Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
Have you heard all the hype around matcha tea, but unsure what it is or how it can benefit you? Read on, but first…
-What is Matcha?
Matcha is basically powdered green tea. When you drink matcha, you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf. When steeping green tea, you leave most of the nutrients in the uneaten leaf. Matcha is also unique to Japan, while other green teas are grown throughout the world. Matcha leaves are grown under shade which increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves, giving the matcha its bright green color and added nutrients.
You can mix matcha with water for a traditional tea or you can also use it as an ingredient in recipes. I like to mix it with my daily smoothie, both for the taste and all the benefits mentioned below. Matcha does have caffeine, but less than coffee or black tea.
-Benefits of Matcha
- Packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg (shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties). 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. 6 times more antioxidants that goji berries, 20 times more than pomegranates and blueberries. Antioxidants are key for reducing cell damage and preventing chronic disease.
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories, without raising blood pressure or heart rate
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally by protecting the health of your liver
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body. Matcha is rich in L-Theanine (a rare amino acid) that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. 5 times more L-Theanine in matcha compared to common black and green teas. L-theanine alters the effects of caffeine that helps avoid the crash in energy levels that can follow caffeine consumption.
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
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