What is All the Rave About Matcha Anyway?
Matcha is a special green tea that is grown in the shade for 3 weeks before harvesting to intensify the antioxidant levels (EGCG). Matcha is chalk full of vitamins and minerals (Vit C, Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, and Magnesium), and amino acids (L-theanine), making it one of the healthiest drinks. Matcha is made by grinding up the whole tea leave. It is the only form of tea where the whole leaf is consumed.
Why Get on the Matcha Bandwagon?
- Matcha has the highest source of natural L-theanine. According to WebMD, "People use theanine for treating anxiety and high blood pressure, for preventing Alzheimer's disease, and for making cancer drugs more effective."
- Up to 130 times more antioxidants than other teas. According to WebMD, "Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it's poured in your cup, so it's rich in catechins."
- 6 times more amino acids than other teas.
- High in chlorophyll - used for detoxification, wound healing, and constipation.
- Dietary fiber being that you are consuming the actual leaves. Most Americans are lacking daily recommended fiber intake.
- Alkalizing to the body.
- Due to the fiber in Matcha it helps provide a more calming and alert feeling instead of a jittery high that often comes with coffee.