Over the past few years, matcha has become a popular drink that you’ll find it offered at almost any coffee shop across the country. From matcha shots, lattes, teas and even desserts appearing everywhere from health stores to coffee shops. And unlike most food trends, matcha has maintained its cult wellness status—which means it’s time to get to know exactly what matcha powder is and it’s good-for-you benefits.
But, firstly what is Matcha?
Matcha is part of the green-tea family, but it’s a unique member. Unlike traditional forms of green tea, where you steep tea leaves in water to create the drink, matcha is the powder made from the actual tea leaves, just ground up. Because of this, when you consume matcha, you’re getting a higher concentration of the leaves’ nutrients. Translation: more benefits.
Here are some of the matcha benefits that will make you fall for matcha all over again.Like how everyone says, good things come in small packages — and tea leaves are no exception!
1. Health Benefits
Matcha Green Tea has the highest antioxidant rating of all major superfoods, and there’s even a test to prove it. According to The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test, which measures the antioxidant levels in foods, Matcha Green Tea measures 1384 units per gram*. That’s 13x the antioxidants of pomegranates, 15x the antioxidants of blueberries, and 125x that of spinach. Say hello to feeling invincible!
2. Energy Without The Anxiety, Crash or Jitters
The combination of caffeine with L-theanine, an amino acid in matcha green tea provides a stable and extended boost of energy without the anxious jitters or side effects like you might have previously experienced with coffee and energy drinks.
The caffeine will gently pick you up, provide you with an extended energy boost and then help you remain calm.
3. Matcha May Help You Lose Weight And Burns Calories
Bet your last workout wasn’t that easy! But here’s a tip, try adding matcha green tea powder to your weight loss program and see what happens. EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) found in this tea and caffeine work together to naturally boost your metabolism and increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis. This is because it utilizes fat as an energy source and catechins will activate the body’s thermogenic fat burning activity.
In addition, EGCG will increase CCK (cholecystokinin), the hormone responsible for making you feel full. So, drinking matcha between meals will help you feel full and resist those sneaky snacks that are full of calories.
4. Matcha For Focus
The combination of caffeine and L-theanine do wonders once again but for concentration. L-theanine boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves encourage relaxation and induce a profound feeling of mental clarity and a more alert state of mind – the same mental state can be found in meditation and yoga practice.
5. Matcha For Detox
Matcha leaves are shade-grown and, when you throw shade at plants, they produce extra chlorophyll in their leaves. Green tea has powerful detoxifying properties and in some cases has the ability to naturally eliminate heavy metal ions and toxins from the body.
6. Matcha Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels
Studies of different populations revealed that people who drink Matcha green tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol, while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL “good” cholesterol. The function of HDL sweeps away bad cholesterol from arteries, preventing atherosclerosis. The clogged arteries that result from atherosclerosis can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Long story short, avoid LDLs.
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Heal Nutrition’s Matcha Latte from their dairy range is packed with all these benefits, 20g of protein and it’s less that 120 kcal? Get into this Matcha Madness and enjoy today!