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When growing the leaves that are destined to be ground into matcha, the tea plantation is kept in shade for two to three weeks before the first flush of spring. This absence of light multiplies the amount of antioxidants and polyphenols in the tea leaves. Compared to green tea, matcha contains much more EGCG, a natural antioxidant that combats free radicals which are the main cause of skin aging and inflammation associated with oxidative stress.
Used for more than seven hundred years by the Japanese to hone their focus and stay awake during meditation, matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid also found in green tea. L-theanine works in two ways, by helping to combat tension and stress and by increasing concentration and focus.
The combination of vitamins, polyphenols, EGCG, antioxidants, and L-theanine gives a natural boost to the immune system, helping protect the body from bacteria and viruses.
Drinking matcha is a great way of keeping in shape. The combination of antioxidants and L-theanine boosts the metabolism and helps to convert fat cells into energy. Matcha can also help in reduce appetite and increase fat burning during exercise.
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