Matcha green tea has been cultivated in Japan for thousands of years. It is said to be the healthiest tea available and is credited with everything from speeding up the metabolism to preventing cancer. It does contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of any type of tea. It has caffeine to help people remain alert, but not enough to give people jitters, like coffee can. It has many vitamins, minerals, and amino acids so it does have nutritional value and boosts the immune system. It regulates the blood pressure and blood sugar, and helps with digestion.
The main thing that makes it so different from other teas is that is made from the whole plant, rather than just the leaves. That means it loses no nutritional value as it is processed. It is similar to potatoes in that aspect. Most of the vitamins attributed to the potato are found in the peels. Baked potato has a higher nutritional value than mashed potatoes because the peels have not been removed. The same is true of many fruits and vegetables. That is why juicing is healthier than peeling the veggies and eating them raw. Using the entire vegetable or fruit maintains higher nutrition. Matcha tea is also different because it is available in three grades or purity. The purest form is the ceremonial grade and it is thicker than powder of the other two grades. A traditional bamboo whisk is used to blend that powder into water to avoid clumps. An electric blender can also be used. The other grades are thinner and dissolve instantly in water or various cooking ingredients.
So, the next thing to sort out is where to buy matcha tea. The best place to find it is online because customers can compare brands, grades, and pricing. Many department and grocery stores do not carry matcha tea due to lack of space. It is more profitable for them to stock regular teas with which most customers are familiar. Specialty tea stores are also an option, but they are not available in smaller areas. Online provides a wider selection of all teas, so customers can purcahse all the teas they may want at one time. That saves time and money traveling from place to place.