September 1st, 2016

Health benefits of stone-ground tea

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matchaDomo stone-ground matcha tea is made with authentic matcha and all-natural vanilla, with no cholesterol and no saturated or trans fats.

Everyone knows about the health benefits of drinking Japanese green tea. But not everyone realizes that matcha tea has an even higher concentration of healthy compounds than regular green tea. Matcha not only tastes great – it’s one of the healthiest drinks you can enjoy.

This stuff is good for you
Did you know that consumption of antioxidant-rich foods reduces damage to cells and biochemicals, and can help fend off disease and aging? Matcha contains as much as 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice, and up to 200 times that of regular green tea. Researchers are also finding that the antioxidants in green tea may help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease, and control blood pressure. In addition, regular matcha drinkers enjoy a metabolic rate increase of 35-40%. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ll know that’s a good thing!

It’s caffeine… but not as you know it
Matcha, like other types of tea, comes from the tea plant camellia sinensis. White, green, black and oolong teas also come from this plant, though they are processed in different ways, and all of them contain caffeine. Matcha in particular, being made from the entire leaf of the plant ground into a fine powder, actually contains quite a high amount. This is a good thing though, since the caffeine in matcha is absorbed in a different way to coffee: it binds to the larger catechin molecules (antioxidant flavinoids found in the tea plant), which take longer to break down. Thus the caffeine is absorbed over time, providing sustained energy levels for many hours.

That’s why you don’t experience the caffeine ‘jitters’, and inevitable crash, typically associated with coffee. Matcha helps keep your blood sugar level nice and even throughout the day.

Try Domo Vanilla Matcha. It’s tea, but not as you know it!

Those monks were on to something
Theanine is an amino acid commonly found in camellia sinensis, the tea plant. It has psychoactive properties and has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress. Theanine promotes alpha-wave production in the brain by increasing seratonin and dopamine levels to create that feeling of wellbeing and relaxation that people the world over associate with drinking tea. So if you ever wondered how zen monks achieve that state of peaceful relaxation that allows them to meditate for hours on end, remember they’ve been drinking matcha for centuries. Now we’ve finally discovered their secret!

Theanine also acts as a mild antoxidant and immune system booster, and helps negate any stimulatory effects you might occasionally feel as the caffeine in matcha is gently absorbed into your system.

Domo stone-ground teas are available at London Drugs.

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