Matcha: 30 Powerful Reasons to brew a cup right now


Matcha, finely ground green tea, is my favorite drink. Usually around 3:00 pm, I need a quick pick-me-up. Nothing is better than a matcha latte! Hot or cold, I mix it with almond or soy milk for a refreshing and energy boosting drink. Matcha has a lot of health benefits beyond boosting energy. Plus, it works well in a variety of recipes, which I will share below.

Tea in general should be part of any healthy lifestyle. Tea not only tastes great but it can be counted as part of daily water intake. If you are striving to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily, tea can break up the water routine and make it more likely you will stick to your goal. Drinking tea is even better than drinking water since it contains many healthy antioxidants.

matcha health benefits and recipes

As with any healthy lifestyle, drinking organic matcha will help you avoid harmful chemicals and pesticides. Many tea companies use harmful chemicals in the actual tea bag. The tea leaves themselves are processed and some companies use neonicotinoids when processing the leaves. Neonicotinoids negatively impact a variety of beneficial insects, including bees.

Neonicotinoids affect the central nervous system of insects resulting in paralysis and death. Humans are not safe from the neonicotinoids either! Neonicotinoids can alter estrogen production in humans. So if you are trying to keep your hormones level, drinking non-organic tea will not support your health goals.

Let's take a look at the health benefits of matcha.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

#1 It is Calming

Matcha contains L-theanine, which is a unique amino acide that helps boost alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves enhance mood, encourage relaxation, induce a profound feeling of mental clarity and help you stay alert.

#2 Matcha is full of Antioxidants

EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is the most plentiful antioxidant in green tea. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals in the body, which protects us from their harmful effects. If free radicals run rampant in our bodies, they can lead to chronic health problems such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammation.

#3 It Detoxifies the Body

Matcha is green which means it contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is an excellent detoxifier, which helps cleanse the blood. We should be eating something green every day due to the impact of chlorophyll on our bodies. Matcha helps achieve this goal.

#4 Matcha may protect against Cancer

Matcha has been studied for it's anti-cancer potential. In one long-term study, drinking 40 ounces of green tea every day delayed cancer from starting for 7 years in female patients.