Matcha Tea - This beautiful green superfood is a stone-ground powdered green tea, typically used in Japanese tea ceremonies. You may have heard of it before because it delivers an astronomical amount of one of the biggest buzzwords in nutrition: antioxidants.
Antioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that offer powerful disease-fighting benefits. They’re our body’s defense agents. According to the latest research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other superfood. In fact, studies have shown that matcha has twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries, and has ten times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea!
Aside from its antioxidant potency, matcha has a list of other health benefits. Some of its most popular nutritional properties include its ability to energize, boost your metabolism, detoxify and increase brain function. Here is a look at some of its unique health properties:
Matcha has become a popular alternative for coffee drinkers because it has a little less caffeine, but delivers a sense of alertness without the jitters. This is because matcha contains amino acid L-theanine, which gives a sense of calmness and inhibits those unpleasant side effects that you may experience from caffeine.
Matcha creates a thermogenic effect, which is the body’s own rate of burning calories. In other words, matcha helps you burn more calories. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the catechins in tea reduces body fat and lowers LDL cholesterol. Studies even show that if you have a serving of matcha before exercising that not only will your physical endurance significantly increase, but you can burn 25% more fat!
Green is the colour of health! Matcha is rich in the detoxifying agent, chlorophyll, which is why it’s green in colour. Chlorophyll helps remove toxins and heavy metals from the body, and will help cleanse the body of any harmful elements.
Matcha has been used traditionally by Buddhist monks for centuries to help them through their meditation practice. As mentioned earlier, matcha is rich in L-theanine, which can give an overall sense of calmness and relaxation, while improving concentration and relieving stress.
Matcha tea has a very rich, earthy and slightly sweet flavour. One of our favourite ways to enjoy matcha is in a delicious latte in the morning or afternoon when we want to take a moment to regroup, take a deep breath and focus on productivity. We have included a recipe for you below so that you can enjoy the nutritional and therapeutic properties of matcha at home:
1. Add the matcha powder into your mug with a small amount of hot water
2. Using a bamboo whisk or the back of a spoon, whisk the matcha and water until it’s become a green paste.
3. Pour remaining hot water, coconut milk, sweetener and vanilla into your mug and stir until well combined.
4. Relax and enjojy!