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The Secret To Anti-Ageing: Matcha Tea

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  • Teresa Cutter

If I could bottle up my own magic pill for youthful skin and an ageless body, matcha green tea would be my main ingredient. This is because matcha green tea is brimming with powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing properties – even more than pomegranates and blueberries – the Chinese have coined it “the elixir of immortality”.

What is matcha tea?

Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea is the finest grade of green tea available. It’s a potent superfood powder obtained by gently milling green tea leaves into a pure fine powder. Healthy Chef Ceremonial Grade Matcha Green Tea is essentially a more potent and concentrated form of green tea as it provides all the nutrients from the entire leaf rather than loose leaf green tea. One serve of Matcha is equivalent to about 10 cups of steeped green tea.

Ceremonial grade matcha vs food grade matcha

Like different types of chocolate, the difference between ceremonial grade and food grade Matcha green tea lies in how they’ve been processed and sourced.

Ceremonial Grade Matcha is difficult to source. It is the highest quality Matcha tea you can get in the world, as it uses the young leaves of the green tea plant. Unlike food grade matcha tea, ceremonial grade is higher in antioxidants and provides a much smoother and richer taste than food grade matcha tea.

Food grade matcha tea is made from more mature green tea leaves and is often combined with other ingredients to make matcha-flavoured foods and drinks you see in cafes.

Matcha and anti-ageing

There’s a reason why people in the Japanese and Korean culture have beautiful ageless skin.  Matcha has been used in Southeast Asia and Korea for centuries because it was believed to be a precious medicine and provided long life. Today, it’s gone beyond just a cup of tea – it’s infused in many beauty and anti-ageing products.

Here are four amazing ways matcha green tea is your miracle food to keep you more youthful and vibrant, for longer:

1. Matcha detoxifies the blood

Chlorophyll, the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature vibrant colour, is a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. The rich concentrations of chlorophyll found in Matcha green tea works to alkalise and detoxify the blood, giving your body a better chance to get more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing. This helps your skin look clearer and more radiant.

2. Matcha burns fat

Matcha is an excellent source of EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), with levels significantly higher than regular green tea. EGCG is a molecule with naturally has metabolism boosting and thermogenic affects in the body, meaning it gently supports weight loss.

3. Matcha de-stresses the body

Matcha helps to stabilise blood sugar and contains l-theanine, which is a rare amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation, supports the adrenal system and the way your body reacts to stress.

4. Matcha slows down the ageing process

High antioxidant rich foods such as Matcha green tea are believed to slow down the ageing process by preventing oxidation, inhibiting mutation of DNA and helping to restore damaged DNA.

How do you drink it?

I love a hot cup of Matcha green tea to start my day  – it invigorates and makes me feel energised. Just take  1/4 – 1/2  teaspoon of matcha powder and add hot water. In the warmer months, I love mixing Matcha with coconut water, a squeeze of lime  for a delicious energising and refreshing coooler or pre workout formula to help with endurance and energy. There are also endless ways to use Matcha in smoothies, raw desserts and as flavouring for icing and cakes. Think raw key lime pie made with cashew nuts, lime juice and matcha then topped with pomegranate jewels.  I also love making my matcha bliss balls packed with protein from coconut, cashew, matcha, Healthy Chef Protein and a little lemon.

 

Ceremonial Grade – Certified Organic Matcha is available from The Healthy Chef eStore HERE.

 

 

 

 


13 Comments

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13 Responses to “The Secret To Anti-Ageing: Matcha Tea”
  1. carmel says:

    Hi Teresa,
    I am just wondering where this product is sourced from. I am just concerned ATM with certain green tea products that are having detrimental health effects that are sourced from China.
    Cheers
    Carmel

    • Hi Carmel,

      Our Organic Matcha Tea is grown in pristine organic surroundings on Jeju Island in South Korea. Our Organic Matcha Powder is grown in the shade of the highest quality volcanic soil in non polluted areas so that the end result is a Matcha tea that retains maximum nutrients as well as being clean and pure.

  2. Tania Mitchelhill says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Thanks for such great easy to achieve recipes, love the cookbook and love your content. Quick Q on Matcha – is it safe to consume during pregnancy?
    Thanks!
    Tania

    • Hi Tania,

      We don’t recommend consuming large amounts of Matcha during pregnancy and breastfeeding due to its caffein content, saying that it is up to the individual. There is less caffein in a cup of Matcha than in cup of Coffee and it also supports adrenal health which is nice for stressful periods in your life. Matcha powder does contain caffeine, however it is quite different to coffee. In a standard cup of coffee, caffeine can range from 70mg to over 125mg.

      The caffeine in coffee and the caffeine found in matcha green tea are not the same.
      The caffeine in matcha is assimilated and absorbed very slowly (over 6-8 hours), a huge difference from the quick 30 minute energy spike with coffee.

      There is no blood sugar spike, insulin increase or release of the stress hormone cortisol you you would get in drinking coffee.
      Matcha can actually help stabilise blood sugar and reduce stress on the adrenal glands. Typically in ½ teaspoon of matcha, you get 34 mg of caffeine. Hope this helps Tania, stay healthy! Tx

      • Tania Mitchelhill says:

        Brilliant thanks Teresa, I only have one every second day so I think that’s ok from the caffeine POV.
        Thanks again for such great recipes and healthy options.

  3. Terri says:

    Hi Teresa I would really like to buy some of this matcha but am in the UK, will the UK warehouse be set up anytime soon? Thanks. Terri.

  4. Riemke says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Would you please be able to let me know from which area in Japan you source your Matcha tea. I have been unable to find it mentioned in any of the information that you have available. Thanks

    • Our Organic Matcha Tea is grown in pristine organic surroundings on Jeju Island in South Korea. Our Organic Matcha Powder is elegantly grown in the shade of the highest quality volcanic soil in non polluted areas so that the end result is a Matcha tea that retains maximum nutrients as well as being clean and pure. Tx

  5. Ingrid Katgert says:

    I own a beautiful cafe on the water at cowes Phillip Island . I would love to add your Matcha green tea to my drinks menu . I sell a lot of green tea so i would love to introduce your tea to all my customers please advise . Yours sincerely Ingrid Katgert Cafe Blue Bamboo .

  6. nikki s says:

    The matcha tea sounds amazing. Can you prepare it without the whisk? e.g. just in a regular mug with a spoon and hot water?

    • Yes you can, but it’s smoother using a whisk. If you’re making a latte, just heat milk over a stove then pour a little of it into the cup along with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Healthy Chef Matcha. Mix with a spoon until combined then top up with rest of the milk. Sweeten to taste with a little honey if desired and enjoy.

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