I am currently having a love affair with matcha. After I went through a rouggghhhhh hormonal imbalance rollercoaster,? I had to give up all caffeine as part of my hormone healing protocol. (You can learn the exact steps that I took to heal my hormones by clicking here, without having to pay the thousands of dollars that I did when I hired someone to help me.) Once I got the green light from my naturopath, I was able to start enjoying caffeine again. But then, I realized something, coffee (my old favorite form of caffeine) was affecting my adrenal glands again. NOOOOO! So out it went again. But thanks to that, I was able to find matcha tea! I don’t have it daily because again, adrenals, but when I do occasionally enjoy it, it does NOT cause me to experience any side effects and it DOES make me super focused without crashing later on!
So I gotta share it with ya!
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is the bomb diggity! It has blown up everywhere! Seems like everyone and their mother is trying out this antioxidant-filled tea that’s been a staple in Japan for centuries. If you haven’t hopped on the matcha train yet, I’m confident that by the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll be clicking on the link and buying yourself some of this jacked up version of green tea.
Matcha literally means, ‘powdered tea’ and it’s a special form of green tea that is usually grown in Japan. What gives this tea its superpowers is that the leaves are grown in the shade, which boosts its chlorophyll content. Unlike traditional green tea where the leaves are infused into hot water via tea bags then discarded, with matcha you’re actually consuming the entire chlorophyll-rich leaves that have been handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder.
Because matcha is made from high-quality leaves that are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than regular steeped green tea.
7 Benefits of Matcha Tea
Matcha is filthy, JUST FILTHY rich in antioxidants! Antioxidants help you fight inflammation which protects against disease. Antioxidants protect against aging, they clean free radicals out of your bloodstream, (free radicals are everywhere, in the air, our food, and the stuff around us. They cause aging-related illnesses and can contribute to heart attacks, stroke, and cancers.), antioxidants strengthen your immune system, and pretty much fight sickness and illnesses. Not bad huh? One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! Whoa baby! Even more awesome, matcha’s antioxidant levels are 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! Holy smokes Batman! Those antioxidants levels are off the chart!
Matcha protects against cancer. One of the potent antioxidants in matcha is called catechins, which pretty much seek out dangerous free radicals in the body and kick their ass! One of these catechins is called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea. Awesomesauce!
Fat loss! Matcha contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) a very potent antioxidant. This antioxidant increases fat oxidation by 33 percent. 33% more fat burn just from drinking tea? Hellllsssss yeah! EGCG inhibits fat cell development, increases fat excretion, and revs ups your metabolism. That sounds good right?
Protects your ticker. As shown in a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition- catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. Even better, a 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of stroke. Since matcha is the souped-up version of green tea, drinking a cup of matcha tea daily is a great way to keep your heart healthy!
Detoxifies. We live in a toxic world. It’s full of pollution, GMO’s, chemicals, hormones and shit. The richness of chlorophyll in matcha makes this tea a potent detoxifier. During digestion, some chlorophyll is absorbed into the bloodstream. As the blood passes through the liver, chlorophyll promotes the liver’s cleansing and detoxification process by using enzymes to convert a toxic substance into a less toxic substance that is easily eliminated by the body.
Super brain power activate! How many of us are functioning on six or less hours of sleep, have a to-do list a mile long, a kennel full of kids, and numerous other life responsibilities? Lots of us right? We could all use a boost in brain power. Enter, L-Theanine. So L-Theanine has been shown to stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration, and guess what??? Matcha tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea! Booyah!
Better energy than coffee. Matcha tea provides an energy boost without the coffee crash headache thanks to the relaxing properties of L-theanine. L-theanine. counterbalance the “jittery” effects of caffeine.
Yes, those benefits are just freaking great, but let’s cover a few things to consider before you start guzzling this tea…
Caveats of Matcha
- Although matcha is generally considered safe, the National Institutes of Health warns that matcha/green tea may cause stomach upset and constipation in some cases. So if tea, in general, tends to give you the trots (or other digestive problems), I would avoid it all together or ease your way into matcha tea and just test the waters with maybe half the daily dose, (1/2 tsp of matcha powder in 4oz of water) instead of the full dose (1tsp of matcha powder in 8oz of water) and see how it goes from there.
- If you’re sensitive to caffeine be aware that Matcha does contain roughly 34mg of caffeine, which is approximately one-third the caffeine in a cup of brewed coffee.
- Do not drink Matcha if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Green tea, in general, contains caffeine, catechins, and tannic acids. All three substances in large amounts have been linked to pregnancy risks. And sure, maybe you’re not downing mug after mug of tea, but when it comes to your precious cargo, I always err on the side of caution. Talk to your doctor about it for a more personalized recommendation.
- Check with your doctor first if you suffer from, or are susceptible to, iron deficiency anemia. Tea is known as a “negative calories” beverage. Not only does it contain virtually no calories, it may also block the absorption of certain nutrients. One key concern is iron malabsorption. A 2001 study reports that green tea extract reduces the absorption of non-heme iron by 25%. Granted, four years later there was another study that showed that long-term tea drinkers actually develop resistance to tannin and so the adverse effects are neutralized. Isn’t that fun? And by “fun” I mean a pain in the ass! Just when you learn that something is “bad” then you read something ELSE that counter its? Ay-yai-yai. Play it safe and check with your doctor first.
Which Matcha to buy
Go for quality here. As with everything, go for quality. This the brand I use…
Comment below and let me know if you have you tried matcha tea before?
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