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Matcha unknown effects

Chiltea tokyo | Nov 20, 2018 | Knowledge |

Matcha unknown effects

Matcha used to recognize as the tea ceremony products for high classes, however, nowadays it is getting popular for everyone because it started to be used as a condiment like Matcha ice cream and Matcha Latte. Matcha is becoming trendy year by year and the popularity is spreading out to the foreign countries. If you think about Matcha, you can easily image that Macha has beautiful green color and deep and rich taste, but there are many unknown effects. We show you some examples of the effects.

How to produce Matcha

In Japanese green tea, Matcha has the most unique manufacturing process. Matcha is totally different from other Japanese green tea because it is made from Ten-cha which is cultivated with cover crops. The process to cultivate the leaves with cover crops for 20 days and block the sunlight is for controlling photosynthesis, which makes the leaves color greener and is able to suppress the amount of catechin, so that Ten-cha has less bitter taste but richer and sweeter flavors. Although this is also used for Gyokuro and Kabuse-cha, it is necessary for especially Matcha to have the process which Ten-cha is grinded by a stone mortar. In fact, even if it is grinded by a stone mortar for 24 hours, it can make only 300-500g.

This means Matcha used to recognized as expensive stuff. Unfortunately, there are the fake Matcha in the market because some of them are made from not Ten-cha but green tea leaves and even sellers don’t know whether that is original Matcha or not. Of course, “Matcha” made from green tea leaves has completely different flavors and color from true Matcha. Please note that as a way to identify if it’s fake or original, you should check out a list of ingredients on the packaging. If it is original Matcha, it shows Matcha, but it shows green tea if it is fake Matcha.


It is said that there are over 500 kinds of polyphenol. Roughly speaking, there are 2 ways, flavonoid and phenolic. Polyphenol is the composition of pigment and bitterness and it is easy to dissolve in water. You need keep getting it because it works for a short term. Due to the advantage which is able to adapt temperature change, you can gain it from the cuisines heated.


Antibacteria, Antioxidant, Anti-aging, Anti-stress, and Anti-cancer


Flavonoid is the one of polyphenol and a general term of food coloring in an organic compound. It is found in plants especially leaf, stem and trunk, which has over 4,000 different types of that. Flavonoid can be classified these into 3 categories, for example, isoflavone by soy, anthocyanin by berries, and catechin by tea. In great part, it works for vitamin C so that you can catch a cold easily and cause bleeding easily because of a weakened immune system.


Antioxidant, Detox, Anti-aging, Anti-stress, Anti-cancer, Strengthen the immune system, Healthy Blood, Anti-myocardial infarction, Anti-virus, Anti-arteriosclerosis, and Strengthen blood vessel


Catechin is one of the flavonoid kinds of polyphenol and has bittering component. It also has the substance that I soluble in over 80℃/176℉ and the amount of brewing tea will change depending on kinds of tea. In addition to that, Catechin is found in younger leaf as first leaves will gain more 12-14% and second leaves will gain more 14-15%.


Antioxidant, Anti-virus, Anti-cancer, Control cholesterol and blood-sugar level, Antibacteria, Prevention of tooth decay and bad breath, Prevention of obesity, Improve intestinal flora, Anti-allergy, and Anti-inflammatory

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. As antioxidant vitamin, it is combined in liver, eel, butter, margarine, egg, and brightly colored vegetables and it has the substance that I soluble in water. It will cause deficiency disease which you cannot see anything in the dark or infectious disease because resistance will be lowered if it is not enough. On the other hand, it will cause some side effects like liver damage or give unborn children some affects if you get it too much.


Antioxidant, Help dark adaption, Growth promotion, and Infection prevention

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is one of the fat-soluble vitamins as well as Vitamin A and B. There are so much Vitamin K in natto, brightly colored vegetables like Japanese mustard spinach and spinach, seaweed, beans, vegetable oil, dairy products, meat, and eggs, which works for blood clotting and hemostasis and promoting bone and tooth formation.


Blood Coagulation, Promoting bone and tooth formation and Inhibit calcification of artery

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is one of the fat-soluble vitamins as well as Vitamin A. It is regarded as antioxidant vitamin and combined a lot in kinds of nuts and cooking oil, eel, cod roe, western pumpkin and avocado. There are a lot of Vitamin A and E in cell membrane so that it works for antioxidation of internal fat.


Antioxidant, Improve rough skin, Antioxidant of cholesterol and Improve blood vessel structure

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of water-soluble vitamin. It is known as vitamin for beauty and health, however, it cannot be formed inside body so you should take it from fruits like strawberry and citrus, vegetables and tubers and roots. We recommend you try them without heating because it is easily dissolve well in water and easily affected by heat. You must be careful when you cook like not too washing, boiling and soaking in water. We need Vitamin C to create protein like collagen which connect between cells for health maintenance of skin and mucous membrane. Therefore, it is said that it is easily to lose blood and hard to recover if it lacks.


Antioxidant, anti-stress, prevention of arteriosclerosis, prevention of heart disease, cancer prevention etc.


Chlorophyll is green pigment including chloroplast and used when plants carry on photosynthesis to transfer to energy. The main component is magnesium and included in green plants and seaweed as spinach, parsley, watercress, kale and rocket. It is kept by the cell wall so that you need to cook with cutting them into small pieces for breaking the cell wall.


Antioxidant, Help beautiful skin, Regulation of the function of intestine, Flow acceleration, Deodorize, Sterilization, Excrete bad cholesterol, Excrete dioxin and heavy metal, and anemia prevention and improvement


Fiber means dietary fiber and Matcha contains a lot of water-soluble dietary fiber. There are much fiber in ripe fruits, seaweed, and vegetables. It is often used for relieving constipation because fiber is included in foods, which means that human digestive enzymes cannot be decomposed into fiber. We cannot assimilate and digest fiber but water-soluble dietary fiber has the component mixed water inside body. It is said that we can keep a feeling of fullness because melted fiber can levigate and bulk out. That is the reason why fiber is always used for the diet foods.


Control blood cholesterol levels, Inhibit sudden rise of blood-sugar level after meal, Increase good bacteria inside the intestines, Regulation of the function of intestine, Defecation promotion, Excrete bad bacteria, Colorectal cancer prevention, Diabetes prevention, and Increase a feeling of fullness

β carotene

Mβ-carotene is translated into Vitamin A so it has same works as Vitamin A. Besides works of Vitamin A, it has antioxidative effect and immunostimulant effect and there are much β-carotene in deep yellow vegetables and deep leafy greens as pumpkin, Jew’s mallow, carrot, spinach, Japanese mustard spinach and garland chrysanthemum. We recommend that you cook with oil because it is fat-soluble vitamin same as Vitamin A.


Antioxidant, Immunostimulation, and Improve resistance


Mineral is one of five elements and it can be classified 16 kinds of essential mineral for human. Various foods include a lot of kinds of mineral like potassium combined in fruits, vegetables, small fishes, tubers and roots, and brightly colored vegetables, sodium combined in salt and soy sauce and phosphorus combined in milk, dairy products and meats and variety so that we need to get them well-balanced. The main function of mineral is to keep cell function, however, each function has different works as sodium and potassium keep moisture content inside body and calcium and magnesium works for the formation of bone and tooth.


Keep moisture content, Form bone and tooth, Anemia prevention, Anti-aging, Promotion of growth and metabolism and Diabetes prevention


Saponin is combined in variety of plants and is same as natural surface-active action because it can melt in water and bubble when it is shaken. It is kind of bitter component combined in beans, ginseng, burdock, leaves, roots, and stems. It can remove cholesterol, create blood clota thrombus and inhibit the formation of fatty acid peroxides which causes arteriosclerosis as the function.
Effects: Antioxidant, Improve immune system, Obesity prevention, Improve liver function, Stop cough and phlegm, and Diabetes prevention


Antioxidant, Improve immune system, Obesity prevention, Improve liver function, Stop cough and phlegm, and Diabetes prevention


Theanine is one of amino acid and sweetness and umami component. Theanine moves to leaves after created in tea trees, however, matca, gyokuro and this year’s teanewly-picked tea holds more theanine than green tea because it becomes catechin after getting some sun. Also it gives out odorant when it is heated and reacts sugar content so that matcha and gyokuro have original flavor. Theanine has the function of excitation, which can be expected works for relaxing effect and getting rid of stress.


Refresh, Relax, Poor circulation improvement, Sleeper effect, Increase the concentration, Improve premenstrual syndrome, Improve menopausal disorder and High blood pressure prevention


Speaking of coffee, it’s caffeine and matcha also contains a lot of caffeine.

Gyokuro: 120mg / Coffee: 90mg / Matcha: 30mg / Green tea: 20mg

Compared with coffee, gyokuro has much more caffeine and it is said 4 times of matcha. Caffeine has stimulant effect, antipyretic analgesic action, cardiotonic action and diuretic effect but you should be careful to take the daily amount of intake because it can cause dizzy, weaken the bone and be addicted to it if you take it too much. Caffeine is combined in not only coffee and tea but also chocolate, cola, nutrient drink and headache medicine. Alike catechin and theanine, tea caffeine is combined a lot in matcha and gyokuro because of younger tea leaves.


Awakening, Antipyretic analgesic, cardiotonic, diuretic, Hangover relief and Improvement of endurance

Protein (protein)

Protein is one of the three major nutrients like carbohydrate and fat. For example, there are a lot of protein in meats, seafoods, eggs, beans and daily products. Matcha has 30g protein per 100g, which is the same amount as salmon roe. It works for the function of muscle and liver and becomes the material of enzyme, antibody and hormone. It can cause weakened immune system and physical strength if it fails.


Improve endurance, Reduce fatigue and Improve immune system

As mentioned above, Matcha contains various nutrients that are good for our health! It is not that easy to take these nutrients from daily meals, but recently it is beginning to be regarded as “super food” as it can be consumed in a cup of green tea. Of course, you can drink Matcha as a traditional way, but there are also many ways you can enjoy it, such as Matcha Latte, Matcha Salt, Cake, Smoothie etc.…just by mixing Matcha with milk, confectionary or ingredients! Next time we will introduce about “how to enjoy Matcha”! Please try to find out how to use the original Matcha!


As mentioned, Matcha has variety of unknown effects. It is hard to get them in dairy meal, however, you can take them by a cup of matcha so it is regarded as super food nowadays. Of course, it is right to enjoy it as usual but there are more familiar ways to enjoy matcha with latte, salt and smoothies. Let’s try matcha by your own ways.
These example is just an example. Therefore we recommend you that you should be careful of the amount of intake under the doctor’s guidance if you have any concern about your health condition.