Ever heard of Matcha tea? While green tea used to be the tea to drink if you wanted to optimize your health, now Matcha tea appears to be replacing that. What is this tea and what benefits does it hold for you?
Let’s take a closer look so that you can see why it’s imperative that you start including this tea in your day to day life.
What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is essentially a super concentrated form of green tea that takes the health benefits of green tea to a whole new level. Matcha tea is formed from the highest quality green tea available and is stored in a very particular manner, away from both light and oxygen to maintain it’s high level antioxidant properties.
This tea is very often considered to be a superfood because of all the many health benefits it provides and if you’re someone who loves the taste of green tea, will also love the taste of Matcha tea as well.
The Benefits of Matcha Tea
So what are the benefits of Matcha tea? First, as just noted, it has a standout antioxidant profile. Getting enough antioxidants in each day is important to help fend off free radical damage that can lead to oxidation in the body. When oxidation levels are high, that’s when disease typically sets in.
Second, Matcha tea is also a terrific source of EGCg, which is a particular antioxidant with cancer-fighting properties. The levels of EGCg are considerably higher than any other tea on the market, making this the tea to drink if you want to do your best at warding off cancer.
A unique benefit of Matcha tea is that it also contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which helps induce a calmer state in the brain. Couple this with the small dose of caffeine that you’ll also get with Matcha tea and most people find that upon drinking it, they achieve unshakable concentration levels.
In fact, this is one of the top drinks of choice for anyone who is going in for a long studying session or preparing for a big work project. By drinking it, you’ll remain focused, alert, and yet still calm without anxiety.
As an added benefit, the L-Theanine may also help to increase the production of two neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, both of which help to improve memory, enhance mood, and get you feeling good overall.
Matcha is Great for Weight Loss
Just like regular green tea, Matcha tea is great for helping with the war against body fat. The antioxidants and compounds it contains can help to elevate the resting metabolic rate, allowing for superior fat burning results. By drinking Matcha tea, you can burn more calories each and every day without changing anything else. This, over time, can lead to greater weight loss.
What’s more is that unlike other beverages that contain caffeine such as coffee, you won’t get the unwanted side effects such as an increased heart rate or elevated blood pressure levels thanks to the L-Theanine that it contains.
Drinking Matcha Tea
So now that you know about the many benefits that Matcha tea has to offer, how do you go about drinking it?
This tea can be taken in at any point during the day, however, for optimal sleep quality, do try and consume it at least a few hours prior to bed. It does still contain caffeine and for some people, caffeine will keep them awake at night, so you’ll want this caffeine to wear off before you turn in.
No matter when you choose to drink Matcha tea, just make sure that you drink it! It’s one of the most powerful, health-promoting beverages that you can consume.
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Shannon Clark is a qualified nutritionist and a regular contributor to HB Insights. She specialises in weight control and management as well as optimal fitness performance. She's devoted to helping readers obtain their own personal best health and fitness and stays on top the latest trends in the industry.