So you’ve switched from drinking coffee to tea because you want to be healthier. But we bet you didn’t know that some teas offer more nutritional benefits than others. Have you been drinking bagged teas ever since you did the switch? Get ready to change up your tea game again as we tell you why you should be drinking matcha instead of your traditional baggies. Matcha falls under the family of Japanese green teas, and its leaves are grown and harvested in the shade. By covering the plants, they are denied direct access to sunlight. This slows down growth and causes an increase of chlorophyll levels. In turn this results in the production of amino acids, which causes the tea to have a bitter flavor. Theanine, a particular amino acid produced by matcha leaves, can potentially aid in reducing responses to mental stress. Compared to regular tea, the theanine content is about five times higher in matcha tea powder. Besides a calming effect, theanine also improves memory and learning. So by drinking matcha, you would get a similar effect to coffee in regards to alertness and concentration without the jittery shakes.
Not only can you improve your memory and attention by drinking matcha, but you improve your energy levels as well. After incorporating matcha into your regular daily routine, you should see a boost in your energy levels. The energy boost will also increase your metabolism due to a higher rate of digestion. Similarly to coffee, matcha will help burn calories but without the negative side effects.
Matcha is a superfood chalk full of antioxidants. One cup of matcha green tea is roughly the equivalent of consuming 10 cups of commercially bagged green tea. In fact the antioxident EGCg levels found in matcha is roughly three times that found in commercial grade teas. Now you’re probably wondering what EGCg is, well its a catechin. And your second question is most likely going to be what is a catechin? Catechines are natural antioxidants that the plants produce as they grow. They are known as important antioxidants that help battle free radicals and in particular aids in the process of fighting against cancer. The level of antioxidants found in matcha is more than twenty times that found in blueberries.
The health benefits of matcha compared to commercial grade tea jumps from 3:1 to 10:1 when the commercial tea leaves are bagged so that you only drink the steeped water. Most of the beneficial properties found in tea leaves remain inside the leaves, thus the quantity of antioxidants you consume is greatly reduced. Does that mean you should start using loose leaf teas and drinking the leaves as well? That’s not quite the case when you can just drink matcha green tea instead.
Have we convinced you to switch over to matcha from your regular loose leaf teas? If you need some inspiring matcha tea recipes, check out Matcha Source for classic and new ideas.
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