9 Incredible Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
What makes matcha tea so powerful?
Matcha uses the entire leaf by grinding it down into a fine powder for consumption. Loose-leaf green tea, on the other hand, is brewed with the leaves, but then discarded after use.
That means every time you brew a cup of loose-leaf green tea and then discard the tea bag, you are throwing away powerful antioxidants and only deriving some of the benefits nature had intended.
Matcha has been shown to have numerous health benefits…
...But, before we get into those, let’s first answer the question…
What is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha is Earth’s natural superpowder, finely ground from high quality green tea leaves.
As a pantry staple in the Japanese culture for thousands of years, matcha serves as an abundant source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, that benefit more than just the body.
And since matcha contains the whole leaf, none of the nutrients are left to waste...unlike all of the loose-leaf teas out there, where the leaves, flowers, and herbs are discarded after the brewing process.
What are the Different Grades of Matcha?
There are three main grades of matcha: classic, ceremonial, and culinary.
Classic grade is ideal for everyday consumption and is most commonly found in lattes and smoothies.
Ceremonial grade is most commonly used in tea ceremonies. This is considered to be the most premium, high quality grade of matcha and is preferred for its bold flavor, dark green color, and incredible health benefits.
[Note: This is our favorite and is the only grade we even consider using in our products.]
Culinary grade is used in smoothies, desserts, and bakes. This grade still contains a lot of the same health benefits and is the fastest growing segment of the matcha family.
Is anyone craving matcha nice cream now? :)
Who Should Consider Starting a Matcha Ritual?
Matcha is rapidly gaining popularity in the health & fitness, beauty, and personal development communities.
Matcha is perfect for the health-conscious, on-the-go individual that’s passionate about their health, sustainability, and clean eating...yogis and fitness enthusiasts, we’re talking to you!
It’s perfect for the individual who is looking to enhance their beauty routine, promote healthy-looking skin, and make a nice addition to their anti-aging, skincare regimen. And it’s perfect for the high-achieving, driven, young professional that is striving to make an impact on the world, is dealing with stress, fatigue, mental fog, and sleep issues.
We think it’s safe to say matcha has a little something to offer everyone.
And creating your very own matcha ritual will help create a state of wellness that inspires you to achieve your highest potential, regardless of your path in life.
(Note: Ready to start your very own matcha ritual? Our Matcha Go-To Sticks are a perfect place to start for those looking for an organic, ceremonial grade matcha that is both convenient and travel-friendly!)
Matcha vs Green Tea
1 cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea. That means you would have to drink 10 cups of traditional loose-leaf green tea in order to get the antioxidants, L-theanine, B & C vitamins, and overall nutritional value found in 1 cup of matcha green tea.
1 cup of matcha has 137x the antioxidants, 5x the L-theanine, and 10x the amount of vitamin C as 10 cups of loose-leaf green tea...and the list goes on.
And that’s just compared to green tea… What about compared to black tea, white tea, and coffee? We will dive deeper into that question in a future post.
For now, let’s shift our attention to the health benefits of matcha and answer the most commonly asked questions:
What does matcha green tea do for you?
Why is matcha good for you?
We’re glad you asked...
9 Incredible Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
The L-Theanine found in matcha helps balance out the caffeine for a sustained and steady energy that lasts.
L-Theanine also increases brain waves to improve mental clarity, brush away brain fog, and help reduce stress, while EGCG boosts activity in the brain responsible for storing information - hello improved memory and cognitive performance!
Unlike coffee and so-called “healthy energy drinks”, matcha provides pure energy that won’t make you jittery and crash when it’s gone.
The L-Theanine found in matcha also improves blood flow to help fight muscle fatigue, improve physical endurance, and power your body to get through the day with ease.
So whether it’s energy for a grueling workout, a big project or presentation that’s coming due, or just the never-ending list of to do’s that comes with being a new mom, matcha can help you get through it.
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EGCG helps even out skin tone, reduce redness, prevent acne, and stimulates hair growth. Vitamin B2 promotes skin elasticity and moisture retention. And catechins aid tissues to utilize oxygen more efficiently.
Matcha is abundant in vital nutrients including Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, C, F, & P, potassium, iron, calcium, fiber, amino acids, and more, all of which promote a strong immune system… But, it doesn’t stop there.
Matcha also helps improve lung functionality, while EGCG helps prevent viral & bacterial infections, and other general illnesses.
EGCG combined with the high level of antioxidants found in matcha has even been shown to help prevent cancer, help stabilize free radicals that can damage cells & cause chronic disease, and help reduce levels of total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, thereby promoting heart health!
Fitness enthusiasts love matcha as a natural detoxifying agent.
The vibrant green color produced by chlorophyll helps remove heavy metals and toxins from the body, thereby improving liver function.
For those looking to lose weight, matcha tea makes an excellent addition to your diet plan!
Catechins utilize fat as an energy source to burn more calories, helping to promote weight loss.
And as we all know, weight loss is simply a math formula where calories out must be greater than calories in.
Make matcha tea your pre workout of choice to help boost metabolism and help promote weight loss!
The calming properties in L-Theanine help boost mood, helping you feel more aligned and connected to your environment.
This might be our favorite one.
If you feel you’re constantly trying to find the balance between being fast-paced & trendy, while staying grounded & present, then a matcha ritual might be exactly what you need.
Matcha uplifts the soul and brings the mind and body into harmony. It brings inner peace by aligning the physical and mental well-being. It raises you to a higher state of consciousness.
Feel one with nature and connect with those around you on a higher level when you implement a matcha ritual into your daily routine.
Matcha is Your Superpowder
The unbelievable benefits of matcha extend far beyond just the physical body.
In fact, it benefits your entire human experience.
Why? - Because “wellness” is multidimensional.
Wellness defines our overall sense of well-being - including our mental, emotional, and spiritual self.
By adding a matcha ritual to your daily routine, you’re opening yourself up to the possibilities, while protecting the only body you have.
This superpowder will become your superpower as it sustains you in your journey of life, from mind, to body, to soul.
Your journey has only just begun.
Start a matcha ritual today with the help of our Matcha Go-To Sticks - the perfect place to start for those looking for an organic, ceremonial grade matcha that is both convenient and travel-friendly!