What’s The Deal with Matcha?

Becoming ever more popular in the west, many of us drink green tea for our health. Claimed to be a superfood of sorts, unfortunately many of the important health benefits are lost when we drink it in its more commonly found teabag form instead of powdered. Both green tea and matcha are born of the same plant, however green tea leaves are more commonly found in tea bags, whilst matcha is in powder form. This means you’re getting the full leaf ground into a fine powder, receiving all the health benefits you were promised. Although opinion is still divided on whether matcha is the super product many claim it to be, it certainly has its impressive benefits.

If you find yourself struggling through that mid-afternoon slump and need an energy bump, or feel like your focus is a little cloudy, getting your hands on this handy little powder could make a world of difference. Be sure to stay away from adding things like milk and sugar to your tea if you want to keep the health benefits.

What separates Matcha from other teas is the special growing process that involves shading the leaves, resulting in the plant producing more theanine, and the stimulant caffeine. The amino acid L-Theanine is known for its impressive mental health effects including boosting cognitive function and improving mood. This promotes a feeling of calm, helpful in stressful situations or if you have a tendency to lose patience. Caffeine, as we all know is a stimulant that works by stimulating the central nervous system promoting alertness, energy and focus. Theanine and Caffeine work synergistically together with one boosting alertness, and the other promoting a sense of calm, allowing you to dial in your focus without the crash or jitters that come with other caffeine products such as coffee or energy drinks.

Besides being great for helping keep your energy levels in check, Matcha is a well-known source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat the negative effects of free radicals, otherwise known as oxidative damage or oxidative stress. These effects can play a huge part in the formation disease for illnesses such as dementia and heart disease which have both been associated with higher levels of inflammation. Certain antioxidants are found within the body itself, whilst others come from our diets by eating certain foods that have anti-inflammatory properties such as blueberries, dark chocolate and of course, matcha. The human liver creates and uses free radicals to detoxify the body whilst white blood cells send free radicals to destroy bacteria, viruses and damaged cells. A medical study published in the National Institute of Health in 2007 found that out of a target group of 69,710 Chinese females aged 40 to 70, drinkers of green tea had a 57 percent lower risk of certain types of cancer.

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