There’s no doubt about it – all tea leaves are good for you, but matcha is even better. Matcha is unlike any other tea because the entire tea leaf is ground fine into a power, which means in contains more vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and powerful antioxidants than loose leaf tea. For example, one cup of prepared matcha has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of brewed green tea.
Here are some of the unique health benefits of matcha green tea:
- Mental clarity Per teaspoon serving, matcha contains about 70 mg of caffeine, roughly half the amount of a cup of coffee. With just the right amount of caffeine, it’s the morning or afternoon perfect pick-me-up.
- Steady energy and relaxation without the jitters Matcha contains L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that contains alpha waves in the brain to help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. When combined with caffeine, it helps you feel alert and awake with the “shakes” or jitters. Matcha provides hours of steady energy without crashing.
- Metabolism boost Rich in dietary fiber, matcha helps to support a healthy metabolism.
- Heavy metal detox Because matcha is shade grown, the leaves are rich in chlorophyll, which helps the body eliminate heavy metals and other toxins.
- Mega dose of antioxidants Because the tea leaves are ground into a fine powder, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than traditional green tea. Similarly, matcha contains nearly 29 times more antioxidants than blueberries, a well-known, antioxidant-rich super food. In fact, the oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) or antioxidant content of matcha is higher than many other well-known superfoods, including pomegranates, acai, and spinach.
Why are the antioxidants in matcha so important?
Antioxidants are chemical compounds that help to prevent chronic disease and combat the effects of aging – they play a critical role in your body’s natural defenses and have the power to neutralize cancer-causing free radical cells. Antioxidants have also been shown to slow cognitive deterioration in older adults and improve information processing.
Matcha us abundant in a uniquely potent class of antioxidants known as catechins, which typically aren’t found in other foods. Over 60% of the catechins in matcha are EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), which has known for its cancer-fighting properties.
The more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is to fight against the effects of disease, pollution, aging and well, life in general. A daily matcha experience can help you feel balanced and vibrant – like your best self in both mind and body.