Matcha has become such a popular drink in the recent times and you’ll find it offered at almost any coffee shop across the globe.
Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. Matcha leaves are grown on green tea bushes kept under shade. The shade increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves, which is what makes them bright green and full of nutrients.
One fun fact about Matcha tea is that only a cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea. This is what makes matcha tea special.
Now let’s take a look at some of its benefits:
- High in Antioxidants: Incorporating matcha tea in your diet could boost your antioxidant intake, which is greatly known to prevent cell damage and reduce risks of chronic diseases.
- Weight loss: There have been studies to show that matcha can assist with weight loss. It can help to burn up to 25% more calories during exercise and raise your thermogenesis (body’s rate of burning calories) from 8–10% up to 35–43%.
- Natural Detoxifier: Due to the high levels of antioxidants matcha is a wonderful detoxifier. The catechins protect the body from free radicals which help prevent everything from heart disease to cancer.
- Good for gums/teeth: The antibacterial quality in matcha has been shown to promote healthier gums and teeth by preventing gingivitis (gum disease).
- Relaxation: Matcha contains a rare amino acid called L-theanine which promotes relaxation, sharper memory/focus and reduces stress. It contains a different type of caffeine (theophylline) from coffee which gives a more sustained release and stops caffeine ‘crashes’.
Adding a cup or two of match tea to your daily diet is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet. So remember, if you are drinking green tea for health benefits, choose matcha over regular green tea to reap all the amazing benefits of this super healthy tea.