Matcha is green tea which has gone through a special step in the plant’s growth to increase the taste and health properties. The plant is grown in shade or covered with cloth to produce the highest quality green tea possible.
Standard green tea is steeped and the leaves are removed and discarded, along with many of their benefits. Matcha uses the entire leaf and grinds it into a fine, emerald green powder. This provides both increased health and nutritional benefits in addition to giving the product a unique, fresh, green taste. As little as one cup of Matcha green tea powder contains all of the health properties found in 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea. That’s right, you read that correctly!
The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
1. Natural boost in energy
Matcha green tea provides you with good, clean energy that keeps you going for hours after enjoying your cuppa. Like all green teas, Matcha does contain caffeine, but the boosting effect is attributed to the combination of other nutrients.
2. Cancer prevention
Matcha tea is full of antioxidants of the most powerful type called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG are known for their amazing anti-cancer properties. They look for free radicals and destroy them. Matcha tea contains more than 100 times more of these natural warriors compared to other commercial teas.
3. Metabolism Booster
Matcha is a great metabolism booster and is used by athletes to help burn fat more quickly and efficiently, makes weight loss easier, and boosts resting metabolism so you lose weight during exercise as well as at rest. In addition to caffeine, Matcha contains catechins which have been scientifically proven to boost metabolic rate.
4. Anti-aging properties
The anti-aging benefits are connected with the abundance of the tea’s antioxidants. The drink fights off disease and protects against UV radiation, thus maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance.
5. Feelings of relaxation
Despite its caffeine content, Matcha has a calming effect on the body and can be used prior to meditation. Its L-theanine (a relaxing agent) balances the body and lowers stress levels.
6. Improved memory and concentration
When the body is relaxed, the mind becomes clearer and is capable of more efficient cognitive processing. Matcha tea increases the secretion of dopamine and serotonin – these two neurotransmitters play an important role in stabilizing mood and preventing depression.
7. Infection Prevention
Matcha has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties which, in addition to its immune system boosting properties, helps to ward off infections as we go about our daily lives.
8. Improved immune system
Matcha’s antioxidants act as natural antibiotics and support the immune system. Furthermore, the tea is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, that all contribute to the body’s defense system.
9. Lower levels of bad cholesterol
Matcha tea lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and at the same time increases the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps with the prevention of cardiovascular disease.
The chlorophyll found in green and Matcha tea powder has detox effects on your various organ systems and tissues found throughout the body. Matcha can help your body to purge and cleanse itself safely and effectively from a wide variety of environmental and natural toxins produced by organ system function. Heavy metals and chemicals are eliminated using the powerful detox properties found in Matcha tea, leaving your body clean and healthy.
How Much You Should Drink
The average consumption is 1-2 cups a day. Most people like a cup in the morning to “rev” them up, and then a cup in the afternoon to “perk” them up.
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