WHAT IS MATCHA?
A long standing tradition of Japanese culture, Matcha is the highest quality powdered green tea available. It is made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants and then ultimately ground into a fine powder. It has a grassy, almost nutty taste and contains caffeine but releases it in a more sustained and balanced way than your regular cup of coffee.
WHAT DO SCIENCE AND HISTORY SAY?
- It is an excellent source of catechins, anti-aging antioxidants that fight damage from free radicals.
- A cup of matcha contains more than 137 times more antioxidants than a cup of regular tea.
- Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
- It also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid which has been observed to stimulate alpha brain wave production and improve mental clarity.
- It can provide a more balanced and sustained source of energy than coffee. Matcha does contains caffeine, but due to the presence of L-Theanine, the common side effects of caffeine do not apply (think nervousness, hypertension, jitters, etc.)
- It boosts the metabolism and has been shown to detoxify and burn fat.