Matcha is the powder form of green tea leaves. Unlike green tea, where the leaves are steeped in water and then removed, consuming the entire leaf allows you to ingest all the nutrients & antioxidants the green tea plant has to offer. Matcha has been around for centuries and here are the reasons why:
Rich in Antioxidants
Matcha tea contains a unique type of antioxidant known as Catechin (EGCg), which is not found in other foods. These antioxidants are the electrons that play the role of neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are the electrons that inhibit cell deterioration. Environmental factors such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke & chemicals spawn free radicals. Consuming antioxidants can negate free radicals and prevent cells from essentially dying.
Matcha has an astonishing amount of antioxidants and is the number 1 ‘superfood’.
Since over 60% of the Catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, including matcha into your daily diet can help restore and preserve your bodies integral well-being and balance.
Matcha contains high amounts of the amino acid; L-Theanine – a natural mood enhancer. L-Theanine activates the brain’s alpha waves, resulting in a feeling of calmness, and combined with matcha’s caffeine content, the drink offers a sustained calm alertness.
Samurai warriors consumed matcha green tea prior to battles because of its energizing properties. It’s caffeine content is equivalent to half a cup of black coffee but the caffeine bind with matcha’s phytonutrients (specifically L-Theanine) slows the body’s absorption of caffeine resulting in no spikes or crashes. It typically lasts at least three hours, though some people report feeling it for as long as six or seven.
Detoxifies the body
Matcha is grown in the shade causing the plant to produce an increased amount of chlorophyll than if it were grown in the sun. Chlorophyll gives plants its distinct vibrant green colour, but is also a powerful detoxifier. It helps the body eliminate chemicals & heavy metals.
Strengthens Immune System
The Catechin in matcha have antibiotic properties that work effectively in promoting better health. Aside from that, matcha also provides your body with sufficient amounts of Vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, protein and iron.
Aids in weight loss
Matcha has thermogenic properties that stimulate fat oxidation. It is a familiar fact that drinking green tea regularly can enhance your metabolism and increase your bodies ability to burn fat by up to four times. Drinking one cup of Matcha is equivalent to drinking 10 cups of green tea. Studies have shown that doing regular exercise after consuming matcha can further increase your fat burning ability by 25%.
The L-Theanine contained in matcha has psychoactive properties designed to induce alpha wave activities within your brain. This helps promote better concentration and mental clarity.