This full-flavoured green tea contains large amounts of Epigallocatechin gallate, a compound that helps to increase the metabolism. It’s a firecracker super food we should all get familiar with.
What is it?
Although the historians will tell us that Chinese have been drinking green tea for more than 1000 years, the name matcha actually originates from Japan. The Zen Buddhist monks drank green tea for concentration and to remain calm.
The Japanese matcha powder, which is used to make the tea, has a distinct colour and flavour. This is due to growing the plant in the shade, picking and steaming the leaves by hand, drying and then grounding the leaves into a find green powder. Matcha powder.
How is it good for you?
This little superstar of contains 10 times the amount of antioxidants as about TEN cups of regular green tea.
Did you know Matcha has seven times the amount of antioxidants than dark chocolate has, 60 times more antioxidants than spinach and it outshines all the berries on the antioxidant scale too?
1. Weight management
The green catechin-rich tea promotes a thermogenic effect in the body, promoting fat oxidation. AJCN states that green tea consumption increases thermogenesis (the body’s calorie burning rate) from 8 to 10 percent to 35 to 43 percent of daily energy expenditure.
2. Lower cholesterol
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study in 2011 that showed that green tea drinks were administered to significantly lower LDL and total cholesterol.
Some of the world’s oldest people live in Japan. Okinawa, in particular has one of the highest consumptions of matcha green tea. Matcha can fight inflammation and oxidation, thereby reducing visible and internal signs of aging.
4. Cancer reducing
The body contains dangerous free radicals, which can become carcinogenic. The antioxidants contained in matcha (called catechins) reduce these cells and prevent harmful damage to cells.
5. Energy booster
Do you feel lethargic and sluggish towards the afternoon? Maybe first thing on a Monday morning? Matcha’s the tea for you! This natural pick me up will do wounders to for replacing the caffeine in your life and preventing those nasty cravings and headaches that coffee in particular causes. Sharpen your concentration and provide a little more calm in your life.
Where do I buy it?
Most major supermarkets and health stores have matcha tea and powder readily available!