Matcha, sometimes termed the ‘espresso of green tea’, is a colorful bright green drink with benefits that stretch far beyond the joys of its vibrant green color. It’s an all-natural wellness drink and a great alternative to traditional coffee and tea. Here’s why:
Chlorophyll is the compound responsible for matcha’s green color. And it helps detoxify and cleanse our system also. It does this by binding with toxic metals and preventing them from getting absorbed into our bodies. Considerng the harmful stuff we intentionally and accidentally put into our bodies everyday, all bodies could use a little matcha.
Anyone who starts their day with matcha-shot will tell you the immediate surge in energy that they experience. Instead of giving you an instant spike in energy levels like coffee and energy drinks, matcha provides a more sustainable source of energy which will keep you going for the whole day rather than a couple of hours. Thankfully, there is no post-coffee crash with this drink. This is all thanks to a unique amino acid known as L-theanine that is found in matcha.
Matcha is one of the richest food sources of antioxidants out there. One cup of matcha has 10 times the antioxidants as normal green tea, 20 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and 60 times the antioxidant levels of spinach. These high antioxidant levels fight any internal damage that can happen to our organs and skin and help you feel and look younger, from the inside out.
Matcha can help you lose weight by two mechanisms. Firstly, instead of the usual syrup filled coffee you get from your local barista, switching to matcha will save you a ton of calories and sugar as it is virtually calorie free. Secondly, the drink is rich in EGCG, a group of compounds that can boost metabolism and prevent the growth of fat cells.
Matcha reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your blood, thus acting as a protective factor against heart disease. This heart protective quality is also due to the high concentrations of EGCG. While high levels of antioxidants prevent heart muscle damage.