The Tasty Benefits of Matcha

Long before coffee and teahouses graced our neighborhoods, the Chinese and Japanese ground tea leaves into a powder to drink in hot water. In Japanese, “ma” translates to rubbed or ground, while “cha” means tea. Matcha tea’s rich umami flavor and many health benefits make it an ideal beverage for tea drinkers today.

Simply whisk one or two teaspoons of matcha powder into hot water or a smoothie for a morning or afternoon pickme- up. As a special treat, blend it with heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk in your ice cream maker. Since matcha is created from the entire green tea leaf, it holds even more healthful antioxidants and compounds than typical green tea. Regular consumption may:

Assist weight loss. Matcha speeds metabolism to boost energy and burn fat. Since it won’t raise blood pressure or heart rate, it’s a safe alternative to other potentially harmful weight-loss aides.

Fight cancer. Studies showed green tea extract decreased tumor size and slowed the growth of breast cancer cells. Reduce heart disease. Matcha helps lower unhealthy LDL and total cholesterol.

Increase brain health. Matcha’s been shown to improve reaction time and memory.

Fight free radicals. The catechins found in matcha help fight the harmful effects of pollution, radiation, UV rays, and other toxic chemicals in our environment.

Promote relaxed alertness. The amino acid L-Theanine creates feelings of relaxation and well-being. Stress causes beta waves, which can increase agitation. L-Theanine, on the other hand, fosters alpha waves, leading to relaxed alertness without that typical caffeine crash.

Introduce matcha tea into your daily routine to add helpful vitamins and polyphenols, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, and prevent disease.