matcha benefitsThe Benefits of Matcha

A long standing tradition of Japanese culture, matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea.

Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, the tea leaves are steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. The powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties.

Matcha has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful super foods for the health conscious person.

Ceremonial grade matcha is the highest quality green tea powder. This premium grade is vibrant green in color, with a very delicate taste and extremely fine texture, made from the youngest tea leaves. Thanks to its bright green color, it can easily be recognized from lower grades of tea powders.

1. High in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and dark chocolate.

The first amazing benefit of matcha is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.

2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg

You may have already heard that not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in matcha. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties.

Scientists have found that matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea.

3. Enhances Calm

For over a millennium, matcha has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”

4. Boosts Memory and Concentration

Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!

5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance

Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank matcha before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients.

The increased endurance from a bowl of matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s clean energy.

6. Burns Calories

Drinking matcha has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Unlike many diet aids currently on the market, matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.

7. Detoxifies the Body

During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into matcha, Camellia sinensis leaves are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in these leaves, giving this tea its beautiful, vibrant green color. Matcha is a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

8. Fortifies the Immune System

The catechins in matcha green tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of matcha provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.

Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.

9. Improves Cholesterol

Researchers aren’t entirely certain how matcha has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have show that people who drink matcha on a regular ms have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Men who drink matcha are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t 

Making matcha from Tea Canal a daily habit to start your morning for the next 30 days... To your health!

Making Matcha is Easy!

To matcha, use a matcha bowl, a bamboo scoop and a bamboo whisk.

   1) Boil fresh water to 170 degrees. 

   2) Add two scoops (about one teaspoon) of matcha with the bamboo scoop into the bowl.

   3) Add hot water. Use the whisk to create a creamy froth by swishing vigorously back and forth.

 Enjoy your matcha tea straight from the bowl.

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A few tips

1) When boiling water, don't use water at a rolling boil, matcha is a delicate powder - you'll overcook it!  If that happens, let the water sit for a few minutes from a rolling boil to cool down before using.

Fresh water is best, don't use water that has been boiled over and over again - water with no oxygen gives you a flat drink.

2) Pre-warming the bowl with some hot water, let the whisk soak for a few minutes.  Your tea will be warmer and you'll get better frothing action.

3) Filtered water is great if you have it, but not essential!  If your tap water tastes funny, so will your matcha.

4) Over time, you can adjust the quantity of matcha or water to match your taste.

5) Enjoy your matcha without sugar or cream!

6) Use a whisk stand to let your whisk dry properly and hold its shape.

7) Keep your matcha away from sunlight, in an airtight container.  It does not need to be refrigerated.

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Introducing Windy City Tea

 

 Introducing Windy City Tea

WCTC logo labelTea Canal is proud to launch its very own Windy City Tea (tm) brand.  Our first shipment of raw, natural honey produced by Saad's Bees in Elgin, IL is available now!

 


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The tea is packaged into fully biodegradable "tea temples", and we've brought in sixteen blends, their flagship English Breakfast, Tung Ting Oolong, Mao Feng Green Tea, Lemon & Ginger, Bright n Green, Liquorice & Peppermint, Up Beet, Calm, Trim, Happy, Snooze, Chili Chai, Chocolate & Mint, Honeybush & Rooibos, Superfruit and Chocolate Flake!

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