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Matcha: Immersed in Tradition & Nutritional Benefits

Ancient tradition truly knows the power of matcha. An authentic Japanese matcha tea ceremony takes many hours and for good reason; the experience is life-changing using meditation as part of the practice of making and drinking the tea.

The benefits of matcha go well beyond the experience too. Matcha provides healing antioxidants that fight free radical damage that can otherwise wreak havoc on skin and accelerate aging—now that is a nutritional powerhouse.

Matcha has many other nutritional benefits:

  • Matcha contains antioxidant compounds, like EGCG, which help prevent cell damage by reducing the formation of free radicals. Free radical formation can lead to increased signs of ageing and disease. The antioxidant compounds in green tea have also been shown to fight inflammation. Reducing inflammation is key for longevity, maintaining a healthy weight, and preventing signs of aging.
  • The antioxidants and polyphenols in matcha support the liver’s natural process of detoxification, and help to protect the liver by fighting oxidative stress that can damage liver cells.
  • Studies show that matcha can help reduce blood sugar levels and may improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Matcha is heart healthy! It has been shown that drinking green tea can improve total cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Research indicates that those who drink green tea on a daily basis have lower risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and strokes.
  •  Try drinking matcha before a workout as studies show it helps increase fat burning.
  • Worried about caffeine jitters? Matcha contains L-theanine, a calming amino acid,  which relaxes the mind and reduces stress. It also provides enhanced focus, making it the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.

While we know that an all day tea ceremony may not fit into your busy schedule, we offer a meditation experience right here at the Spa that you can enjoy at your next visit. But you don’t have to wait until then to experience the mind and body benefits; shop this matcha tea kit to enjoy your own in minutes at home. We created a matcha tea meditation demonstration to teach you the basics in the video below.

Click here to purchase our favorite matcha items. 

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