There’s so Matcha to love about Matcha. A long-standing tradition of Japanese culture, Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered tea available that is now taking the health world by storm. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves of Cameliia sinensis plants, you may have seen Matcha appearing in health shots, smoothies, lattes, teas and even desserts in shops and restaurants around you. So why exactly is Matcha such a buzz superfood at the moment? To help explain the frenzy and why we’ve chosen to include Matcha Green Tea in some of our products (The Health Plus and The Lean Plus), we’ve given you 6 reasons why we love Matcha Green Tea.
6 Reasons Why We Love Matcha Green Tea
1. It’s high in antioxidants.
Matcha is rich in catechins. These are a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger looking skin and helping to stabilize harmful free radicals, which are compounds that can damage our cells and cause chronic diseases like cancer. Matcha’s antioxidant levels are 60.5 times that of Spinach and 7 times that of Dark Chocolate- a perfect fit for our vitalising Health Plus!
2. It increases energy levels and endurance.
While Green Tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients and amino acids. The increased endurance from a cup of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours. And because it contains the unique amino acid L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers don’t experience any of the usual jittery caffeine side effects that they get from other drinks like coffee. It’s all good, clean energy.
3. It aids natural weight loss.
Matcha Green Tea assists in speeding up your metabolism and helping you lose weight quicker. A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proved that Green Tea Powder increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily expenditure! These amazing metabolism-boosting benefits are just another reason why we’ve chosen to include Matcha Green Tea in our Lean Plus.
4. It naturally detoxes the body.
During the last three weeks before Green Tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha Powder, the Camellia sinensis leaves are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This process causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production resulting in Matcha Green Tea having high levels of chlorophyll within them. Chlorophyll is a nutrient, which helps safely cleanse and eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals from our bodies thus naturally making Matcha Green Tea a powerful detoxifier.
5. It boosts memory and concentration.
Another amazing effect of the amino acid L-Theanine found in Matcha Green Tea is its ability to increase the production of dopamine and serotonin. An increase in these two chemicals can enhance your mood, increase focus, improve memory and promote better concentration- making Green Matcha Tea an amazing brain booster.
6. It tastes great.
Unlike many other health teas that require countless teaspoons of sugar to make it drinkable, Matcha is absolutely wonderful on its own. Its crisp vegetative notes compliment perfectly with the savoury taste of the L-Theanine amino acid making its taste truly unique in every way. Simply drunk on its own, or placed into health products like our Health Plus and Lean Plus, Matcha Green Tea is a delicious super food that you cannot afford to be missing out on.