One of my top five favorite foods is Matcha! For those of you that don’t know Matcha is green tea from Japan. It has been used for centuries in tea ceremonies and monks have been known to drink it to enhance their meditations. It contains caffeine but doesn’t give you a jittery buzz like coffee. Instead, it offers more of an awake, clear, mind capable of better concentration. The many health benefits combined with the amazing taste make it a no brainer to add to your daily diet.
Matcha is finely ground powdery green tea that does not need to be steeped like regular teas instead it is whisked into hot water for creamy ultra-healthy, green deliciousness.
The Health Benefits of Matcha are Many
Rich in naturally occurring antioxidants and amino acids; roughly 20 times those of regular green tea.
The ORAC scale measures the antioxidant levels in foods. The higher the number the more powerful the antioxidants are. ORAC numbers for common superfoods: goji berries 253, dark chocolate 227, pomegranate 105, wild blueberries 93, MATCHA clocks in at 1440!! More than all of those superfoods COMBINED.
Matcha contains the flavonoid/catechin EGCG which has been shown to promote fat burning, aids digestion, improves oral hygiene, and helps bolster immunity as well as treat certain cancers and dementia.
Matcha contains high levels of chlorophyll which is known for its powerful detoxifying properties and supports an alkaline body.
L-Theanine is an amino acid contained in matcha which is known for its anti-stress properties. Many use it for nootropic activity.
Supports healthy blood sugar levels. The natural sugars (polysaccharides) in matcha help to stabilize blood sugar levels, and to protect against insulin spikes thus stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Two studies (including a total of 1,331 women with breast cancer) found a significant (27%) reduction in the recurrence of breast cancer among women who drank three or more cups of green tea daily.