Matcha makes a great Mother’s Day tea because it’s unique – just like dear old ma. Here’s why: Matcha tea is made from shade-grown leaves that are ground into a fine powder and whisked into a frothy beverage – you actually drink the leaves rather than steep them. The result is a more-than-100-fold increase in the amount of EGCG (a powerful polyphenol) over regular green tea. One study found that EGCG increased the production of brain cells, improving learning and memory in mice. Another found that it revived dying skin cells, potentially improving skin conditions. Isn’t that something we can all celebrate?