So you may have heard matcha is one of the best sources of antioxidants and that it is an excellent alternative to coffee but what are some of the lesser known benefits of matcha green tea?
Matcha provides a calm but long lasting source of energy. The body's response to the caffeine found in matcha is very different to that which is found in coffee and energy drinks. When caffeine binds with the catechins (antioxidants) it slows down the release of caffeine into the blood stream, creating a more sustained energy 4-6hrs vs. 1hr with coffee. So even if you are the most devoted coffee drinker switching to organic matcha will help to give you the same energy to get started in the morning without any jitteriness.
A not so known fact is matcha hits the trifecta for hangover cures, caffeine, antioxidants and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll detoxifies, the antioxidants fight off the free radicals within the liver and caffeine gives us some much needed extra energy. A matcha mixed with ice cold coconut water before heading out and again in the morning will give your body the best defence against a nasty hangover.
Matcha is the purest and highest quality green tea you can drink. It is packed with 10 x more antioxidants than normal green tea. Historically known as the elixir of immortality matcha contains catechins which are a compound that has been found to offer protection against cancer and slow the aging process. Starting your day with a cup of matcha is one of the easiest ways you can help promote the health of your skin.
Matcha contains l-theanine a unique amino acid that helps to naturally promote a feeling of calm and reduces anxiety. When combined with caffeine it results in what is often referred to as a feeling of alert calmness. So when you drink a cup of matcha green tea the experience is both relaxing and stimulating at the same time. Making it perfect for studying and improving concentration.
Like other green teas matcha is good for detoxing the body but it also has thermogenic properties which can increase your metabolism up to 4x and help suppress your appetite.
If after reading this you are looking for a little more inspiration in how you can introduce a little more matcha tea to your day check out our Recipe page for some of our favourite matcha green tea recipes.