Is Matcha Good For You?

Matcha is all the rage right now, right?

I’m sure you’ve seen Pinterest posts about it, seen the Starbucks ads, seen the instagram posts…but why?

Is it just another fad or is it actually good for you?

I started drinking matcha tea last summer after I had my fourth daughter. I was really sleep deprived and constantly needed a pick me up. Coffee was giving me too much anxiety and making me feel honestly terrible.

Once I tried matcha, it was nothing like coffee. I never got the “jitters,” I didn’t get anxiety at night because of it, I could actually focus on things when I drank it, its tastes amazing, and I never “crashed” because it is a slow release of caffeine unlike coffee.

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Some fun facts about Matcha:

  • It is rich is catechin polyphenols – compounds with high antioxidant activity
    • These polyphenols protect against various kinds of cancer, cardiovascular disease, AND slow the aging process down.
  • Provides trace minerals (selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium) and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K)
  • Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels (good for a Diabetic)
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Makes the body more resistant to toxins
  • And has LOTS OF FIBER
  • Boosts your metabolism
  • Enhances mood and aides in concentration
  • Inhibits the possible side effects of caffeine, like nervous energy found in coffee.
  • Different form of caffeine than the one found in coffee
  • Burns calories
  • Boosts vision and prevents eye disorders because of absorption of catechin in the tissues of the eye

1 cup of matcha antioxidants = 10 cups of brewed green tea antioxidants

That’s pretty insane

Matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which aren’t found in other foods.

The catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting properties.

Most importantly, EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance. 

Just a thought…drink it daily.

How does it help me focus?

  • Matcha contains the amino acid, L-theanine, it promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brain’s functioning.
  • Because of this amino acid, Matcha does not have the same effects from caffeine, like coffee
  • Stress typically induces beta waves which is an excited, more agitated state, L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. And while L-Theanine is common in all tea, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.

How does it help me burn calories?

A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.

How is it different than Coffee in regards to caffeine?

Theophylline is the form of caffeine found in Matcha tea. This is not in coffee. It sustains the energy levels without any adverse effects.

Have you ever felt super irritable after drinking a lot of coffee? Those are you hormones being out of wack

The slow release of energy due to theophylline helps in supporting the functionality of adrenal glands and it helps maintain your hormonal levels so you don’t feel that “irritability.”

 

Overall this guy strengthens your immune system and improves your health drastically. I’ll never drink coffee the same after realizing how amazing matcha is.