Why Matcha? (Health properties)
Matcha Green Tea is truly an antioxidant powerhouse.
Drinking one cup of Matcha green tea has 137 times the antioxidant EGCG’s compared to a regular cup of green tea.
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables, but research shows that matcha contains the highest concentration of antioxidant levels on a per gram basis compared to all natural fruits and vegetables, .
ORAC test results prove that 1g of organic ceremonial matcha contains 1,384 ORAC units. (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)- A lab test that attempts to quantify the "total antioxidant capacity" (TAC) of a food).
Source: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States.
Matcha contains a class of antioxidants called Catechins. Matcha is high in a Catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).
EGCG are believed to have cancer fighting properties on the body. This catechin is known to fight inflammation in your body, help maintain healthy arteries, and promote cell repair.
It is no doubt that matcha is a great alternative to coffee. This is due to the highly concentrated amino acid L-Theanine, which is found in matcha. It is responsible for producing that “calm alertness” feeling by allowing our bodies to absorb the natural caffeine in matcha more slowly. This results in a sustained 3 to 6 hour period of energy without the crash or jitters that may come with other coffee or energy drinks.
L-Theanine also encourages relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety by minimizing the ability to produce brain-inhibiting hormones like corticosterone that gets produced when we feel stressed.
The L-Theanine in matcha acts as a brain food by encouraging production of alpha brain wave activities which improves memories as well as our ability to concentrate.
Matcha is 5x higher in chlorophyll than a regular green tea. This is because matcha leaves are shaded from direct sunlight before harvest which results in higher chlorophyll. The chlorophyll in matcha is what produces that vibrant green colour. It also aids weight loss by naturally cleansing and detoxifying the body of toxins, dioxins and heavy metals. Chlorophyll s considered a superfood is because of its strong antioxidant and anticancer effects.