Matcha Tea Health Benefits
Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages, with matcha in particular, being the healthiest form of green tea.
Drinking matcha is a natural and enjoyable way to add many powerful health benefits into your daily life.
But why is matcha special?
First Of All, What Is Matcha?
Matcha is a special type of Japanese green tea in powdered form. It is known for its long list of health benefits and distinct taste. Traditionally it is prepared as tea, but recently has been used as an ingredient in all different types of food and beverages.
It requires stricter farming and processing compared to other teas. The green tea trees for matcha need to be grown in the shade for 20-30 days before harvest. The tea leaves are then carefully handpicked, steamed, dried, and finally stone-milled into a fine powder.
Matcha Powder vs Regular Green Tea
Matcha is said to have the health benefits of up to 10 cups of regular green tea.
When brewing a cup of loose leaf green tea, only a small fraction of the healthy nutrients are extracted from the leaf, before disposing of the leaves. Because matcha is made by grinding the leaves into a powder, you are consuming the entire tea leaf along with 100% of the nutrients contained in the leaf.
Matcha Tea Benefits
Some of the main benefits of drinking matcha tea include:
- Improves focus & concentration
- Helps burn calories
- Increases energy
- Can improve skin health
- Boosts immune system
- Detoxifies the body
- Promotes a calm mind
- Has cancer fighting properties
- Improves heart health
Matcha is rich in antioxidants, in fact, it has more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
Antioxidants are chemical compounds that help protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, which can lead to a range of diseases and increase the symptoms of aging. Antioxidants neutralise these free radicals
helping to slow aging and fight off chronic diseases.
Matcha contains unique antioxidants known as catechins (predominantly found in teas), with especially high quantities of EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate).
Studies have shown EGCG to have a range of benefits such as weight loss, heart health, lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system, & much more. It is also known for its cancer fighting properties.
Decrease Stress, Increase Focus
Matcha contains high amounts of a rare amino acid known as L-theanine (only found in tea leaves and one type of mushroom).
Studies have shown L-theanine to promote alpha brain frequencies, which calms the mind, without inducing drowsiness.
Other benefits of L-theanine include lowering stress, increasing alertness & focus, improved memory and enhancing your mood.
Calming Energy Boost
Matcha does contain caffeine (more than regular green tea, but about a third of a cup of coffee), however, L-theanine works in harmony with the caffeine present in Matcha, for a gentle energy boost without the ‘jitters’ associated with drinking coffee.
Coffee gives a 'spike' or short burst of energy, whereas matcha has a longer lasting, smoother energy boost.
Detox & Cleanse The Body
Matcha is shade grown before harvest, which forces the plant to boost chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll helps to detoxify the body by eliminating heavy metals and chemicals.
Incorporating matcha into your daily health routine is easy!
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