At the recent Japan Festival (where we had our market stall debut), many people wanted to know about the health benefits of drinking Matcha.
So....we thought it would be a great idea to give you the lowdown on the glorious green powder that is still taking the world by storm.
There are a few key factors as to why Matcha is an incredible superfood and really packs a punch when it comes to the health benefits received from drinking it.
Matcha starts as the the tea leaf known as Camellia Sinensis. These tea leaves are grown under shade for about 3 weeks before harvest to avoid direct sunlight.
This type of shade growth also gives Matcha its bright green colour.
Remember, if your Matcha isn't bright, then it isn't of a good quality! It makes such a difference in taste, you can take our word for it.
This shade growth amplifies the production of chlorophyll and other nutrients including L-theanine, the all important amino acid. Matcha contains up to five times as much L-theanine as regular green tea. This amino acid helps relieve stress by inducing a relaxing effect without drowsiness, simultaneously keeping you alert. It also reduces anxiety. Amazing stuff!
Another thing to also mention about chlorophyll is that gives you clear skin, protects your blood and heart, and also help prevent joint inflammation.
When you drink Matcha, you are consuming the entire leaf so you are getting the full benefits of all the antioxidants within the tea, unlike any other tea you may drink. Matcha contains up to 10 times the nutrients of regular tea! It's widely agreed upon that these antioxidants can be linked to anti ageing so a daily cup can definitely help with keeping your skin youthful. It contains more antioxidants than blueberries, dark chocolate, goji berries and even spinach.
So how about caffeine? While it is true that Matcha does contain it but it is only about 1/3 of that of coffee. Also Matcha contains a slow release caffeine, which is good news for those sensitive to it as you won't get the nasty jitters like coffee.
We seriously could go on all day with how good Matcha is for you, it increases alertness and concentration, it aids with metabolism and weight loss, it's energy enhancing and so much more!
Why not give it a try today?