This green tea is getting a lot of buzz, and if you knew all the health benefits from drinking it on a daily basis you’ll understand just why!
Matcha literally means “powdered tea” and unlike traditional green tea, matcha involves quite a different preparation. With matcha, you don’t infuse leaves into the hot water, but you are actually drinking the leaves which have been finely powdered into a thin solution.
Everyone is obsessed with matcha and the popular powder seems to be taking over our Instagram accounts. Japan’s most popular form of green tea has become a must-have ingredient for anyone looking to better their lifestyles and health.
Because matcha is made from high-quality and hand picked leaves, it has an enormous source of nutrients that we physically eat and ingest. In addition to providing vitamins and minerals, matcha is also rich in antioxidants called “polyphenols” which have been tied to protect against heart diseases and cancer, as well as blood pressure and Anti-aging.
Another and super interesting health benefit from matcha is it’s help in increasing our metabolism and helping with weight-loss.
Because we are actually consuming the entire leaves you may also get as much caffeine as three cups of coffee. But unlike with coffee, the caffeine in matcha creates a more “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called I-theanine which induces relaxation and drowsiness.
The preparation of matcha is also a special one as it is the focus of Japanese tea ceremonies, and it has long been associated with Zen. Preparing matcha tea can take a while and it is believed that if preparing matcha helps you slow down and enjoy the moment, it can be far more beneficial than any antioxidants in another form.
Other than having matcha in tea, you can also use it in your kitchen for both sweet and savoury dishes. There are a lot of recipes you can try such as matcha muffins, soup and even stir fry so make sure you start experimenting with it! Better yet, if you suffer from indigestion or bloating, matcha can also help with your stomach after a meal.
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