Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that’s rich in antioxidants. It has a unique, non-bitter taste and vibrant green color and is regarded as the most aromatic form of green tea. Matcha is made from shade-grown tea leaves that also are used to make gyokuro. The preparation of matcha starts several weeks before harvest and may last up to 20 days, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent direct sunlight.
Matcha has many potential health benefits, such as:
Fighting cancer by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation
Preventing type 2 diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity and lowering blood sugar levels
Combating depression by lowering the risk of depressive symptoms
Protecting brain function by reducing the risk of cognitive disorders