Typically, Matcha is the only tea variety that is ground into fine powder form for a reason. When drinking Matcha or enjoying a food or beverage made from Matcha - you consume the entire tea leaf. This is the main difference between Matcha and all other tea. Normally black tea or other green teas are consumed via steeping the tea leaves infused with hot water. Steeped tea is only a single soluble extract of the tea leaves - the leaves stay in the tea pot and will be disposed. Only a small part of the health benefits of tea are water soluble, depending on tea variety and preparation only 10% - 20% of the healthy nutrients are consumed when drinking steeped tea.
Matcha drinkers receive the full nutrition of the whole tea leaf and will enjoy the high concentration of green tea antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Matcha is extremely rich in 3 very important nutrients that are of high interest for healthier lifestyle living:
Tea-catechins are among the most researched and scientifically discussed antioxidants. A vast number of publications have already been published on these ingredients with a high antioxidant effect. Matcha contains high antioxidants compared to all known natural fruits and vegetables known thus far. And ORAC test results prove that one gram of ceremonial matcha green tea contains 1384 ORAC units. When compared to other antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables as well as other leading superfoods, traditional ceremonial matcha green tea clearly stands out above the rest.
*ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. This test method was developed by the USDA and Tufts University to assess the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. Higher numbers contains more antioxidant affects to our body
Matcha also contains high amount of L-theanines—a unique set of natural amino acids found almost exclusively in shade grown green tea such as Matcha and Gyokuro— This unique property L-theanines combines with tea caffeine and our body absolve it slowly and gives us slow and satiable 3 to 6 hours long energy boost without any caffeine crush and other side effects.
This unique combination which almost exclusively exist in Matcha help provide increased mental clarity and energy. With virtually zero calories, this makes matcha the ultimate "energy drink"—without any of the side effects found in the highly sugared, over-caffeinated beverages sold in stores.
Matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into the powder, all of those nutrients and benefits regular tea bags carry away stay right in the cup for the drinking. This ensures that matcha drinkers consume a higher concentration of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibers than other tea. One of highlight nutrient which we can take from Matcha but not from steeped tea is insoluble Fiber, one of study shows that effect of lowering blood sugar from Catechin (EGCg) is enhanced if we take both water soluble and water insoluble fiber together with Catechin.
In fact, more than 10 times more than even other green teas. More amazingly, there is no other fruit or vegetable in the world that provides more antioxidants than matcha. It is literally the healthiest drink nature has to offer, providing 100% natural energy.
Drinking steeped tea contains only less than 10% of whole nutrients from tea leaf but drinking Matcha gives us 100% nutrients. It means one bowl of matcha is equivalent to approx. 10 cups of regular green tea.