MEET YOUR MATCHA
Health & Fitness
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you likely know about or have even tried green tea for its health benefits, its caffeine punch, or simply because it has a lovely taste. However, have you experienced matcha green tea?! Matcha green tea is basically the green tea of all green teas and it blows standard green tea out of the water in essentially every area.
Matcha green tea is made from the entire leaf of the plant so you ingest 100% of the nutrients within it. It contains 130+ more antioxidants than standard green tea (which is already antioxidant rich) and just one serving of matcha is the nutritional equivalent to about 10+ cups of standard brewed green tea.
Matcha tea was traditionally used in Japan for tea ceremonies and is quite literally “steeped” in history. Besides its historical significance, matcha is also a very delicate tea to make. You need specific equipment to successfully and properly make a good cup of matcha from the very bitter powdered leaves. When you are looking for some matcha, be warned that it is pricier than other teas, but it is well worth the cost. Also, finding a good quality matcha is crucial for both taste and performance. You can drink matcha as is (whisked in hot water) or add milk/milk alternative, sweetening, or mix it into smoothies and other drinks. Many coffee shops have started serving matcha, but watch out because often times quite a bit of sweetener is added to a matcha latte to sweeten up the particular taste. Ask for a half sweet or an unsweetened to really reap the benefits without all the sugar.
Matcha green tea is… GREEN. That means that it is incredibly rich in chlorophyll, which is essentially plant blood and has incredible nutritional benefits including major healing and detoxifying/cleansing of the entire body. Matcha is also rich in fibre, very high in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium, and other vitamins. It is very high in antioxidants which help to fight cancer and other diseases. In particular, it is rich in an antioxidant called EGCG which is extremely beneficial in fighting inflammation and boosting cardiovascular and metabolic health. With this boost in metabolism comes increased burning of calories and thus weight loss and fat burning capabilities. Matcha green tea has also been found to lower cholesterol significantly, as well as lowering blood sugar levels. While it does contain caffeine and can help energize you, it also has amazing calming effects on the brain and body and can even help to enhance and improve mood and concentration.
The ancient Japanese culture has been recognizing and utilizing the benefits of this amazing tea for an immensely long time and now you can too! Whether you just try matcha for its unique taste, use it every once in a while for an extra caffeine energy kick, or swap out your daily coffee and have matcha as a substitute, there is no doubt that you will feel and enjoy the green goodness!