What are the Benefits of Matcha?

What are the Benefits of Matcha?

by Cole Singer April 11, 2019

What are the Benefits of Matcha?

The bright green tea has been taking cafés by storm. In addition to its beautiful natural color, matcha carries with it many health benefits as well. Matcha growers cover their plants before harvest in order to avoid contact with direct sunlight. As a result, there is a boost of amino acid content from the increase in chlorophyll production. When the tea leaves are harvested, the growers remove their veins and grind it up into matcha powder.

Unlike traditional green tea, matcha comes packed with nutrients from the entire leaf. Matcha not only has more caffeine than green tea - - it comes with other perks as well. Listed below are benefits you can expect to find in your next cup of matcha.

Protects the Liver

The liver is extremely important to our health and plays a large role in flushing out the toxins in our bodies. Some studies have found that matcha can help protect our livers. In one experiment, 80 people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were given either 500 mg of green tea extract or a placebo daily for ninety days. At the end of three months, the people that had the green tea extract every day had a significantly reduced amount of liver enzyme levels that mark liver damage. Note that there may be other factors for this reduction.

Boost Brain Activity

Matcha tea benefits the brain through multiple energizers. One is its caffeine content. There is about 72 mg of caffeine per teaspoon of matcha powder and caffeine consumption can improve focus and increase attention. Matcha also has L-theanine, which works with the caffeine to alter the usual caffeine crash you get with coffee. L-theanine can also increase alpha wave activity in your brain, which helps with relaxation and decreasing stress levels. This can take away the jitteriness you feel from coffee.

Making Matcha is Easy

Unlike the complicated process of making coffee, one of the many benefits of matcha has to do with how easy it is to make a matcha latte. The art of making matcha lies in just two ingredients: matcha powder and water. You can use the traditional bamboo matcha whisk, a blender, or a matcha shaker bottle to mix everything together. To step it up a notch, try adding almond milk for a healthy matcha latte or even blend it with ice for a tasty smoothie!


Cole Singer
Cole Singer

Author

Ex-New Yorker. Traveled all the way to California to experience matcha tea in its finest form. Has been thriving ever since.


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