Benefits Of Matcha Green Tea You might know all about the health benefits of green tea, but have you ever tried green tea’s cooler cousin, matcha? Matcha tea is a powdered green tea that has a range of amazing health benefits , from free radical-fighting antioxidants to energy-boosting powers. How is matcha different from other teas ? Ordinarily, you would steep a teabag in hot water, and then remove it when you were ready to drink it. Matcha, on the other hand, is actually dissolved directly into the water or milk itself. Because you’re consuming the whole tea leaf, it has over 100x the antioxidant power of a regular cup of brewed green tea—and far more than other superfoods like goji berries and chia seeds. Matcha is also a good source of fiber. Since it’s powdered and then dissolved in liquid, it’s very easy for the body to absorb without causing any gastrointestinal distress. If you need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning but hate the jittery feeling that follows, try a matcha latte instead. It contains far more caffeine than ordinary green tea (again, because you’re consuming the whole leaf), but the real magic lies in l-theanine. This amino acid stimulates alpha brain waves that promote calmness, so when combined with the caffeine, you feel alert without crashing later. The l-theanine in matcha has also been shown improve concentration and memory, making it a great study buddy. Not all matcha is created equal, though. Due to environmental concerns, you’ll want to avoid buying matcha that comes from China. It’s possible that matcha from here may contain lead or other harmful toxins. High-quality matcha tea comes from Japan and will be bright green in color. It’s also pretty expensive—about five or six dollars per ounce—but the good news is that because it’s so potent, you only need to use a tiny bit at a time (most recipes will call for anywhere from ¼ to one teaspoon). You can purchase matcha at your local Asian grocery store, or from the Internet. Amazon has a variety of well-priced options, and its user reviews will give you a good indication of the quality of the tea you’re buying. If you want to try matcha, but don’t want to commit to buying a whole container of it, grab a matcha latte from your local coffee shop. Keep in mind that matcha is a little bitter on its own, so feel free to sweeten it up with a little honey or agave nectar. If lattes aren’t your thing, you can also blend matcha into a smoothie, or stir in into a bowl of oatmeal. However, you choose to enjoy it, matcha is the perfect healthy way to start your day! About the Author: David Quenneville FHMatch, all-in-one `Business in a Box! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch ! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments| Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance| Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , Pinterest , LinkedIn