Like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it’s grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile. Let's know more about it!
Matcha is a type of green tea different from other types of teas we are used to. While most teas are prepared as an infusion, matcha is a powder made by crushing tea leaves into a powder that you later whisk with hot water to create the beverage. This is paramount as you are getting a concentrated dose of the tea plant, not an herbal infusion. Let’s have a look at its benefits:
1. It’s packed with antioxidants
The Camellia Sinensis tea plant is packed with a kind of antioxidant called catechins. Antioxidants are paramount to ward of free radicals. Free radicals are reactive atoms coming from pollution and other metabolic processes that can affect the health of our cells.
2. It protects the liver
The liver is the key organ when it comes to detoxification of our bodies. Research on green teas such as matcha has proved to help prevent liver disease because it boosts its ability to metabolize lipids.
3. It helps control anxiety
Research has shown that matcha can boost your mood and energy, and as it has a high concentration of the amino acid L-theanine it can be great for those who suffer from high anxiety. It has also shown good results when it comes to slowing down cognitive decline.
4. Heart health
Evidence has shown that green tea can be extremely beneficial to improve heart health –as it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and lipid-balancing properties.
5. It can boost your skin's glow
Vitamin C stimulates collagen production when ingested according to this study in the journal Nutrients. And vitamin B can help to promote healthy skin cell turnover
6. Energy boost
Matcha powder has about three times the amount of caffeine as alternative types of brewed teas.
Black tea has 47 mg of caffeine per cup, and green tea has 28 mg, while matcha has 70 mg of caffeine. That's about the same energy benefit—or slightly less than—a cup of coffee, which has around 96 mg of caffeine per cup
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