HEALTH BENEFIT

How does Matcha tea help with concentration and focus?

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“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves-slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” –Thich Nhat Hanh <3

Japanese monks recognized the properties of the deep green elixir a thousand of years ago and used it as an aid in their meditation practice. In long hours of stillness they found that drinking Matcha helped keep their mind calmly alert.

This was New Years 2016 at the Grand Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls, WA. They are the only Shinto Shrine on the west cost of America. This is a beautiful place, no matter what season it is.
This was New Years 2016 at the Grand Tsubaki Shrine in Granite Falls, WA. They are the only Shinto Shrine on the west cost of America. This is a beautiful place, no matter what season it is.

For centuries Matcha has given us relaxation without causing drowsiness. Science has confirmed that such practice may be attributed in a rare amino acid Matcha contains, known as L-Theanine. L-Theanine promotes a state of relaxation by influencing the brain. Whilst stress induces beta waves an active, more agitated state, L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed attentiveness.

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In Japan, L-Theanine has been approved for use in all foods, including herb teas, soft drinks, desserts, etc. with some restrictions applying to infant foods.

While this magical protein is common in all green teas, Matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas! Unlike tea’s counterpart, coffee, Matcha promotes concentration and clarity of the body and mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee. If you are on the pursuit of replacing your everyday coffee in the morning, try Matcha to give you that energy boost and clear focus.

Hope you try our delightful blend of Matcha order 👉here👈 and join the My Green Tea family.

That being said, hope you take time. Make time. For tea time.

Warmly,

The My Green Tea Family

Resources:
1.  Yokogoshi H, et al. Effect of theanine, r-glutamylethylamide, on brain monoamines and striatal dopamine release in conscious ratsNeurochem Res. 1998 May;23(5):667-73.

2.  Ito K, et al. Effects of L-theanine on the release of alpha brain waves in human volunteers. Nippon Nogeikagaku Kaishi 1998;72:153-7.  No abstract.

Why Drink Matcha Green Tea?

Why drink Matcha green tea?

With the increase research more readily available, the question is beginning to sound more like: “Why not drink Matcha green tea?”

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To the Wealth in Health!

As we age many experience an overload of iron, stress, and acid(s), all of which are contributors to multiple degenerative diseases, including liver fibrosis, heart attack, and cancer. Experiencing the nutrients of unfermented green tea can prevent and perhaps even reverse the effects of free radical, stress-induced tissue damage in the brain, liver, kidneys, etc.! Matcha takes this factoid to a new level. Not only are you able to experience the nutrients that ultimately regenerate cells in your body, you are experiencing it x 10 in every one cup of Matcha! Matcha tea is a super finely ground powder derived from dried young buds and leaves of the Camillia sinesis (aka: tea plant), so your not straining, rather you are ingesting the entire tea leaf.

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Yes, Matcha is the all natural 1000 year old miracle elixir.

In short here are some of the super power qualities Matcha has to offer:

  • Contains high amounts of antioxidants* including the powerful catechins EGCG*
  • Burns calories and boosts metabolism
  • Provides sustained and focused energy
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Packed with vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and chromium
  • Enhances concentration

I must say the winning flavor of the closing year comes from our casually ceremonial Jyoraku Matcha green tea. It is produced in Kotanabe, Kyoto, Japan by the Nishimura family that has been producing this very blend for 140 years (in their 200 year-old family-owned fields. As we say in My Green Tea, their tradition and spiritual connection to Tea is famous in the Kyoto prefecture.

I am no scientific expert, but I guarantee that this will not be the last blog posting on how beneficial this ceremonial grade green tea is.

A cup of Matcha a day will for sure keep that doctor away ^.<

Antiodixants: the chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases (aka: the body’s defense agents. The more you intake, the better you equip your body in fighting infections and disease.

Catechin EGCg: AKA: epigallocatechin gallate. A super class of antioxidant that help fight bacteria and infections.

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Matcha Moment

“Things of quality have no fear of time.”

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Use Matcha green tea as a tool to help regain focus and clarity and find how easy and efficient you become when the mind is equanimous. If you focus on the quality of your work , presence, and/or craft, good things will surely follow.

For those that are not familiar, Matcha is a famous powdered green tea made from grinding the highest quality gyokuro tea into an extremely fine powder. One cup of Matcha contains the nutritional equivalence of 7-10 cups of regular green tea.

It is actually a natural detoxifier and it is brought to you by a unique harmony of human and the Camellia sinnesis (tea plant). Humans like to believe that the famers “trick” the tea plant into believing that it needs to stay younger then it is. Traditionally this method is known as “Oishitaen.” This method has allowed the plant to retain a concentration of the rich evergreen color, chlorophyll*, a known detoxifier.

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No direct sunlight means ➡️ No astringency ➡️ More UMAMI💕😛

Once the new buds start to appear around April, the trees are covered with reed screens, straw or man-made fiber cloth to avoid direct sunlight. On a chemical level, his prevents the L-Theanine* from turning into catechin* (astringency), so the tea ends up tasting mild and has a rich Umami-flavor without astringency.  (Before grinding into Matcha, these teas are known as Tencha, Gyokuro, Kabusecha).

“We at My Green Tea, with our time-tested knowledge and commitment, yearn to bring The Spirit of Tea to you.”

*Chlorophyll: instrumental in photosynthesis. It’s known to help control hunger and cravings, increases the bloods capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells within the body.

*L-Theanine: protein the tea leaves contain. It creates Umami-flavor, which is a kind of amino acid- recently recognized as the 6th element of taste.

*Catechin (astringency): The same substance as L-Theanine, which his contained in tea leaves. This protein has some effect for killing some bacteria and is also believed to have medical benefits in preventing some cancers.

Sources: Kyoto Prefecture Chamber of Tea Industry (Co.) , Kyoto Prefecture Tea Manufacturing Conference Ujicha Cooperative.

Health Benefits of Drinking Japanese Green Tea

Our green teas are highly specialized: they are non-fermented, non-oxidized, and top grade.

With the exception of allowed ingredients to expedite the fermentation process in soil preparation.

They contain no artificial coloring, preservatives, or flavorings. They are nearly 100% calorie-free and the leaves contain only “natural” compounds: amino-acids, carbohydrates, mineral ions, caffeine and polyphenol.

According to a report in The American Journal of Epidemiology, an 8-year study of 35,000 women linked regular green tea drinking with a reduced risk for cancers of the upper digestive tract, colon, and rectum.

BENEFITS | MY GREEN TEAUnlike the caffeine in coffee, which is absorbed rapidly and stimulates an immediate increase in blood circulation and cardio-vascular activity, the polyphenols in tea help to slow down the rate of absorption. Tea drinkers feel the effects of caffeine more gradually, making tea a more refreshing and revitalizing beverage than coffee over longer periods.

Green tea polyphenols also work as anti-oxidants in the body, attacking the free radicals that cause cellular damage and DNA breakage.

The benefits of drinking Genmai-Matcha

Wonderfully roasty everyday green tea that is easy to brew.

Our Genmai-Matcha consists of a blend of green tea leaves, stems, Matcha (powdered tea leaves) and hulled brown rice kernels. Popular for its mellow toasty flavor, rich in Vitamins B and C.

Drinking Genmai-Matcha on a regular basis can help boost your immune system and also helps drain toxins from your body.

Seriously one of my favorite teas to brew because its pretty “fool proof.” You don’t need to be a tea wizard to brew yourself a mellow cub ofGenmai-Matcha. All you need is boiling water and 20-30 seconds and vuala, you’ve got yourself a cup of liquid Zen.

We’ve found that beginners in tea have a high acceptance rate for Genmaicha in general because the roasted grown rice balances the mildly astringent bitterness of green tea leaves and stems. The nutty flavor and aroma of the roasted brown rice makes it easy to enjoy a wholesome cup of green tea without it tasting too earthy-green.

Most people get My Green Tea’s Genmai-Matcha confused with regular “Genmaicha.” Ours has Matcha powder added into what one could call a traditional batch of Genmaicha, basically giving you an extra boost of rich Matcha flavor as well as all the wonderful benefits that go with it.

Here is an interesting historical factoid to add to your cup of tea: in Japan, Genmaicha was originally drunk by the poor. Rice was actually used as a filler to reduce the price of the tea, which is why it also known as the “people’s tea.” But obviously the flavor has proven too good for just the poor and has since been enjoyed in Japan for centuries.

Click here for more information on how to brew Genmai-Matcha