Matcha has long been a tradition in Japan. It is the center of every tea ceremony. In the USA, the beverage has been trending for several years now. In the meantime, this champagne of teas is gaining popularity outside the Asian-American community. Those who reduce their coffee consumption over time and switch to matcha will soon experience a noticeably positive effect.
"The energy level
you get after sipping a cup of matcha
can last more than 6 hours."
Matcha is not to be compared with regular green tea since matcha powder contains significantly more micronutrients due to its method of preparation. I for one cannot imagine my day without matcha. Let me explain why I'm so crazy about this green elixir.
Rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants protect the body from the free radicals circulating in our body, which attack healthy cells and contribute to the development of many diseases, including most cancers. In addition, antioxidants support the immune system, provide us with energy and slow down the aging process. Large quantities of antioxidants are found in fresh fruits and vegetables. But only matcha has the highest concentration of antioxidants on the ORAC scale.
Strengthens the immune system
Catechins, found abundant in matcha, have antibacterial and antiviral effects. Found to strengthen the immune system, they also play a major role in protecting the skin from harmful sun radiation. A particularly powerful antioxidant in matcha is a catechin derivative called EGCG. This organic compound has demonstrated strong anti-tumor effects and is 100 times more potent than vitamin C.
One cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of ordinary green tea in terms of antioxidant load.
Soothing and relaxing
L-theanine, an amino acid in tea leaves, stimulates the emission of alpha waves in the brain which affect our mood by reducing stress and creating a feeling of relaxation and calm - without bringing on fatigue. In matcha tea the content of this amino acid is much higher than in other green teas.
Increases energy level and improves stamina
The energy level you get after sipping a cup of matcha can last more than 6 hours. Although matcha contains caffeine, it does not induce the kind of side effects commonly observed after drinking coffee, for example, hyperactivity, high blood pressure and nervousness. The energy boost is stable because the caffeine is evenly distributed in the blood.
Helps burn excess calories
Matcha speeds up the body's metabolism, resulting in fat burning at 4 times the normal rate. Unlike other dietary supplements, matcha is a natural supplement that comes without any side effects, like increased heart rate or high blood pressure.
Cleanses from the inside
Thanks to the high content of chlorophyll, the pigment responsible for the leaves’ green hue, matcha aids in ridding the body of toxins.
Lowers bad cholesterol
According to research, people who regularly drink matcha have lower levels of LDL cholesterol (the cholesterol that causes all kinds of damage in the body) and higher levels of good HDL cholesterol. Men who drink matcha regularly have an 11% lower incidence of heart disease than those who do not (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011). Since matcha has a high concentration of many micronutrients, again, balance is key. A daily amount of 1 to, maximum, 2 cups of matcha provides the body with the perfect nutrient boost.
"Large quantities of antioxidants
are found in fresh fruits and vegetables.
But only matcha has the highest
concentration of antioxidants
on the ORAC scale."