One of matcha’s greatest benefits is its high level of antioxidants. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that may assist in the preventing of ageing and illnesses. Experts have discovered that matcha possesses twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries.
Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. While stress can induce beta waves- an excited, more agitated state- L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. And while L-Theanine is common in all tea, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.
As an additional benefit, L-Theanine may help memory and learning while inhibiting any possible side-effects from the caffeine naturally found in green tea. Therefore, matcha can help to promote concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee.
Matcha may aid in boosting your metabolism, without causing any negative side-effects. It can provide you with an energy boost too!
Matcha may also assist in the detoxification of the body. During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, ‘Camellia Sinensis’ are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea give this tea its beautiful vibrant green colour and makes it a powerful detoxifier, capable of naturally helping to remove heavy metals and toxins from the body.
On top of all of these great benefits, Matcha actually tastes delicious too! As a powder, matcha can be enjoyed as a hot latte style drink, it can be added to fresh smoothies, sprinkled over cereal or even added to healthy desserts or when baking. Try adding some to create a healthy salad dressing, energy bars or even blending with your favourite milk or juice to create a quick and energising Matcha Milkshake!
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