About The Newest Health Obsession – Matcha Tea.
First, it was açai, then kale and now matcha is the name of the game. But what is this new, superfood craze turning long-time coffee drinkers to tea? Since matcha means “powdered tea” one will consume the entire leaf, which is impossible when drinking steeped, loose leaf tea. Its unique form provides a bevy of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and more caffeine than traditional tea. We challenge you to add matcha to your morning fuel routine and see what health benefits it brings you.
01 You consume 100% of the nutrients.
When drinking loose leaf tea, the hot water and removal of the tea bag limit the totality of nutrients you actually receive. Since matcha is powdered tea leaves, you ingest the entire leaf and thus 100% of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it contains. One serving of matcha is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.
02 Contains more antioxidants than other superfoods.
Matcha contains more antioxidants than our other, beloved superfoods, like goji berries, pomegranates, blueberries, açai berries, broccoli and spinach. More than 60 percent of matcha is comprised of the potent antioxidant EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), which contains cancer-fighting properties and preserves and restores the body’s integral balance and well-being. EGCg also counteracts free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation and chemicals that lead to DNA damage.
03 Provides unparalleled nutrition.
Because it’s packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin C, zinc and magnesium, it’s a one-stop shop to receive a bounty of nutrients. According to ORAC (oxygenradical absorbance capacity) testing, matcha is unparalleled in nutrition. In the ORAC rating, matcha ranked at 1573 units per gram vs. 105 units per gram in pomegranates and 93 units per gram in blueberries. Matcha has 20 times more antioxidants!
04 Contains more caffeine.
Matcha has three times more caffeine than steeped tea. Unlike coffee, the caffeine found in matcha does not put stress on the body by raising blood pressure but rather creates an “alert calm.” Due to a natural substance called I-theanine, drinking matcha allows for relaxation sans drowsiness. It also increases thermogenesis, which is the body’s rate of burning calories.
05 Have you had your chlorophyll lately?
Chlorophyll is a detoxifier that helps eliminate chemicals and heavy metals in the body. During the growing process, the tea plants are covered with shade cloths before they’re harvested, which allows the leaves to grow with better flavor, texture and become richer in chlorophyll.