Why Matcha?

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, nutrients, chlorophyll and fiber.  There are more health benefits to drinking matcha than regular green tea since the entire leaf is consumed not just the water the tea has steeped in.

The antioxidant content in one cup of matcha is equal to 10 cups of green tea. The antioxidant level of matcha is 6.2 times that of goji berries; 7 times that of dark chocolate; 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60.5 times that of spinach.

There are many health benefits from matcha:

  • It contains catechin EGCG and chlorophyll which helps to alkalize the blood and detox the body

  • The antioxidants strengthen the immune system protecting against free radicals

  • L-theanine is an amino acid, present in high concentrations that improve cognition and enhance relaxation by reducing mental and physical stress

  • It is thermogenic, boasting metabolism and burning calories

  • Increases focus and concentration

  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium

  • It does not raise insulin levels

  • Increases and sustains energy levels

  • Because of the excellent antioxidant qualities, matcha contributes to anti-aging

  • It lowers the LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as having anti-arterialsclerosis effects

  • Lowers high blood pressure

  • Increases physical performance in sports activities

L-theanine, an amino acid, is capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain.  Alpha wave activity reduces stress, promotes relaxation and can even lower blood pressure.  Matcha contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than regular green tea.  Matcha contains caffeine but the calming, relaxing effect of the L-theanine reduces the jittery effects usually associated with caffeine.

As mentioned above, catechins are a type of antioxidant.  Besides being found in Camellia sinensis tea leaves, catechins are found in red wine, chocolate, berries, garlic, potatoes and apples.  The catechin found in matcha is far more potent than in any of the other above mentioned sources. Catechin is a type of polyphenol, which is a powerful antioxidant.  Free radicals cause damage at the cellular level, opening the body to cancer, heart disease and many degenerative diseases.