The Mystical Powers of Matcha
The Mystical Powers of Matcha
Matcha is a true superfood ~ a nutritional drink (it can also be used in smoothies, ice-cream, cakes and biscuits) packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other natural health boosters. Drinking matcha is associated with enhanced mental function, disease protection, weight loss, and anxiety relief, to name a just few.
Some of the main benefits of drinking matcha:
Antioxidants: One serving of matcha powder contains more antioxidants than almost any other food on the planet. Antioxidants are special nutrients that protect your body’s cells against damage from free radicals. Matcha is also rich in a unique type of antioxidants known as catechins (more below), which have powerful cancer-fighting properties.
Nutrition: In addition to antioxidants, matcha also contains fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, chlorophyll, and polyphenols (naturally occurring micronutrients found in plants).
Natural Energy: Your body processes the caffeine found in matcha differently than the caffeine found in other sources, such as coffee. That’s because matcha also contains a hefty dose of the amino acid L-Theanine. When caffeine and L-Theanine get together, they produce a sustainable source of energy that lasts 4-6 hours, along with a calm-yet-alert state of mind. Matcha promotes focus and concentration, without the jitters or crash of coffee.
Creativity & Focus: Matcha's high concentrations of the amino acid, L-Theanine can help you enjoy a natural sense of focus, help experience a calming transformation. Concentration can increase and it is believed that your creativity, can blossom. All of this because of Epic Matcha’s amino acid, L-Theanine.
Relaxation: L-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in plants, including green tea leaves. It has been studied for its ability to reduce stress and boost mood. L-theanine is also associated with enhanced mental focus, creativity, cognition and memory. It’s the element in matcha that creates a calming effect.
Metabolism: Burn 40% more calories with matcha. Because of its high content of catechins, matcha can help boost your metabolism and help you lose weight, as part of a calorie controlled diet and exercise. Catechins help regulate your weight through thermogenesis and by oxidizing fat. Matcha can also improve your energy and stamina, and as a pre-workout drink, it can help you enjoy exercise.
Elements of Matcha
Here’s a little bit more about the elements that are found in matcha:
Catechins: Catechins are phenols, aromatic organic compounds that provide green tea with its unmistakable flavour. Catechins are also natural antioxidants, with strong antibacterial qualities as well. These phytochemicals offer a fine balance of what you need to stay healthy and battle off the bad stuff.
Caffeine: Matcha tea powder contains caffeine, a stimulant that you are likely quite familiar with. Naturally found in teas, coffee, chocolate and other foods, caffeine helps improve alertness, reduce anxiety and decrease stress.
Vitamins: Matcha features a variety of vitamins, including vitamins B1, B2, C and E. Some also contain vitamin B6, a nutrient that improves metabolism, digestion, oxidation, immune system function, and cell repair (aka anti-aging). These vitamins are crucial components for a healthy functioning system, and consuming green tea products is an easy, enjoyable way to get them.
L-Theanine: L-theanine is an incredibly powerful amino acid, which provides you with the same benefits of caffeine – without the crash that follows. Higher quality matcha powders and green teas contain higher levels of theanine.
Chlorophyll: Chlorophyll gives matcha its vibrant green colour. It’s a biomolecule that is essential for the process of photosynthesis, or the conversion of light to energy. Chlorophyll is loaded with antioxidants that can help improve your general health, and strengthen your immune system.
Fluorine: Fluorine is a naturally occurring element. Remember the periodic table from high school science class? Fluorine is situated at atomic number nine on the chart. It’s important for healthy kidney function, and matcha provides more fluorine than any most other drinks.
Alkaline: Matcha is also an alkaline food, which helps to balance your pH levels and allows your body to absorb more calcium, potassium, zinc and nickel.