Throw away that coffee and go for the green stuff! Get 3 times as much caffeine than a cup of steeped green tea!
Because matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the whole leaves are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than steeped green tea.
The taste is of matcha is strong. Some people describe it as grass or spinach-like, and it has an umami taste. Because of this, it may be sweetened to improve its palatability. Recipes below!
Less is more! And do not feed it to children!
In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Matcha green tea has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. The Oxygen Radical Absorbence Capacity (ORAC) value is 1348 units per gram. That’s 13x the antioxidants in pomegranates and 15x the antioxidants in blueberries.
Matcha green tea also contains a class of antioxidants known as catechins. And it’s particularly high in epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG — 3 times more than other green teas.
Speaking of EGCG, multiple studies have shown this catechin is protective against many types of cancers: Prostate cancer: A 2008 study published in “Oncogene” found that the EGCG in green tea helped kill off prostate cancer cells. Breast cancer: A 2006 meta analysis found women who drank the most green tea lowered their risk of breast cancer by 22%. Colon and rectal cancers: A 2008 study of 69,710 Chinese women found regular green tea drinkers slashed their risk of colorectal cancer in half. Skin cancer: Lab studies show that drinking green tea or applying green tea directly to the skin can help prevent UV-triggered skin cancer by absorbing UV damage and scavenging free radicals. Lung cancer: In 2008, researchers found EGCG in green tea can inhibit the migration of bronchial tumor cells in the lungs. And it’s not just EGCG that plays a role in matcha’s cancer-fighting abilities.
IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
The L-theanine and caffeine combo can also increase your focus.
In 2008, researchers tested the effects of cognition with and without caffeine. Participants were tested on word recognition, rapid visual information processing, critical flicker fusion threshold and attention switching.
The results, which were published in “Nutritional Neuroscience,” found L-theanine and caffeine improved both speed and accuracy of performance and reduced distraction.
Other studies have shown matcha is beneficial in sustained attention as well as memory.
IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEART
Green tea is one of the best drinks for heart health — and matcha, which is a kind of green tea, is no exception!
Here’s how green tea (and matcha) can benefit your heart:
According to a 2009 study published in “Stroke,” drinking 3 cups of green tea a day reduced their chance of having a stroke by 21%. A 2011 meta-analysis found that people who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea. Another 2011 meta-analysis of 14 controlled trials found that green tea significantly lowered LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as significantly lowered triglyceride levels.
IT CAN HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Are you looking to lose weight? Matcha may help.
According to a 2009 meta-analysis of 11 different studies, researchers concluded there’s a link between green tea (specifically, the antioxidant EGCG) and weight-loss and weight management.
A 2005 study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” also supports green tea’s weight-loss properties. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants who consumed catechin-rich green tea extract showed significantly lower body fat mass, BMI, and body weight than those who consumed less.
Forget Gatorade! If you’re an athlete, matcha is where it’s at!
Caffeine is commonly used as a stimulant in sports. And studies have shown, on average, caffeine can increase physical performance by 11-12%.
Caffeine can also improve physical performance by making the fatty acids in fat tissue available for use as energy.
MATCHA LATTE ANYONE? HERE'S A RECIPE
1 tsp Bella's Matcha Mix
1-2 tbsp hot water
1 cup plant-based milk (oat milk, almond milk)
1 tbsp organic coconut sugar
In a small bowl, whisk together the Bella's Matcha Mix and hot water until there are no clumps. Set aside.
In a small pot, heat the oat milk and sugar, if using.
If you have one, use a frother to make the milk extra foamy.
Turn off the heat and whisk in the Power Matcha and water mixture.
Pour into a mug and enjoy.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy matcha green tea than as a warm beverage like oatmeal, pancakes, ice cream, guac & more!