As Matcha leaves are ground into powder and fully consumed, the entire tea leaf is ingested, increasing the amount of nutrients, antioxidants, amino acids, and minerals consumed. It is noted that over 80% of the tea’s nutrients are contained within the leaf. In fact, 1 cup of Matcha tea has the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea. This is important, as antioxidants are chemical compounds that the body uses as defense agents to prevent aging and chronic diseases such as cancer.
Unlike a lot of other types of teas which require sugar, milk, honey, etc. to make them tasteful to the average consumer, Matcha’s flavour is crisp, savory, and delicious. The powdery state also allows for flexibility in consumption, as it can be incorporated into water, baked goods, smoothies, ice cream, oatmeal, and just about anything else you can think of... except maybe not beer!
The noble warriors of early-modern Japan, known as samurai or bushi, were known to drink Matcha tea before going into battle due to it's ability to provide energy. Although Matcha naturally contains caffeine, the majority of the boost is the result of it's unique combination of other nutrients, which helps to extend energy supply for an additional 3-4 hours compared to coffee without the caffeine crash at the end. As Matcha contains a significant amount of L-Theanine, consumers also do not experience the usual side-effects of energy stimulants such as nervousness or jitters. Overall, it is good, clean, natural energy!
Matcha Green Tea has been shown in numerous studies to boost metabolism and help the body burn fat at a rate of 4 times higher than normal. It has also been proven to enhance both resting metabolic and active heart rate. However, unlike other dietary aids, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as high blood pressure or increased heart rate, and also helps speed up post-exercise recovery.
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