Why you should be drinking matcha
You've probably heard a lot of hype about matcha over the last few years and wondered whether it is worth giving the bright green powder a go.
There's always some sort of new health fad on the market, which can leave you a bit unsure about what really works. However, matcha has a rich history and is a traditional part of Japanese culture, which suggests it lives up to at least some of the hype.
Matcha tea is different from other forms of green tea as it is made from the young leaves of Camellia sinensis plants, which are grown in the shade. These leaves, which are then steamed and ground into a fine powder, are packed with more nutrients and the finished product is more concentrated than tea bags.
As well as having a fascinating history, matcha also has a lot of benefits, which means you really should be drinking it. Don't believe us? Here's what you're missing out on:
Improves memory and concentration
Those who rely on standard tea or coffee to keep their energy levels up during the day may find that their concentration starts to wane once the initial caffeine jolt has faded. This isn't the case with matcha, which can keep you concentrating for up to six hours!
This means a shot of matcha in the morning – which can be drunk with juice, milk or water, could set you up for the rest of day.
On top of these, some studies have linked it to long-term improved memory, as well as short-term boosts. So not only could you end up remembering where you put your keys every day, it could help you in years to come.
Full of antioxidants
Antioxidants are vital for fighting against the damaging effects of free radicals. They keep your skin looking young as well as help prevent a number of illnesses. You can get antioxidants from fresh fruit and vegetables, but one portion of matcha – usually half a teaspoon – is crammed full of five times more antioxidants than any other food!
This gives you a great boost and helps to keep you healthy.
Keeps you energised
Matcha contains naturally-occurring caffeine for a bit of a boost, but the real reason the tea keeps you going for hours is that it contains a unique mix of nutrients. These keep your energy levels high, along with improving endurance.
On top of this, you won't get any of the side effects common with other caffeine or stimulant sources, so that means no nervousness or high blood pressure. Matcha is much cleaner and healthier when it comes to giving you energy.
Speeds up your metabolism
Those looking to burn some extra calories should add matcha to their diet alongside healthy food and plenty of energy. Matcha has been found to increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn fat around four-times faster than average.
Unlike other diets, the effects don't reduce over time, so a glass of matcha a day could help you to lose weight or maintain your fitness levels.
Keeps you healthy
A big part of staying healthy is doing what you can to keep your immune system strong. A strong immune system allows you to fight off illnesses like colds and flu, as well as other more serious maladies.
Matcha is full of catechins, which have been found to have antibiotic properties, as well as lots of potassium, iron, calcium, protein and vitamins A and C. All of this leads to a healthy immune system.
Helps you stay calm
As well as all these great benefits, Matcha has also been found to help keep you calm and reduce stress. While it keeps you alert, you won't feel restless and you won't start to doze off.
This means you can safely drink matcha to keep you going without having to worry that it will cause higher stress levels.