Matcha green tea is now becoming a trend in the health world. “Matcha”, originating from Japan, simply means “powdered tea.” Before we are able to drink a cup of Matcha, it undergoes a complex process while preserving its properties. The main difference between Matcha and other green teas is that the actual leaves are used making its nutritional value higher.
Matcha can help boost energy and mood since it contains caffeine. While it boosts energy, it also helps the body remain calm and relaxed because Matcha contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. This amino acid promotes relaxation by inhibiting the side effects of caffeine after creating alpha waves in the brain. That is the reason why Buddhist Monks even associated this with the feeling of “alert calm.” In addition, L-Theanine can improve memory and cognitive task performance.
Several antioxidants can be found in Matcha. Catechin Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCg) is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage and inhibits proliferation of tumor cells. Matcha’s Chlorophyll also has antioxidant properties. A study showed that it is correlated with lower rates of liver cancer. Tea polyphenols are associated with prevention of cancer as well according to the National Cancer Institute. This means that Matcha has anti-cancer properties also. All of these properties combined provide protection against a variety of diseases such as in cardiovascular and diabetes. And in addition, teas help boost metabolism and prevent aging.
If you want to try Matcha, you can buy it at several health food stores and even online. You can mix a teaspoon of Matcha powder with one third cup of hot water or milk, whichever you prefer. It can actually be poured over ice as well. Other preparation suggestions include adding Matcha powder to smoothies, coffee, or other beverages. You can now enjoy a drink with a twist of healthier living!