Matcha: Your Antioxidant-Rich Best Friend If you have that undying love for matcha, that’s great news because it has a wide range of health benefits that your body will love. Matcha comes from tea plant, camellia sinensis and the young leaves are usually grinded into a bright green powder form for consumption. A small sneak peek into matcha’s history: Its origins can be traced back to China in the 7th – 10th Century. A Japanese Buddhist Monk, Eisai spent a great deal of time in China. He is credited with bringing the tea seeds from China to Japan when he moved back. Zen Buddhists found an alternative way to plant tea seeds than the original method. They cultivated the green tea plant under shaded conditions – and this method has become popular for maximizing the health benefits of our beloved “matcha”. If you plan to go to Japan for a Japanese Tea Ceremony, there’s a fact that would interest you. Japanese tea ceremony stands for 4 pillars: Harmony (wa), Respect (kei), Purity (sei), and Tranquility (jaku). During this ceremony, they drink matcha tea! From improving your focus to helping your body fight diseases, there’s nothing matcha can’t do to boost your wellness! Before you jump into organizing your matcha party, learn about the 6 astounding benefits of matcha: 1) It offers sustained release of energy over long periods Brewed coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine per cup. Matcha has about 70 mg of caffeine per cup. Then how come it is superior? The answer is simple. Matcha, the vital green powder contains caffeine and amino acid L – Theanine, which together slow down the absorption of caffeine and provide a sustained release of energy. Hence, the caffeine enters the bloodstream over a period of 6-8 hours which is unlike coffee which peaks within 1 hour. So, it’s safe to say that you can bid goodbye to caffeine crashes. 2) It boosts brain function L-Theanine, present in matcha, elevates the levels of GABA (naturally occurring amino acid which works as a neurotransmitter in the brain), serotonin and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters which are largely responsible for regulating emotions, mood, alertness, energy and concentration among a few. When there are elevated levels of these calming neurotransmitters, it promotes cognitive function. Remember the caffeine and L-Theanine combination and why it’s special and important? The sustained release of energy allows the brain to focus for longer periods of time. So, have it at the start of your day or before you do your workout! 3) It’s unbelievably high in antioxidants Matcha is rich in catechins, which are a class of plant compounds that are natural antioxidants. A study shows that they help to prevent cell damage by fighting against the formation of free radicals. 4) It may help prevent cancer Matcha contains a high amount of Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Studies show that this class of plant compounds are the most powerful and abundant antioxidant in cancer chemoprevention. It is specifically known for its effect in prevention of prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, skin cancer and lung cancer. 5) It helps you lose weight Remember our friend EGCG which matcha contains in abundance? Research shows that it has the potential to boost metabolism. A higher metabolic rate may not be tied to you shredding kilos of weight. But, don’t be discouraged – a higher metabolic rate does indicate more calorie burn! 6) It promotes heart health The antioxidants in matcha help in reducing the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and other unhealthy fats. What’s wrong with bad cholesterol? They pile up on the walls of your arteries, thereby complicating blood flow to and from the heart. Thus, as your body gets rid of the unhealthy fats, it reduces the risk of cardiac diseases like stroke and heart attack. And your heart becomes happier! How to use matcha: Matcha is incredibly easy to use. If you love the flavour, you can practically incorporate it into anything you create in the kitchen. Some ideas for you: Make green tea! Add a scoop of matcha powder into your next batch of baked goodsBlend with your smoothies and shakesMix into juices and beveragesTop onto salads and snacksMix into your morning oatmealMake matcha popcorn! GRAB YOUR CEREMONIAL GRADE MATCHA HERE! Get matcha goodness delivered right to your doorstep. We source it directly from Japan to save you the trouble! Our 100% organic superfood powder is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO. Happy Matcha-ing!