natural energy, supports the body and its health benefits far surpass any other tea in
the world. We invite you into the world of GotMatcha and introduce you to the finest Japanese
teas available today.

Matcha -  a tea for both mind and body

The Art of Matcha

Matcha Tea Ceremony

Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea is the tea that is used in the well-known Japanese tea ceremony which was established by Zen-master Sen-no-Rikyu in the 1570s. The tea ceremony follows four basic principles: Harmony (wa), Respect (kei), Purity (sei) and Tranquility (jaku). 

Within the tea ceremony, every step, every movement, and every moment is accurately defined. The ceremony takes place in a specially designed room exclusive for the ceremony. It is exactly four and a half mats of space (one Tatami mat is 170 x 85 cm or ten square feet). The room itself is kept simplistic to enable the guests to focus only on the essence of the ceremony and tea. In the winter season, a Kama (iron kettle) is placed in a small opening in the floor of the tea room which is heated by charcoals. In earlier times, these utensils were a true work of art.

The host seats facing toward the tea bowl (Chawan), tea container (Natsume), a Matcha whisk (Chasen) and a bamboo scoop (Shaku). The arrangement also varies in season. Even the wood for the charcoal is meaningful because wooden charcoal maintains the ideal temperature for Matcha as it provides its own aroma. It is said that even the age of the wood is part of the conversation piece in the ceremony.

The ceremony itself follows strictly defined principles. As the guests enter the room, the host will start to prepare the Matcha, in slow but stern motions. From the first welcome to the last sip of tea, and even the light conversation after, it all holds meaning in this sacred ceremony.

But the most fascinating part of the tea ceremony is indeed the philosophy behind it all. In Japan, the tea ceremony is called "Chado" or "Sado." If you translate it, this means: the way of tea. Even the dignified old tea masters still consider themselves as students. For they say that 60 years of experience in "The Way of Tea," only means you are one step ahead in the journey.

As you can see, there is much history and much heritage behind the world of Matcha tea.  For those, as ourselves, …Westerners… Matcha is but a recent discovery of our 21st century that adds one more layer of health and wellness that is now available to all.

 

Preparing & Storing Your Matcha

Guard your Matcha well, for the benefits of this humble little tea will last for several months and serve you well.

Guard your Matcha well, for the benefits of this humble little tea
will last for several months and serve you well.

Matcha is a very versatile tea and can be made numerous ways, from the traditional method to a creamy latte and even as a refreshing smoothie.  Matcha can be drunk hot or cold, blended whisked or stirred.  You can even eat Matcha in your food so really the question is, “What can’t you do with Matcha?”.

Ancient Method: The first method is simple and strong and has been followed by monks for centuries.  For those new to Matcha this may not be the best way to try Matcha unless you love the taste of pure Matcha green tea…

1.     Scoop Matcha tea powder into a bowl or cup (1/2 tsp per 3-4oz)  (1/2 tsp = 1gram)

2.     Add a small amount of hot liquid, and using the back of a spoon stir to make a smooth, green paste.

3.     Stir or whisk.  And drink.

The Matcha Latte: The 2nd method involves using the plain organic Matcha and combining it with sweetener and milk to create a creamier and less strong tasting Matcha latte…

1.     Put 1/2 to 1 tsp to 8 or 12 oz of Liquid. Our preference is 1/2 water and 1/2 Almond or coconut Milk.

2.     Stir vigorously with Whisk.

3.     Add 3-4 drops of Stevia anda few dashes of vanilla extract and cinnamon.

4.     Stir or Froth and Enjoy!

Flavored  Matcha Latte : This is the most simple and delicious latte to prepare and uses the flavored Got Matcha tea blends including the Matcha Chai, Pumpkin Spice and Matcha Cacao…

1.     To a sauce pan add½-1 Tbsp of your flavor of choice with 8-12 ounces of liquid (try 2/3 coconut, almond or hemp milk to 1/3 water).

2.     Stir with a whisk over medium heat until the latte is hot enough.  Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Matcha Cold:

1.     Smoothie: Add ¼-1tsp to a fruit smoothie or even a protein shake to add energy to your meal.  With this version you barely taste the Matcha.

2.     In a Shaker cup: This is a convenient and refreshing way to drink your Matcha on the go.  In a shaker cup with a lid or even a water bottle add1 serving of plain Matcha or one of the flavored blends with part almond or coconut milk and part coconut water or water.  If using the plain Matcha you will need to add sweetener but if using a flavored blend simply shake with the liquids.

Storing Your Matcha Tea

Matcha tea is extremely sensitive to light and heat. The delicate, young tea leaves are ground as soon as they are picked in Japan.  Once ground, this fresh Matcha tea powder is vacuum packed. Once opened and exposed to light/air/heat, the Matcha tea powder will begin to oxidize rapidly, so we suggest keeping your Matcha in the refrigerator.

Our bags are air-tight and light proof, so your tea should last up to 6 months.

Enjoy!

An Overview of the Therapeutic benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Health Benefits of Matcha

Here is a brief overview of some of the therapeutic benefits of Matcha green tea.

Longevity

Japanese researchers have found that green tea consumption can lead to lower mortality rates in humans. Following over 40,000 subjects aged 40-79 over 11 years, they discovered a significantly lower risk of death from all causes among those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea. 

Heart Disease

A good deal of research has been done showing that drinking green tea can protect against heart disease; among which would be:  vasculoprotective, antioxidative, anti-inflammatory and cholestorol-lowering.  Green tea may prevent strokes, and EGCG has been shown to protect brain cells from the destructive processes following a stroke.  Matcha is also known to help reduce cholesterol levels.

Diabetes

Recent evidence suggests that drinking green tea can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes! People who drink 6 cups or more of green tea a day are less likely to develop diabetes than those who drink just one cup.  Read our testimonial below from one of our customers:

Improved Memory

Japanese researchers have shown that drinking green tea helps maintain cognitive ability and may improve memory. It is thought that the EGCG in green tea helps to neutralize harmful free radicals that cause damage in the brain.

Helps to minimize neurological conditions

Due to the wide-ranging effects of its polyphenols, green tea is being studied for its benefits on neurodegenerative conditions. Researchers in Haifa, Israel working with animal models have found thatMatcha, due to its high EGCG levels, help to prevent the brain cells from dyingIt also appears as though the polyphenol may even rescue the neurons once they have been damaged, to help them repair”.

Lowers Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Green tea lowers blood pressure and prevents hypertension by increasing the production of nitric oxide, which dilates the arteries and reduces blood pressure. Researchers have found that over the course of a year of consuming Matcha green tea, that the risk of high blood pressure was lower by 46% among those drinking between 0.5 to 2.5 cups a day and 65% lower among those consuming over 2.5 cups per day!

Prevents Tooth Decay!

Here is an unexpected benefit of Matcha Green tea.  It is a proven remedy to prevent tooth decay, for it kills the bacteria that cause dental plaque and halitosis and increases the acid resistance of tooth enamel. A cup of Matcha brings mental concentration, emotional stability, composure of mind, and physical well being.  Truly the ultimate superfood drink.

Matcha & Weight Loss

Matcha helps loose weight

Numerous studies have been done over the past couple of years now concerning the weight loss benefits of drinking green tea; especially Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea assists and literally super-charges your weight loss regime!  Why Matcha especially?  Because it contains over 10 times the nutritional value of any other green tea (one cup of Matcha tea is equivalent to ten cups of steeped green tea)!  Matcha drinkers consume the tea plant itself, not just a brew of its leaves. This allows an exponential increase in any health benefits offered including weight loss and boosting the metabolism.

Matcha Green Tea is one of the hidden “superfoods” that people are still discovering.  It is a super-charged version of regular green tea, and it is an ideal product to facilitate natural and healthy weight loss - effectively.

Weight loss capabilities of Matcha Green Tea:

1.     Metabolism and Matcha: Green tea speeds up the metabolism, which in turn causes the body to use more calories! Matcha Green Tea also helps to keep the body from storing excess fat; and it is a natural appetite suppressant.  Burn more calories, lose more fat!

2.     Thermogenisis: Research was conducted in Switzerland about 15 years ago which showed a marked difference in the increase of the metabolism and subsequent burning of calories in a case study done with overweight patients.   This process of increasing your metabolism is called “Thermogenesis”, which in effect, means that your body’s ability to burn off fat is literally supercharged.

3.     Lose Weight Faster:  Replace other drinks with Matcha Green Tea and Lose Weight Faster.  An obvious benefit of this plan is to replace the drinks you normally drink with Matcha Green tea; losing weight will be that much easier!  The average coffee shop drink contains many more calories and grams of fat than you should be drinking just to get the benefit of the caffeine in it.

4.     The Winning Combo: If you are focused on losing that extra weight, then implementing Matcha Green Tea in conjunction with carefully monitoring what you eat, (and the amounts you eat - like any diet plan), are keystone to a successful weight loss regime. 

Recently one of the largest Matcha manufacturers in the world published a press release announcing the profound impact drinking Matcha tea has on losing weight.

Here are some excerpts:

Losing weight may be only a tea cup away

For those looking to shed a few pounds - post-holidays - pre-bikini or simply making healthier lifestyle choices; the solution may be found within a daily cup of Matcha green tea. A part of Zen Buddhist culture for well over 800 years, Matcha is a fine tea powder that is blended and consumed in a drink rather than steeped and discarded like tea leaves.

Clinical research has shown Matcha increases metabolism, offers a huge antioxidant hit and gives a gentle stimulating effect superior to steeped teas.

Weight Loss:

Investigation is on-going concerning the action of Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), one of the antioxidants in Matcha, for its potential as an obesity therapeutic with promising results, said Dr. Clifton A. Baile, the CEO of AptoTec, Inc., and a Distinguished Professor of Animal Science and Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia. Our research has shown that EGCG helps cause weight loss and reduce body fat in mice. There is no magic weight loss solution but, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, drinking Matcha could make losing weight easier.

Published in Obesity Research in June 2005, this study with mouse fat cells showed that EGCG, found in Matcha, helps cause fat cells to store less fat, and eventually, to self-destruct. In a follow-up study not yet published, EGCG fed to mice caused weight loss and reduced the amount of body fat.

The Matcha Alternative:

Negates a Fatty Diet: Most of us have heard of the positive effects red wine can have on a fatty diet and its healthful benefits on heart disease. High amounts of catechins and polyphenols (eg. EGCG) are present in green tea, particularly Matcha tea and EGCG has twice as much resveratrol as red wine, making it a powerful weapon towards lowering cholesterol, inhibiting blood clots and negating the effects of a fatty diet.

Control Your Hunger: EGCG is also used to treat diabetes and is reported to have glucose-lowering effects. In addition, glucose can cause a person to feel hungry, and by controlling insulin levels, you control appetite. Try drinking a mug of Matcha green tea at the first hunger pangs, and you are well on your way to managing your appetite!

In summary, the word thermogenesis literally means heat generation. Matcha Green tea increases thermogenesis in the body, becoming a potent appetite suppressant and increasing fat oxidation.  This in turn helps the body to use fat as an energy source. This means the body is preferentially burning fat over protein.

Due to the potency and additional health-promoting properties of Matcha green tea, it is the perfect addition to any weight loss diet or program.  Shed pounds in a healthy and effective way!