Have you stopped by your favorite coffee place and noticed coffee isn’t the only beverage on the menu? Chances are you’ve seen or even heard the person in front of you order a Matcha latte. What does he/she know that you don’t?

Though Matcha has been around for a while, its benefits and taste are still finding willing fans across the nation. Really, around the world!

 

 

Here are three great healthy reasons to start drinking Matcha green tea:

 

1. High in Antioxidants


What are antioxidants? In short, antioxidants are man-made and natural substances that help prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Certain plant-based foods are thought to be rich in antioxidants1. In particular, Matcha powder has over 100 times more of the antioxidant EGCg than any other type of tea. Based on the results of the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) test, one cup of Matcha green tea contains higher antioxidant levels (on a per gram basis) than any other known natural fruits or vegetables. In fact, one gram of Ceremonial Matcha has a whopping total of 1,384 ORAC units.

 

2. Natural Energy Boost


Due to Matcha's shade-growing process, it produces high levels of L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain2. Alpha waves allow your body to feel relaxed and calm without becoming drowsy. When L-Theanine combines with the natural caffeine found in green tea, it metabolizes the caffeine and slowly releases it over a period of three to six hours. This results in a sustained feeling of alertness and energy without the jitters and crash that is commonly associated with drinking coffee.

 

3. Promotes a Strong Natural Defense System


Not only is Matcha high in antioxidants, but it also contains other vitamins and nutrients that are key to maintaining a healthy natural defense system. With Matcha, consumers ingest the entire tea leaf in a powdered form, therefore receiving 100% of the whole tea leaf’s nutrients, including protein, calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and more. Comparatively, loose leaf tea drinkers only consume the water-soluble nutrients, since the tea leaves are typically discarded after steeping. To put it into perspective, nutrition-wise, a single serving of Matcha is equivalent to ten cups of steeped green tea.

 

 

For the best experience, make sure to use a high-quality Ceremonial Matcha. Two ways to distinguish a high-quality Matcha versus low-quality Matcha is by observing the color and texture. Ceremonial Grade Matcha should have a vibrant, jade-green color paired with a silky, ultra-fine texture. Best enjoyed with hot water, this grade of Matcha green tea is naturally sweet and mild. Enjoy!

 

 

1 Megan Ware RDN LD. How can antioxidants benefit our health?,
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/301506.php 

2 WebMD. Theaninehttps://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1053/theanine