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JAPANESE SHIZUOKA MATCHA GREEN TEA POWDER
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This Matcha is grown in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. The Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan has been producing the finest tea for over 650 years. Shizuoka is located on Pacific Ocean in eastern Japan, Shizuoka means tranquil (shizu) hills (oka) in Japanese. It is the major tea (O-cha in Japanese) production area in Japan and is where the famous Mount Fuji (Fujisan) is located.

The mild climate of the Shizuoka Prefecture is excellent for the cultivation of the tea plant know as camellia sinensis. It has rich mineral soil, plenty of sunshine and the perfect amount of rain for the finest tea cultivation and is know the production of the best Matcha.

Matcha Processing - The young tea leaves are picked in early May and lightly steamed to prevent any fermentation. This allows the tea to retain its beautiful green color. Then the tea leaves are dried. Traditionally, at this point, the leaves would be stored in chatsubo/tea jars and allowed to season until November, at which time they can be stone-ground as needed. For consistency, the leaves from various varieties of tea plants are blended to produce the best flavor, color, and aroma. Before being stone-ground, the leaves are processed to obtain only the meat part of the leaf. The stems and veins are removed so that the tea will be very fine when ground. It takes one hour to grind somewhat less than 40g of matcha and in the end the final product is about 1/10th of the original harvest. Although clippers can be used to harvest the tea leaves, the leaves for koicha/thick tea are still picked by hand, one by one.

Matcha is the vibrant green powdered tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It is made from the leaves of shade grown tea trees. When the leaves are harvested they are steamed, dried and then further processed to remove the veins, stems and impurities. Only about 10% of the original harvest remains, and this is called the "tencha". The tencha is then ground to a fine powder often in a stone mill. It takes about one hour to produce an ounce of matcha, because grinding any faster would result in a burnt tasting tea. Today the highest grades of matcha usually remain in Japan for use in their tea ceremonies and the price can be as high as $100 an ounce. The majority of matcha available in the general market today is now ground by sophisticated machines, which make it affordable to the average tea drinker. Regardless of the grinding technique used, the production of matcha requires a great deal of hand labour, skill and time.

Matcha is becoming increasingly popular in the Japanese and international beverage and food market because of its versatility and health benefits. Matcha's flavour blends well in dairy-based recipes and its powder form makes it easy to work with. Matcha is being used in ice cream, cheese -cakes, cream cheese spreads, white chocolate, latte beverages, hot chocolate etc. There is no limit to the recipes that matcha can be added to.

Matcha and Caffeine: Matcha does contain a small amount of caffeine, but like all green teas also contains L-theanine. L-theanine increases the alpha waveactivities in the brain, which creates a feeling of relaxation. L-theanine is associated with increasing the ability to focus and concentrate, but not agitate the nervous system. Researchers believe that this maybe on of the reasons that drinking tea tends to have a calming, refreshing effect, rather than the jittery effects of coffee. It has been noted that Buddist monks frequently drink matcha, green teas, oolongs ETC and rarely appear agitated or nervous. It could be the L-theanine!

Matcha Health Benefits: Since you are actually ingesting the green tea leaves when you drink matcha you are receiving the full benefits of all the nutrients and antioxidants in the leaves. Research is indicating that matcha has the following health benefits -

Vitamins A,B6, B-complex, C, E, K, niacin, folate, riboflavin, thiamin

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Trace minerals calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, sodium

Rich source of L-theanine & amino acids which improve calmness, mental alertness

Strong blood detoxifer and alkalyzer due to high chlorophyll content

70 times the antioxidants of orange juice,

nine times the beta carotene of spinach and 4 times the beta carotene of carrots

Extremely rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) and catechins, especially epigallocatechin gallate ( EGCG ) Tell a Friend

Boosts metabolic rate by 35-40% in regular drinkers, thus assisting in weight loss

HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA & WEIGHT LOSS

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Today, scientific research in both Asia and the west is providing hard evidence for the health benefits long associated with drinking green tea. For example, in 1994 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly sixty percent. University of Purdue researchers recently concluded that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells. There is also research indicating that drinking green tea lowers total cholesterol levels, as well as improving the ratio of good (HDL) cholesterol to bad (LDL) cholesterol.

Green Tea has long been valued in China for its miraculous medicinal properties for the maintenance of good health. It has been said in China "it is better to drink Green Tea than take medicine".

Green Tea has been receiving much attention lately. As a result, we now have many medical reports and studies by accredited institutions concluding that Green Tea does contain many healthful and healing properties. Drinking Green Tea has been shown to provide the human body with numerous health enhancing components. Green Tea contains a very high value of Catechin polyphenols that have antioxidant properties that are known to fight against cancer. In addition, Green Tea provides Polysaccharides, Flavonoids, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C (there's more vitamin "C" in one cup of green tea than in an orange), Vitamin E, R-Amino Butyric Acid and Fluoride in it's natural state.

Did you know that drinking tea can help you lose weight? It’s true. Some teas can even help burn fat and calories. A recent scientific study supports green tea’s ability to burn fat and increase metabolism. What’s more, other studies show that, when combined with other sensible lifestyle choices like maintaining a healthy body weight, both green and black teas can help reduce the risk of heart disease, the #1 health risk for women. There are many flavored and herbla varieties of green tea available which make watching your weight a pure pleasure. Or kick the caffeine with a decaffeinated green tea. Delightful hot or iced, green tea is a delicious way to help lose weight!

Green tea boost your energy level and ability to burn calories. A study from Obesity Research indicates that people who have been regular tea drinkers for more than 10 years showed lower body fat percentages compared with those who don't drink tea regularly. Drinking tea is a great life choice—it’s naturally calorie-free (without the addition of milk or sugar) and can help quench your body’s thirst for the daily fluids it needs. And some teas, including green tea and certain herb teas, can help you lose weight and keep the weight off. Support a healthy diet and exercise program with tea. Whether you’re counting carbs, calories or miles on the treadmill, you can reward yourself with a cup of tea—hot or iced, it’s a delicious and totally guilt-free indulgence!

Green tea has higher values of medicinal properties than other teas, because of the special way in which it is dried. This traditional drying technique prevents the tea from the negative effects of fermentation. The now widely recognized health benefits of Green Tea have been mentioned in many newspapers and journals including CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Chinese Daily News, Journal of National Cancer Institute, numerous US Universities and Research Centers. Some of the findings that have been established are:

GREEN TEA can help reduce the risks of esophageal, (the tube through which food passes from the pharynx to the stomach) skin and many other forms of Cancer, mainly by its highly significant antioxidant properties. (National Cancer Institute 1-800-4-Cancer).

GREEN TEA can help to lower cholesterol and cuts the risk of stroke in men. (American Medical Association).

GREEN TEA can help suppress and reverse aging, and refreshes the body with it's high Vitamin B content that helps the human body better deal with stress, and release more energy.

GREEN TEA can help restrain the growth of various bacteria that cause disease.

GREEN TEA can help stop cavities because of it's rich Fluoride content present in it's natural form, and can help prevent bad breath. (Dr. Tao Song findings).

Green Tea helps constipation. (Dr. Tao Song findings).

To sum up, here are just a few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
cancer
rheumatoid arthritis
high cholesterol levels
Cariovascular disease
Infection
Obesity
Impaired immune function


MATCHA LATTE RECIPES

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"Iced" Matcha Latte

1 teaspoon (or to taste) matcha

3 teaspoon sugar or 1 tsp honey

1/2 cup hot (not boiling) water

1/2 cup of cold milk*

1 cup of ice cubes

Put matcha into matcha bowl or teapot, add hot water & then sugar or honey. Stir to dissolve matcha preferably with matcha whisk. Pour matcha mix into a tall glass with ice and then fill the glass with milk You may use soya milk, half & half creamer or other dairy substitute etc

"Hot" Matcha Latte

1 teaspoon (or to taste) matcha

3 teaspoon sugar or 1 tsp honey

1/3 cup hot (not boiling) water

2/3 cup warm milk (soya milk)* Put matcha into matcha bowl or teapot, add hot water & then sugar or honey. Stir to dissolve**, preferably with matcha whisk. Pour matcha mix into a cup, & top with warm milk.

You may use soya milk, half & half creamer or other dairy substitute etc. You may dissolve easier if you add a little water to matcha first to make a paste & then add the remainder of hot water

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