I don’t know about you, but at OMGTEA we like to know exactly what matcha we’re drinking. We want to know where it came from, who has grown it and what journey it’s taken to get to our cup. That’s why we’re very careful about making sure that OMGTEA Matcha is sourced from Nishio region of Japan.
There are two major regions in which Matcha is cultivated, one is Nishio in the heart of Aichi-prefecture, and the other one is Uji of Kyoto Japan. Some of Japan’s highest quality teas come from Nishio, where the Japanese have been cultivating tea since the 1200’s.
Our OMGTEA comes from Nishio region of Japan.
Nishio’s stable climate, fresh and beautifully clear river waters, fertile soil and situated miles from polluted urban areas means it’s tea leaves are more resiliently grown, green and packed full of nutrients – more so than those found in any other regions of Japan.
The key region for organic cultivation is located 600m above sea level providing a cooler climate. These lower temperatures provide a natural barrier against insects. This is obviously very important since organic production does not use any pesticides and relies on natural fertilizers only.
The matcha farmers in this region are considered among the best in Japan for organic cultivation.
We’re heading out to meet the amazing farmers who cultivate our OMGTEA matcha. So you can be sure that OMGTEA is and always will be top quality, premium grade, and organic matcha – the exact kind of matcha you should be drinking to get maximum benefits.
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Due to the amazing health benefits of Matcha green tea you might consider giving your child a small cup each morning.
Green tea is known to be rich in catechins which are disease-fighting nutrients that can protect you from heart disease and certain types of cancer; this is reported in many medical and scientific studies now and cited by the Harvard School of Public Health. EGCg the most powerful of these catechins is found most abundantly in Matcha green tea.
Below are listed some of the potential benefits for children who drink Matcha.
Children are at an increased risk of tooth decay, according to a 2012 study published in a well-known peer review journal *.The phytonutrient catechins in green tea, specifically epigallocatechin-gallate (EGCc), protect your child’s mouth against cavity-causing bacteria, while the sulphur components work on bad breath.
Keep Colds & Flu at Bay
The catechins in Matcha have antiviral properties that may protect your child from the flu. A study published in “The Journal of Nutrition” in 2011, explored the relationship between green tea consumption and the flu infection in a group of school children in Japan. The researchers found fewer cases of flu in children who drank one to five cups of green tea a day.
According to the American Heart Association the build-up of plaque in our arteries begins in childhood. Including Matcha tea into your child’s diet may help improve heart health.
Another Japanese study into obesity, published in 2008 found a decrease in cholesterol levels and blood pressure in a group of obese Japanese children who were given a catechin-rich drink.
You may have concerns about giving your child a drink that contains caffeine. An average cup ofMatcha contains 30 milligrams of caffeine whilst a regular coffee has 70-75milligrams. However, the caffeine in Matcha works with the L-Thenaine to give a slow release over 3 to 6 hours and as a result it is energising and calming at the same time, not at all like the caffeine effects experienced when drinking coffee. In addition it is worth noting that caffeine is commonly found in a number of foods that your child may already be consuming, including chocolate. Therefore the health benefits for children drinking Matcha in small amounts, maybe one cup a day first thing in the morning, far outweighs any negligible negatives.