Matcha Madness: 9 Surprising Reasons You Should Try Matcha Tea
In the morning, you go about your daily routine, eating a quick breakfast and drinking a cup of java on your way to work. You feel energized and excited for the day ahead, but when you sit down and start working, you notice a lull in your energy.
It’s time for that second cup of coffee. But before you know it, two cups turns into three. Then, you find yourself so wound up you can barely function. Sound familiar?
Most people love a cup of Joe in the morning, but dread the inevitable crash within a few hours. What’s the solution?
Drink matcha green tea instead!
But what is matcha exactly, and why is everyone claiming that it’s the new super food?
First used in sacred ceremonies by Chinese monks during the 4th century B.C., today matcha is used by people the world over for its countless health and wellness benefits.
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves that are often grown in Japan. Drinking just a cup a day will increase your focus and concentration, decrease your stress levels, boost immunity, and kick diseases such as cancer and diabetes in the butt. The health benefits of matcha are truly endless!
Here are 9 reasons you should add matcha to your daily ritual:
1. Go get ‘em
Macha will give you more clarity of mind, focus and alertness than your good ‘ole cup of Joe without the dreaded shakes and inevitable crash. This is because coffee is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, whereas matcha is absorbed in the gut at a much slower pace. Therefore, macha has a longer lasting effect on energy levels so you can go about your day and go get ‘em!
2. Better than blueberries
Experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha has more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates combined. In fact, one cup of matcha has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea. If you think you’re getting the same benefits by drinking that one cup of green tea as you do a cup of matcha, think again.
3. Fight the ah-choos
The antioxidants in matcha help your body fight off disease and sickness. The more matcha and other antioxidant-rich foods you consume, the better equipped your body will be to fight off everything from the common cold to diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis.
4. Kick cancer’s butt
Matcha contains catechins (a type of antioxidant), which are a type of compound found in other superfoods such as berries, broccoli and dark chocolate. These catechins are anti-microbial, anti-cancer forming, and anti-inflammatory. Matcha green tea contains 30% more catechins than any other teas, giving you the biggest bang for your buck.
5. Lose it
Studies have shown that drinking matcha can aid in weight loss. The increased number of catechins found in matcha help boost metabolic rate during exercise, which increases your caloric burn by four times!
6. Get your zen on
Chinese monks have been using matcha as an energy booster and a way to relax and clear their minds during meditation. Matcha contains an amino acid L-theanine, commonly found in green and black teas as well as mushrooms. L-theanine is responsible for creating a sense of calm without drowsiness.
7. Smart looks good on you
L-theanine also balances your brain chemistry. This means that in addition to enhancing your mood, it has a positive effect on your memory and learning capabilities.
8. Green machine
During the last three to four weeks of their harvest time, matcha leaves are covered for protection from the sun. This results in greater amounts of chlorophyll production, giving matcha its bright, green color and acting as a natural detoxifier for the organs and skin.
9. Tough ticker
A Chinese study of 14,000 participants found that drinking tea with high levels of L-theanine slashes your risk of stroke by 40%. Matcha also helps reduce blood pressure and is an easy way to keep your heart healthy!
If you’re looking for a cancer-fighting, antioxidant-boosting energizer to add into your daily diet, look no further than matcha.
Mix a teaspoon of matcha powder into some boiling water and add a dash of maple syrup or milk and drink it as a tea. Or you can mix it into breads, baked goods, oatmeal, smoothies or homemade ice cream. No matter how you use it, incorporate matcha into your next recipe and experience its tremendous health benefits.
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