At Saihōji, we understand that many people enjoy drinking matcha for its renowned health benefits. The health and nutritional benefits of matcha have long preceded its ‘superfood’ status and have been known in Japan since ancient times.
8th Century Zen priest Eisai described matcha as “the ultimate mental and medical remedy” and noted that it “has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. By incorporating matcha into your daily ritual, you treat your body to the tea's unique health benefits.
MATCHA REDUCES STRESS
Matcha powder benefits the mind due to the presence of L-Theanine. This amino acid encourages the brain to produce alpha waves which contribute to a healthy state of relaxation. Inspired by the tranquil Moss Temple in Kyoto, each cup of our matcha tea promotes serenity and calmness, allowing you to peacefully let go of stress.
MATCHA IS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Each cup of matcha tea contains a vast amount of antioxidants. There are more antioxidants in one cup of matcha than there are in 10 cups of regular green tea. Antioxidants see out oxygen free radicals and neutralize their effects, and in doing so protect the body from disorders and inflammation.
MATCHA BOOSTS ENERGY
An immediate benefit of drinking matcha tea is the natural energy boost it provides. The caffeine molecules in the matcha sustain energy levels without any adverse effects. The caffeine binds to more stable molecules found in the tea, like catechins. This process slows the breakdown of caffeine in the bloodstream and counteracts the negative side effects often associated with coffee: no jitters and no crash.
Matcha green tea powder benefits the body's ability to detoxify as it has a cleansing effect on the blood. The presence of chlorophyll maintains the alkalinity of blood and tissues and flushes harmful toxins out of the body.
MATCHA FOR WEIGHT LOSS
The potent class of antioxidants in matcha known as catechins help to reduce body fat. Not only this, but they dynamically aid in boosting metabolism which also helps decrease body fat mass.
MATCHA IMPROVES COGNITION
Buddhist monks have long relied on and cherished matcha tea for the deep state of concentration the tea provides during meditation. As well as L-theanine’s soothing effect on the brain, it has also been found to reduce physiological and psychological stress by restricting neuron excitation.
MATCHA STRENGTHENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Studies show that matcha powder benefits the immune system and contributes to the prevention and treatment of various medical conditions. The EGCG catechin (epigallocatechin gallate) in matcha is superior in its ability to fight off infections and protect the body. Studies have also found the polyphenols present in matcha prevent the increase in malignant cancerous cells.
MATCHA FOR HEALTHY SKIN
Matcha tea has immense anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce the redness of the skin. Drinking matcha also delays the ageing process of skin, ensuring it stays tighter and smoother for longer. Another added benefit is the nourishing hydration matcha offers, keeping skin soft.
MATCHA TASTES GREAT
While not necessarily a health benefit, the exquisite taste and aroma of our matcha green tea is an even more desirable trait. We believe this to be the most enjoyable of all matcha tea benefits.
Home to two extraordinary blends and one rare single batch of matcha, Saihōji is a sanctuary for the most exclusive matcha in Japan. Browse our range here and discover the wonderful health benefits that our matcha has to offer.