Friday, 20 May 2016
What Is Matcha & Why Is It So Amazing?
Matcha is something I've seen popping up all over the place recently, it seems to be growing in popularity more and more by the day but what is matcha and why is everyone drinking it and even baking with it?
Matcha is the highest quality green tea powder. When you drink a normal cup of green tea you're not drinking the actual leaves....in fact you're throwing away valuable goodness when you put the teabag in the bin! But with matcha you consume the whole leaf that's been dried and grown down into a fine powder which means you're getting a higher source of nutrients. Due to it's amazing powers and benefits it's been consumed for over a millennium in the far east and is now considered one of the most powerful superfoods on sale today.
Anti-Oxidants & Cancer Fighting Properties
Matcha is one of the highest forms of antioxidants out there! Antioxidants are a chemical compound that we all should be getting lots of because they fight against effects of UV radiation, give us younger & healthier looking skin and even prevent chronic disease. Many fruits & vegetables contain these amazing antioxidants but none compare to matcha! Just 1 large cup of matcha tea provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food....pretty cool right?
Not all antioxidants are the same, and green tea contains a specific set of compounds known as catechins which are the most potent and beneficial. One catechin called EGCg is most widely recognised for its cancer fighting properties and matcha green tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market. Magical.
Increases Energy Levels
All green tea naturally contains caffeine, but the energy boost you'll receive from matcha is mostly due to it's unique combination of nutrients. The presence of the amino acid L-Theanine means you don't get any of those usual caffeine side effects either like shaking, nervousness or hypertension. The energy you get from matcha is good, clean energy that promotes concentration and clarity of mind.
Boosts Your Mood
I mentioned the amino acid L-Theanine above, and another benefit of this compound is that it helps the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals enhance your mood and can make you feel happier, more relaxed and even have improved memory!
Promotes A Healthy Immune System
The catechins in matcha green tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties. One large cup of matcha provides your precious body with vitamins A & C, iron, calcium and potassium which all promote a healthy immune system and overall health.
I feel like a faster metabolism is something we all wish for, and matcha tea has been shown to boost metabolic rate and help the body to burn fat about four times faster than average! Unlike most diet aids on the market matcha has no negative side effects and won't put stress on the body.
Detoxifies The Body
I feel like we all need a little detox power every once in a while and matcha is brilliant at that! Matcha contains high levels of chlorophyll which not only give it that beautiful bright green colour but also make it a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing chemicals and toxins from the body.
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