The Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Can Matcha help with Boosting Energy, Enhancing Focus, Improving Skin, Burning Fat & More? Learn below!
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
There are many benefits of drinking Green Tea. Matcha takes this to a whole new level!
- It can help boost energy, focus and metabolism.
- Matcha Green Tea Powder offers up to 137x the antioxidants of a regular cup of brewed green tea.
- Matcha tea can also help to detox and improve skin.
- One cup of matcha tea can have up to 10 x the nutritional value of regular green tea.
Learn more about the benefits of Matcha Tea below!
What is matcha?
To give you the basic run down, matcha powder is basically just green tea leaves ground into a fine powdered form. Unlike regular green tea which involves brewing tea leaves in hot water and then consuming only the water (while throwing out the leaves in the tea bag), matcha drinkers dissolve the whole leaf in water and consume it all along with a whole lot of extra green goodness.
- Matcha tea bushes are grown under a special shade for three to four weeks during which the chlorophyll, caffeine and amino acids like Theanine levels increase and the leaves turn a deeper coloured green.
- The stems and veins are then removed during processing (by handpicking in the case of the more expensive “ceremonial” grade of matcha).
- The leaves are laid out flat to dry and are then stone ground into fine powder we know as matcha.
- Grinding is quite a slow process as the mill stones cannot get too warm to preserve the aroma of the leaves.
History of Matcha
The matcha journey began along with many other teas in China but was brought to Japan by an influential Zen Buddhist monk, Eisai, and refined into the process we know today over many centuries. The lush rolling hills of Kyoto, Japan are now considered the birthplace of matcha (which is, of course, where Matcha Maiden matcha powder is sourced). The traditional Japanese tea ceremony is based around the preparation, serving and drinking of matcha incorporating the meditative element of matcha’s beginnings into a beautifully choreographed ritual honouring stillness, connection and mindfulness. It has also become more versatile and commonplace outside of this ceremonial context because of its many benefits for the mind, body and soul!
It can help boost energy
One of the main reasons why Matcha Maiden fell in love with matcha is because of its performance as a healthier caffeine alternative. During a bout of adrenal fatigue causing a total coffee ban, we discovered the beautiful matcha green tea powder and its gentler delivery of caffeine to the body. It contains about one third to half the amount of caffeine as a coffee, but it works differently to the caffeine found in coffee beans. Due to the unique amino acid in green tea called L-theanine, the caffeine releases much more slowly into the body and produces a calmer, alert energy boost as opposed to the spike but subsequent crash and jitters that coffee consumption can result in.
It can help with focus, concentration and mood
At the same time as providing a great boost of energy, matcha’s L-theanine content also helps with focus and concentration. L-theanine is known for its ability to boost alpha waves in the brain that promote a sense of calm but alertness allowing for focus and concentration. This gentler, sustained energy release is why matcha gained such favour during the Zen Buddhist monk length meditations that may last for hours at a time. It also makes it a beautiful alternative energy boost for those who are caffeine sensitive or who don’t take well to coffee.
It is packed with antioxidants
As mentioned, matcha is a concentrated form of green tea and can have up to 137 times the antioxidants bringing many potential benefits for immunity, detoxification, anti-aging, and general wellbeing. Unlike what you might expect, matcha outperforms the sources of antioxidants like blueberries or pomegranates that we turn to more often – it may have even up to 20 times more (based on the antioxidant rating scale known as ORAC)! Among these antioxidants, catechins are the kind that is most potent and beneficial and one particular kind called EGCg makes up about 60% of the catechins in matcha. EGCg is widely recognised for its possible cancer fighting abilities and potential to fight free radicals in the body that disrupt our health. Matcha is also rich in fiber, chlorophyll and other vitamins such as vitamin C, selenium, chromium and zinc.
It can help improve your skin
Being an antioxidant powerhouse, it makes sense that matcha could also help keep our skin bright and healthy. Because of the high concentration of antioxidants, particularly EGCg as mentioned above, matcha can help inhibit cell degeneration that causes wrinkles, loss of collagen and therefore elasticity in the skin and other signs of aging. EGCg is helpful in reducing inflammation and may even help reduce acne and even out skin tone. It can be applied topically as well as ingested, so it makes for a great DIY face mask!!!
It can help detoxification
Matcha is packed with chlorophyll, which gives matcha its vibrant, deep green colour. As mentioned, unlike regular green tea leaves, matcha bushes are grown under a special shade and protected from sunlight for 20-30 days before harvest to specifically increase chlorophyll production and give the leaves a darker green hue. Chlorophyll is jam packed with vitamins and nutrients and can help rid the body of toxins. Research suggests that chlorophyll binds to heavy metals and harmful chemicals helping spark a flush-out process that may not only help detoxify the body of the toxins ingested in food during digestion but also help rid the body of toxins that were pre-existing.
It may help boost metabolism
This same antioxidant, EGCg, has been shown through various studies to boost metabolism and stop the growth of fat cells. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition from 2005 found that participants who drank catechin-laden green tea everyday dropped almost twice as much weight as participants who didn’t over the 12 week period. Consuming green tea has been shown to increase the process of thermogenesis, which describes the body’s rate of burning calories. The caffeine content in green tea can also contribute to the gentle support of weight loss through boosting the metabolic rate and increasing fat burning.
It’s so versatile
The best thing about matcha is how easy it is to incorporate into your daily routine! Due to its powdered form, it can be prepared in its traditional format as a hot beverage – either a plain tea or a latte. But it can also be added as a supplement to other drinks or foods i.e. smoothies or protein shakes as a booster or as an ingredient in raw cooking, baking, salad dressings, dips and seasonings. Matcha also has topical benefits for the skin and can be whipped into a DIY face mask, body scrub or other beauty products bringing its high antioxidant content to your skin cells. The possibili-teas are endless and we LOVE experimenting with this vibrant green superfood! Some of our favourite recent developments in the kitchen are the bulletproof matcha latte or a matcha protein bliss ball for an easy snack on the go! If you’re feeling adventurous you could even whip up a matcha mojito – it’s all about balance right? It can pretty much be worked into your life in any way you can imagine. There’s so matcha more to life if you’re up for it!