Just about everyone who keeps up with the latest developments in the world of health now understands the power and value of green tea. Appreciated in many ways for thousands of years, green tea has, in recent decades, become recognized as one of nature’s most powerful tools for staying healthy. In its usual form, green tea is a rewarding source of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, with the substance even proving in some studies to help ward off particular forms of cancer.
While drinking a number of cups of green tea per day can be enough to experience some of these benefits, many seek to go further. Brewed tea, after all, contains only a slim proportion of the potentially beneficial substances found in the leaves themselves, with the rest being discarded once brewing is done. That approach to extracting what green tea has to offer may be the most common and widespread of all, but it is not the only possible one.
For almost as long as people have been brewing the leaves of tea, others have been selecting the finest and worthiest and grinding them into powder. Known as “matcha” in Japan, where it originated, this form of tea is traditionally utilized by dissolving it directly into hot water. Instead of much of the mass of the constituent leaves being tossed out, every last bit is imbibed.
Many people who are interested in the power of tea are now discovering how green matcha can be an even more convenient way of taking advantage. Even just drinking a beverage of brewed matcha can deliver far more in terms of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds, and this is only the beginning of the potential inherent in the substance.
Many, for example, make use of matcha by working it into baking recipes or other forms of cooking, producing breads, cakes, casseroles and other edible delights that are rich with green tea’s antioxidants and other health-enhancing substances. Others use the powder in conjunction with staples like kale to create delicious smoothie drinks that, once again, are hard to beat in terms of what they can do for the body. With this form of tea being so flexible and potent, interest in it is sure to rise even further.