Previously: Tia Maria Matcha - an experience worth trying in pursuit of all things Tea!  I noted last time that Matcha is high in antioxidants.  Why should this be noteworthy? Well, quite simply antioxidants are good for you, helping all organs of the body.  But thetas not the whole story of tea health benefits but it’s a fundamental start. As a post of interest, if Matcha is mixed with cold water an antioxidant level of around 4.7% can be achieved.  But, it gets better, as mixing with hot water will increase this to approximately 8.3%.  Now for the really best news of all: if you mix Matcha with not water but another ingredient you can achieve nearly 12% antioxidants ….. and the winning ingredient is Vodka.    Yes, Vodka, so who said alcohol and chips were so bad for you?  ????

Moving on …

Scratching the surface of health benefits, rather than regurgitating an endless Internet search of all manner of data, a few tantalisers are allegedly: drinking tea can help abate your appetite; help regulate cholesterol (tea contains catenin); aid the cardio-vascular system; help: prevention of dental cavities and help boost immune system having natural antibacterial  properties.  This, of course, relies on drinking several cups of tea per day.

Tea is not a thoroughly researched natural product but science is gathering data and more and more information becomes available on the Internet with each day.  Of course much tea knowledge comes from China and the historical backlog from 2737 B.C. when Emperor Shen Nong appreciated the aroma of hot water into which leaves from a bush (Camellia Sinensis), had fallen - the first Tea.  I guess nearly 5000 years with tea does give China an acceptable insight to its benefits.

And to think that from 2737 B.C. we now have kettles that heat to a pre-set temperature for Green Tea and dingly-dangly infusers to sit, brewing, in a mug - that’s progress for you.