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The Health Benefits of Matcha

The Health Benefits of Matcha
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By Jaslyn Oberoi

For more than 900 years, drinking matcha green tea has been a time-honored tradition in Japan. So it’s no surprise that it has made its way around the world and become a new coffee shop staple. What’s the growing buzz around matcha and why should you drink it.

 

 

Is Matcha Different than Green Tea?

Let’s start with what matcha actually is. If you’ve heard it’s similar to green tea, you’re right! Both matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. Where matcha and green tea differ is that with green tea, the leaves are steeped and discarded, whereas with matcha, you’re actually consuming the whole leaf that has been dried and ground down to a fine powder. This makes the matcha very highly concentrated and packed with more benefits than traditional green tea.

Full of Antioxidants

Matcha is chock-full of beneficial antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols and caffeine. In fact, matcha has three times the amount of antioxidants as green tea. Matcha includes a very unique and powerful group of antioxidants called catechins. Catechins have been linked to boosting metabolism, supporting the body's resistance to free radicals and oxidative stress and reducing blood pressure.

 

 

Powerful Amino Acids

Amino Acids are crucial to our metabolic processes and carry out important bodily functions. Amino Acids in our food make up protein, helping us function to our maximum levels. Matcha contains L-theanine which is a beneficial amino acid that is found in tea leaves. Research points to the positive effects of L-theanine both mentally and physically. L-theanine counters the stimulating effects of caffeine to relieve stress and promote relaxation without sedation.

A Perfect Caffeine Source

Matcha is popular for its sustained caffeine boost. The caffeine in matcha typically provides a mental clarity without jitters or a glucose spike due to the presence of L-theanine. Coffee drinkers can supplement their coffee intake with matcha, especially when an afternoon energy boost is needed, and those too sensitive to caffeine can usually handle matcha very well. It’s a terrific energy enhancer to power through that run, study for that test, or get through that long Monday at work.

We've combined the beneficial properties of matcha with a delicious coconut cream and 20 grams of nutritious grass-fed protein. Our Coconut Matcha contains 80mg of caffeine per bottle, or the equivalent of a small cup of coffee, along with satiating protein and fiber. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!

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