Matcha is a stone ground green tea powder that originated in China over 1000 years ago. But, because of the humid climate, the best matcha is grown in Japan - which is where Tenzo's Matcha comes from as well.
Japanese ancestry dubbed Matcha their "ceremonial tea" because of its many well-known health benefits . Contrary to other green tea, Matcha is grown in the shade for the last three weeks of the growing process. This causes the plant to go into overdrive, causing it to produce more chlorophyll and suck up tons of nutrients from the soil, which brings the health benefits to the tender green leaves.
"Matcha" literally means "fine powder tea" in Chinese. This vibrant green powder comes from the same plant as Green Tea, the Camellia Sinensis. But, unlike bagged green tea, matcha is ground to fine powder to preserve the nutrients and taste because you are actually ingesting them. That's right - the powder is blended directly into hot water or with your favorite mixer - whether that's a milk product (hemp and soy are my favorites), various fruits, or even a cookie batter. So there you have it, Tenzo Matcha is powdered to preserve the nutrients for YOU.
Matcha is loaded with Antioxidants. The USDA created the ORAC test to evaluate the amount of antioxidants in various products, and they found that Matcha contains 1573 units/g compared to blueberries 93 units/g, kale's 19 units/g, and spinach's 12.6 units/g.
Matcha green tea is also unique because it is mixed directly into the drink, rather than steeped inside a bag. This results in 5 times the nutrients compared to other green tea, which means more vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, selenium, chromium and zinc among many other nutrients, vitamins, minerals and caffeine (about 70 mg per serving).
Matcha Green Tea has been found to:
1) Prevent Cancer Cell Growth, and Cardiovascular Disease
2) Reduce Inflammation and the Onset of Arthritis
4) Reduce Cholesterol and the Absorption of Fat Molecules
5) Limit the Invasion and Growth of Viruses and Bacteria
6) Prevent Brain Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases