If you’re wondering, “What in the world is matcha and why has everyone been talking about it?” this post is for you. Judging by the influx of matcha cafes around the major cities, you can tell its become extremely popular and trendy in recent years.
I was drawn to it through my obsession with green tea and my desire to live healthier. Much like green tea’s zen origins, matcha too was founded in Japan to help with meditation practice. Except, you should think of matcha as the purest and richest form of it. The reason you should drink the tea–aside from its beautiful vibrant green color–are these five powerful health benefits you receive from just one cup:
1. Matcha supports weight loss: Consuming matcha can rapidly increase the rate in which your body burns calories. It also helps burn fat all while boosting your metabolism.
2. Matcha is an energy source: The caffeine in many teas alone will boost your body’s energy. The thing that’s so unique and special about matcha, is its natural properties work the same way. A cup in the morning can really kick start your day far better than a cup of any other tea.
3. Detox, detox, and more detox: Matcha naturally cleanses the body of any harmful elements. Chlorophyll, which is found in green tea works as a powerful detoxifier. Matcha is richer in chlorophyll.
4.One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of green tea: Because it isn’t a loose leaf tea, it provides you with more of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than any other green tea. Antioxidants are what help your body fight against diseases. So the more you consume, the better.
5. Matcha’s ingredients help with concentration and focus: Matcha has a rare amino acid (L-Theanine) that acts on the brain’s functions, producing a state of relaxation. While most teas have this same amino acid, matcha has five times more of it. Go get your meditation on.