#TipTuesday - Matcha is a good idea
If you are anything like me, you love your tea. I had to find a good alternative to my several cups of tea habit. When I found Matcha tea I fell in love with the flavour and then I learned how many health benefits it has. Now I tell all my clients if they are choosing between green tea and Matcha green tea, go for the Matcha. It is a trend that you want to be on.
There are many benefits to drinking Matcha. Here are 8 that I want to share with you:
1. High in antioxidants
The antioxidant content is higher in matcha than it is in other teas, because we consume the leaves when drinking Matcha tea (unlike others, where we steep the leaves and then throw them out).
If you are a health conscious individual, you are familiar with antioxidants. Antioxidants help stabilize harmful free radicals, which can damage cells and cause chronic disease. We get antioxidants from foods like raw fruits and green vegetables. One bowl of Matcha Tea provides 5x as many antioxidants as any other food.
2. Helps enhance a state of calm
L-Theanine is found in the leaves used to make Matcha and promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain. These waves induces relaxation without any drowsiness. In fact, this tea is used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert.
3. Boosts memory and concentration
The L-Theanine aids in the production of dopamine and serotonin. These chemicals are used by our bodies to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration.
4. Increases energy levels
Matcha tea also has energizing properties. While Matcha tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is in large part a result of the unique combination of other nutrients found in the tea. The combination of caffeine and L-Theanine ( a unique set of amino acids) create a calm, focused and happy energy boost.
When you drink Matcha whisked into hot water the caffeine is released into the body slowly over a 6 to 8 hour period. In fact, if you replace your morning coffee with Matcha, you will have sustained energy and improved focus throughout the day.
5. Helps with weight management
While Matcha tea does contain caffeine, it is not something you should let deter you. The caffeine in Matcha tea has actually been shown to be beneficial. How is that possible? Well, the caffeine in Matcha helps boost your metabolism by 40%. It also helps to regulate your blood sugar. The EGCg found in Matcha increases your metabolic rate during workouts, thus enhancing weight loss and helping with things like; BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass and subcutaneous fat area.
6. Detoxifies the body
Matcha has high levels of chlorophyll which lend to its vibrant green colour and make it a powerful detoxifier for your body. The high levels of chlorophyll are due to the fact that during the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested, plants covered to deprive them of sunlight.
7. Boosts the Immune System
One bowl of Matcha green tea provides substantial quantities of potassium, vitamins A & C, iron, protein, and calcium which help to boost overall health.
8. Improves cholesterol
Studies have shown that people who drink Matcha regularly have lower levels of LDL cholesterol (this is the bad one), and higher levels of HDL cholesterol (this is the good one).
If you haven't tried Matcha yet, I hope you will now. There are so many way to incorporate Matcha into your day. If you want some fun recipes, reach out. I do lots with my Matcha powder to make it fun!