Trying To Kick Coffee To The Curb? Try Matcha Instead
Although we are self-confessed coffee-lovers (and we truly believe that there are many health benefits to drinking moderate amounts of coffee), we also appreciate that some people either simply don't like the taste, or they are trying to reduce their intake — or even kick it to the curb altogether. If this sounds like you, we'd like to introduce you to Matcha. If you've yet to hear about it, Matcha is a high quality premium green tea powder that that comes from Japan and can be used as a tea ingredient, or added to other recipes.
Why do we love it? Matcha is a nutritional powerhouse. It's not only an extremely abundant source of antioxidants (137 times that of regular green tea), but it's mood and concentration-enhancing, energy boosting, weight-loss aiding, Cancer fighting and it improves our heart health.
Intrigued? Keep reading for our top 5 reasons you should add Matcha to your morning or daily wellness ritual.
Matcha is an incredibly potent source of the antioxidants called polyphenols and catechins, specifically EGCg. In fact, it has been said that one cup of Matcha has 137 times the antioxidants as one cup of green tea and way more antioxidants than both spinach and chocolate. Woah! These powerful antioxidants have been shown to reduce our risk of Cancer by fighting free radicals that we accumulate from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals.
Boosts focus & concentration and enhances calm and helps us relax
Drinking Matcha and green tea have both been done for centuries by zen monks to relax the body and mind and help ease them into a meditative state. Matcha is a rich source of L-Theanine, an amino acid which has been shown to induce a state of relaxation, without the feelings of drowsiness. So you can remain alert, while relaxed too!
Improves heart health
Drinking Matcha has been associated with a reduction in the "bad" LDL lipoproteins and a reduction in high triglycerides. On the flip side, it has also been shown to increase the "good" HDL lipoproteins and improve our artery function. Both of these combined have the effect of reducing our risk for heart attack and stroke.
Burns fat and aids in weight loss
Looking to burn fat? Drinking Matcha has been shown to boost our metabolism, burn calories and aid in fat burning. It's also almost free of calories! But, the best part? Matcha does this without the unwanted side effects of boosting heart rate or blood pressure.
Detoxifies our bodies & liver
Wondering what makes Matcha tea that stunning bright green colour? Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a well-known and powerful detoxifier as it helps rid our bodies of accumulated toxins in the body. In addition to boasting high levels of chlorophyll, Matcha is also a rich source of fiber and other vitamins including vitamin c, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium.