Matcha has many beneficial properties that will certainly intrigue the health conscious individual, one being that just 1 cup of matcha tea has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea. This is because when you drink matcha tea you are in essence consuming the whole green tea leaf and traditional brewed green tea loses a lot of it's anti-oxidants because the water only releases part of the leaves beneficial properties.
10 cups of normal brewed green tea equals 1 cup of matcha tea
The name itself generates a lot of interest, probably the most important characteristic of a food item that health conscious people look for in a product, food such as fruit, veggies, and dark chocolate all contain anti-oxidants but now you have matcha, packed with more anti-oxidants than other superfood according to recent studies.
2. Packed with Catechin, EGCg
The most powerful and potent anti-oxidant that matcha contains is known as catechin. There is a specific catechin known as EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) and makes up 60% of catechins in matcha. EGCg is recognized for it's cancer fighting properties making matcha the most beneficial tea on the market.
3. Enhances Calm
Matcha was traditionally used by Chinese Daoists and Zen Buddhist monks to allow themselves to become calm enough to meditate but at the same time remain alert. The amino acid L-theanine found in matcha is said to be the catalyst for this phenomenon, promoting the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without normal drowsiness.
4. Boosts Memory and Concentration
The powerful amino acid L-Theanine is said to be responsible for the production of serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals enhance mood, improve memory and promote better concentration.
5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
Calm, balanced energy. Ancient Samurai warriors used to drink matcha before going into battle because of it's energizing properties. This is not only due to the caffeine found in green tea but because of all the other nutrients. The energy felt by matcha can last up to 6 hours and doesn't cause the usual side-effect such as hypertension and nervousness that other stimulants are known for.
6. Burns Calories
Matcha tea increases the body's metabolism and aids the body in burning fat four times faster than average.
7. Detoxifies the Body
Matcha is packed with chlorophyll due to the authentic production techniques used when growing the leaves. The last 3 weeks before harvest the leaves are covered by shaded nets which in turn deprives them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous amount of cholorophyll to be produced by the leaves which not only give it a beautiful lush green colour but makes the leaves potent detoxifiers which are beneficial to the human body, naturally cleansing out metals and unwanted toxins.