How would you like to boost your energy, mood, and metabolism while also lowering your disease risk? OK, so now that I’ve got your attention, here it is: drink matcha tea! If you haven’t tried this you are in for a treat. Matcha tea is part of the green tea family and green tea has been used for centuries because of its health promoting properties. Matcha stands out from the rest of the green tea pack because it is super concentrated with health-giving nutrients. Think of it as green tea on steroids. Here’s some ways it can support your health:
Boosts Your Metabolism: Matcha creates what is known as a thermogenic effect, this means it boosts the body’s metabolic rate so you burn more calories. Also, it has been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels by slowing the conversion of carbs into simple sugars.
Helps Detox Your Body: Matcha tea helps your body to detox. The key here is the compound called chlorophyll — which is found in matcha in higher concentrations because it is grown in the shade. Not only does chlorophyll give the tea that gorgeous green color, but it supports the body to remove toxins and heavy metals.
Supports Your Body’s pH: Chlorophyll is alkaline, which supports a healthy pH in the body. Because of its alkalinity, this means that matcha can be gentler on the digestion. So if you get “acid stomach” from drinking coffee, give matcha a try.
Improves Your Brain Function and Mood: Did you know that Buddhist monks have used matcha for centuries to help them meditate for long periods of time? This is because matcha contains high amounts of the amino acid L-theanine, which can improve concentration by promoting a calm focus. And the high levels of L-theanine may also reduce anxiety and support a balanced mood.
Boosts Your Energy : While matcha tea does contain a little more than twice as much caffeine as regular green tea, it has less than coffee. But get this, the caffeine is balanced out by the L-theanine, so it delivers a calm, focused energy, without that jittery feeling.
Boosts Your Immunity: Matcha tea is very rich in polyphenol catechins, which are powerful antioxidants and free-radical scavengers. The big gun is a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which has been found in studies to offer protective effects against cancer. And studies have also found that the amount of EGCG in matcha was 137 times higher than traditional Chinese green tea!
Protects Your Skin: Because of the free-radical destroying capacity of the polyphenols in matcha tea, it can protect your skin from environmental pollutants and UV damage which in turn supports anti-aging and cancer prevention in the skin.
Supports Your Oral Health: Matcha tea has antibacterial properties, so this makes it superlative for supporting good oral health. Best of all, you won’t have coffee breath!
When you go to purchase matcha tea, quality is very important. I recommend and use Imperial Matcha Ceremonial Green Tea from Teavana. Preparation of this tea involves some effort, but is well worth it, I promise. Steeping tea leaves in hot water makes regular green tea, but matcha tea is made by dissolving fine powder into hot water. The water temperature should be around 175 degrees. A special bamboo whisk called a chasen is traditionally used to properly stir and incorporate the powder into the water, but you can cheat and use a milk frother. To your good health!