It looks like everybody is going Matcha crazy; it has taken the world by storm and the craze just continues to grow! Matcha is so versatile that you can’t help creating recipes outside the cup. There are many fun things you can do with Matcha, from creating delectable desserts and exotic drinks to cosmetic skincare and mouthwashes – the list just goes on!
So why is everyone sipping Matcha? Well, it is classified as a superfood and one that is particularly high in anti-oxidants, which is linked to numerous health benefits, and since you actually drink and ingest the whole ground tea leaves, you capture more nutrients than regular brewed tea.
Even coffee drinkers are switching to Matcha these days, as it yields energy which prolongs concentration, focus and is a perfect pick-me-up without the jitters or feeling over-caffeinated. It is believed that a cup of 2g of Matcha may contain about 80mg of caffeine. If you compare that to a shot of coffee (90-100mg) or a Red Bull (80mg per can), it’s definitely up there with the caffeine content. But what makes it so special? Caffeine in tea leaves bonds to larger plant molecules, which makes the breakdown in the blood stream slower, extending the release of caffeine without the sudden high and then a subsequent crash of a strong coffee.
There are various grading of Matcha tea, so first of all you have to decide if you are going to drink it or cook with it. For ‘Matcha in a cup’, you should only use ceremonial grade – it is the highest quality tea grade used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Culinary grade Matcha is by no means a low-quality tea, it’s just prepared differently. Because of its robust and bitter taste, culinary grade Matcha is meant to be blended with other ingredients.
There is so much to say about Matcha and here at Camellia’s Tea House we have endless ideas and recipes to share with you. We are launching some new exciting Matcha blends using ceremonial grade tea combined with wellness ingredients to create a heavenly and healthy Matcha experience for you. The first in our Matcha series is the pairing of Matcha and Turmeric.
With all the media fever surrounding turmeric curcumin, we have decided to look into it deeper. To tell the truth, turmeric has been around for over 5,000 years and to this day it plays an important role in traditional cultures throughout the Eastern world. Its benefits have been known for centuries and widely used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Apparently, from just 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric you can get 20% of your recommended daily intake of manganese, 10% of iron, 5% of vitamin B and 3% of potassium, copper and fiber.
Here is why we have decided to combine Matcha and turmeric to create a super healthy and tasty drink for you.
Weight loss and fat reduction – Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric that offers most of the health benefits. Studies have shown that it helps suppress the growth of fat tissues in the body. Combine this with Matcha tea powder, a healthy diet and exercise, and you will be able to meet your weight loss goals in no time!
Alzheimer’s Disease – Some research has reported that turmeric has positive effects on the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, though research is still on-going.
Inflammation – This can present itself in many disorders such as arthritis, digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions. There has been a lot of media coverage based on turmeric and the anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin could be just as effective as over the counter drugs designed to reduce joint and muscle ache and help reduce inflammation. Those with sever conditions should always speak to their doctor first. Green tea is also known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and we believe that the combination of the two could be very beneficial for fighting inflammation in the body.
Anti-Oxidant – Both turmeric and green tea are specifically known for their anti-oxidant properties which helps reduce cellular and DNA damage that causes some cancers. By increasing turmeric and green tea in your diet you may help to prevent some cancers from forming.
Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure – Both curcumin and green tea are known to help reduce cholesterol which protects the blood vessels and the build-up of plaque which causes high blood pressure. Oxidised cholesterol can cause blood clots and make it difficult to reduce high blood pressure, so by increasing turmeric and green tea with cardio exercise you should find this helpful to your condition.
We will keep you updated with our launch date for Matcha Turmeric Tea, but in the meantime keep an eye out for the next blog in our Matcha Tea series and don’t forget to drink more green tea and add more turmeric to your diet!