Matcha vs. Green Tea
Matcha is grown in Japan under shadow and ground into a fine powder. When drinking lively matcha tea, you consume the entire tea leaf and digest 100% of the plants’ benefits. This is the biggest difference between traditional green tea and matcha.
The nutrients on a single cup of matcha equals the nutrients on 10 cups of green tea! That’s how powerful matcha is.
Traditional teas are prepared and consumed via steeping the tea leaves infused with hot water. Steeped tea is only a single soluble extract of the tea leaves, 90% of the healthy nutrients are left behind on the tea bag, so you only consume 10% when drinking steeped green tea.
But how powerful matcha really is?
Matcha is a Super Food Full of Antioxidants
11 Shocking Health Benefits of Matcha
1. Younger Looking Skin (Highest antioxidant super food in the world!)
We know, you probably already read this before: “Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies”… That’s sort of the official-easy term of antioxidants. The truth is that Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and (let’s not forget) dark chocolate. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 137x times more antioxidants than any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method. Unbelievable right?
2. Cancer Fighting Antioxidant EGCg
Not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial of all. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea! Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. That’s right, all in your matcha cup!
3. Calm and Relaxation like a Zen Buddha
For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks to relax and meditate while remaining awake and alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.” This is great for any meditation based activity, just like yoga!
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4. Better Memory, Better Concentration on What Matters to You
I’m guilty on this… As years go by, my memory keeps getting worse! Luckily, another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone (not just me!).
5. Energy like a Samurai, without Jitters and Crash Down
Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients, not from the caffeine itself. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness, hypertension, or crash down. It’s an excellent source of clean energy.
6. Burns Calories up to 35% Faster
Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Kick your metabolism into next gear by drinking it 30 minutes before your workout for maximum effect.
7. Get rid of bad chemicals in your body #detox #teatox!
During the last three weeks before matcha tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body. Perfect for detox and to maintain a healthy clean self.
8. Fortifies the Immune System
The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
9. Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have show that people who drink Match 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. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha.
10. Amazing Flavor, Mind Blowing Recipes
Drinking something just because it’s healthy can be a lot like swallowing medicine. It’s unpleasant and you dread it, but you feel obligated to do it. After all, it’s good for you… right?
Fortunately, unlike a lot of other teas which require sugar, milk, or lemon to make them palatable to the average consumer, Matcha is absolutely delicious all by itself. It’s crisp vegetative notes are complimented by the savory taste of the L-Theanine amino acid making Matcha a tea that is truly unique in every way. Matcha has the ability to make tasty lattes, smoothies, frappes and desserts! So sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious bowl of hot Matcha.
11. 70% Less Caffeine than Coffee and a Healthier Caffeine
With an average of 60 mg of caffeine content on a single cup of Matcha tea vs. 170 mg of caffeine on a single coffee cup, we are ingesting 70% less caffeine than a coffee! Natural caffeine like the one we find on matcha is good for your body, when ingested in small dosis (1-2 cups a day), because it creates a sense alertness and gives the energy boost you need. Matcha caffeine is consumed slowly over the day, which is why there are no spikes on your body, only a steady long boost throughout your day. On top of that, matcha’s caffeine won’t give you the jitters nor a crash down afterwards!
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