Discover the magic of matcha…
Matcha is my favourite super food of all time – and that’s really saying something. I can’t get enough and what’s even better, it’s SO good for you.
It contains over 137 times more EGCG (an antioxidant), than regular green tea, making it one of the best superfoods there is out there.
So what even is matcha? It’s basically a powdered form of green tea that’s been grown in shade for four weeks before it’s harvested. By having the plants grow in the shade, more theanine and caffeine are produced, making this tea even more incredible.
By having more caffeine, drinking matcha can help you to stay alert and helps with mental clarity but what I love about matcha is you get all the benefits of a caffeine hit without the anxious jitters. How? Because the caffeine is produced alongside L-theanine, you don’t get the horrible peak and fall like regular caffeine in coffee and tea. Instead, what you find is a calm and focused energy which balances blood sugar levels and your metabolism. I only drink matcha caffeine because of this and when I have coffee, even an espresso, I will always opt for decaf. If you find that you also get a bit anxious after coffee, or suffer from anxiety in general, I’d recommend giving caffeine a miss for a while, and if you do need a lift – try this instead.
There isn’t much matcha can’t do to be honest, which is why I try to incorporate it into my daily routine. I suffer from fatigue so if there’s ever anything I can do to give me a boost of energy – I’m doing it! I’ve found that drinking matcha helps with sustainable and comfortable energy throughout the day (no highs and lows and sudden extreme tiredness when the effects wear off).
The nutritional benefits of matcha:
- Rich in vitamins A, C, E, K and vitamin B complex
- Contains trace minerals including; selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Rich in components with antioxidant activity; polyohenols, catechins and chlorophyll
- Contains L-theanine and theophylline
- Has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea (which is already packed with antioxidants itself)!
Health benefits of matcha:
- Helps you relax (this is the L-theanine working its magic)
- Detoxifies the body (chlorophyll in the tea helps to detoxify and cleans blood as well as maintaining the alkalinity – amazing)!
- Prevents cancer (the polyphenols present in matcha prevent the growth speed of malignant cancerous cells and promotes induction of apoptosis – basically it stops cancer cells growing and helps your body kill the cells. It literally gets better and better)
- Prevents eye disorders (catechin is absorbed from matcha which helps prevent blindness caused by cataracts as well as boosting vision and preventing glaucoma).
Personally I love to sip on a matcha tea latte, but some people struggle with the taste. If you’ve tried it but didn’t get on with it, it might be worth trying different types of food and drink containing matcha, or trying different places as lattes especially can vary hugely depending on where you go. Not gonna lie, Starbucks do the best matcha latte around. I drink mine with almond milk and ensure it’s the pure matcha powder with no syrups or anything added. Teapigs do a great juice drink which tastes more like fruit juice than matcha if you don’t like the taste, or you can even add it to smoothies or food to mask the flavour completely.
Here are my favourite matcha’s to give me the energy and health kick I need!
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