green tea & me: a “matcha” made in heaven (er, japan)…

i used to be a serious coffee drinker. but one day, while shopping at costco, i came across their matcha tea bags. at first, i was going to just reduce my coffee drinking (my acupuncturist had told me that coffee is a toxin to my body – which explains why i would get a little clammy or have to use the restroom – my body needed to expel it). but it went so well with the tea, i completely stopped the coffee (with no caffeine withdrawals) and have been happy ever since!

according to ecoki.com,

“matcha tea is widely recognized as one of the richest sources of natural antioxidants on earth. antioxidants are food compounds that help neutralize chronic and age-related diseases. as a category, green tea contains large amounts of the antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) considered by researchers as the key to its health promoting properties. powdered matcha tea practically overflows with the stuff. lab analysis shows the concentration of this multi-purpose antioxidant a whopping 137 times higher in matcha than in regular steeped green tea. collectively, the antioxidant power of matcha tea is reportedly 100 times greater than vitamin c and 70 times greater than orange juice. matcha also contains nearly 10 times more beta-carotene than spinach.”

matcha has the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) levels of all superfoods 1384 TE/g – more than acai (1027 TE/g) and far more than blueberries (24 TE/g). in addition, the form of caffeine in matcha, theine, is absorbed slowly and elevates the dopamine (good feeling) levels. the way that it slowly enters your system, it will provide you with sustained energy for 6-8 hours (without that horrible crash that coffee used to give me). it  helps with metabolism, regulates blood sugar levels and is a strong blood detoxifier & alkalizer. it’s also good for your gums and teeth – that is one powerful cup of tea!
i’ve been drinking the costco matcha since january (it was part of my new year’s resolution). i think for january 1, 2010, i am going to try dōmatcha – it is the powdered form of matcha. this powdered form is more concentrated and you end up “drinking” the leaves – with all their benefits and nutrients inside.
dōmatcha is available at whole foods and on amazon.
kampai!
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4 responses to “green tea & me: a “matcha” made in heaven (er, japan)…

  1. I’m going to get me some mtach and domatcha teas. They sound wonderful! Thanks for the valuable info!

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