The Matcha-hype: Is it worth it?
Tea or coffee? I’d prefer tea over coffee any time of the day. I know many would agree with me when I say that tea really does wonders in my body. Everyday, I’m exploring with different varieties of tea when I’m in the office doing work or just in my home ready to go to sleep. I’ve already tasted a wide variety of teas I may say – Some tastes really good, some are just okay, and some to be honest doesn’t – but what I’m always after is the benefits tea would give to my body and health in general.
Speaking of which – amongst all the teas I’ve tried, matcha is probably my favorite. Not only because of it’s very well-known nowadays, but also of all the amazing health benefits that it would give you. But before diving in to its many benefits, what really is a matcha tea and where does it come from?
What is Matcha tea?
According to Rachael Link of healthline.com, like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it is grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile. It is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. (The name “matcha” literally means “powdered tea.”) The powder is then whisked with hot water. This is different from regular green tea, where the leaves are infused in water, then removed. Matcha has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and it is now considered to be one of the most powerful superfoods on the market today.
Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet. I’ve researched and tested these benefits by myself and I would like to share them with you:
has a lot of antioxidants
Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease. Good news is that matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research.
boosts metabolism and burn calories
Another polyphenol in matcha called EGCG has been shown in research to boost metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells. Also, matcha green tea utilizes fat as an energy source. Green tea catechins activate the body’s thermogenic fat burning activity
Burn up to 25% more calories from EGCGs in Matcha Tea than regular green tea.
promotes calmness and reduces stress
Matcha has been shown to improve attention, memory and reaction time. It also contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function. L-theanine has also been shown to increase alpha wave activity in the brain, which may help induce relaxation and decrease stress levels.
increases energy levels
A recent study found that matcha improved physical endurance by 24%. If you switch out your morning cup of coffee for matcha, you will have sustained energy and improved focus all day without jitters or a caffeine crash.
improves heart health
Introducing matcha green tea into your regular diet may significantly lower your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Plus the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, especially EGCG, have shown to be helpful in maintaining healthy arteries.
is full of Vitamins
In just one bowl of matcha green tea provides substantial quantities of potassium, vitamins A & C, iron, protein, and calcium. Because it is straight, stoneground tea leaves, matcha provides you with green teas powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.