Ingredient Spotlight: Matcha
What is Matcha Green Tea?
In it’s simplest form, Matcha green tea is pure stone ground green tea leaves. A practice that has been perfected for over 1000 years by Japanese Monks. Matcha tea is approximately 10X stronger than regular brewed green tea, and so it has extremely powerful therapeutic effects on the body. Matcha also contains high amounts of L-Theanines—a unique set of natural amino acids found almost exclusively in Matcha, known to reduce stress and anxiety, heightens the concentration to help provide increased mental clarity and focus. Eisai, the monk, who brought Matcha green tea to Japan (circa 1200a.d.), said that it was:
No wonder Matcha was known as the "Elixir of Immortality" considering it is a powerful sirtuin activator which houses the longevity genes. The EGCG antioxidant (epicgallocatechin-3-gallate) has been shown to lengthen telomeres which affects how cells age, preventing cell death. Compounds have also been shown to stimulate mitochondria in the brain and skin providing cellular energy to help makes the cells young. On a hormonal level it matcha decreases DHT, a form of testosterone which is responsible for signs of aging like thinning hair, and unwanted facial hair. In conjunction w/ the EGCG which promotes hair growth wards off tooth decay, and helps to prevent bone loss this simple superfood could be life preserving after all.
Matcha contains over 70 times the anti-oxidants of fresh orange juice, and over 9 times the beta carotene of spinach. According to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity), which is the method of measuring antioxidants in food. Matcha has a ORAC rating of roughly 1300 units per gram. Anti-oxidents fight free radicals which lead to cell death, inflammation, and the root to all disease. Not only do anti-oxidants fight the free radicals but have the ability to restore and protect our cells all the way down to DNA at each cells center.
Drink Your Sunscreen While Dissolving Fat
The antioxidant content of matcha like polyphenols and catechins battle and control the harmful effects of UV radiation and free radicals, helping greatly in protecting the skin from sun, wind and all extremes in weather conditions. Also protecting against inflammation in the body, these antioxidants also help eliminate acne and other types of skin eruptions and roughness. The strong presence of the EGCG antioxidant (epicgallocatechin-3-gallate) in matcha slows cell degeneration to impede the aging process, promoting smooth, tight skin that retains moisture and natural, smooth color tones.
Throughout the last three to four weeks of their growing time, right before harvest, matcha (camellia sinensis) leaves are keep covered for protection from the sun. This results in greater chlorophyll production which is responsible for the vivid green color of high caliber matcha. It also makes matcha a strong detoxifying agent for the bodies of users, cleansing the body’s entire system of toxins and hazardous chemicals or other impurities, leaving the skin glowing and radiantly clean.
You can experience the potent effects of matcha in our "Empress" facial which features exotic sourced ingredients of the Orient. We custom craft a green tea tonic and coconut matcha cleanser as skin food to soak up catechins, Vitamins A and C, calcium, protein, iron and potassium. As these cleansing agents clean the internal system, they purify and smooth the skin, too, eliminating any blemishes or rashes. This facial promotes clear, well-hydrated and youthful skin with good elasticity and resilience.