Now this may come as a shock to the 64% of you that are coffee drinkers, but I am NOT a coffee person. However, that does not mean that I don't need my morning dose of caffeine. As my fellow tea enthusiasts will know, black tea does not deliver the same caffeine rush as coffee does. The actual difference is around 45 mg of caffeine.
As a college student, I knew that I wanted an alternative to coffee that would still give me a good amount of caffeine to start my day. That is how I stumbled upon a tea known as matcha which contains around 70 mg of caffeine. I’ll be honest, the first time I tried matcha I thought it tasted like dirt. Yes, you read that right, actual dirt. I did some further research and to my surprise, the taste of matcha differs by the quality of the leaves, and the maturity stage in which the leaves were picked.
With my newfound knowledge I returned to the grocery store and purchased an organic, high quality matcha tea. My second experience with matcha was a delight. I loved the earthiness of the flavors, as well as the beautiful green color that was created by the powder. After I began drinking matcha every morning, I wanted to learn more about the tea and some of the health benefits that matcha offers.
1. Matcha is high in EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).
Epi what?!? EGCG is a plant compound that is thought to have cancer fighting elements. EGCG contains powerful antioxidants that protect against free radicals and ultimately cellular damage!
2. Matcha may help fight disease.
Matcha contains catechins which are a part of a larger classification known as polyphenols. The name polyphenol may ring a bell, that’s because they are found in superfoods! Polyphenols work to protect the body against oxidative stress. Thus, by consuming matcha, you can help protect your body against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain chronic conditions.
3. Matcha improves concentration.
Matcha contains L-theanine which is an amino acid. L-theanine, when paired with caffeine, can have amazing impacts on cognitive function. It helps to improve alertness and concentration without the jittery effects of coffee.
4. Matcha may help boost your metabolism.
Thanks to your new bff EGCG, matcha can also help to boost your metabolism! EGCG has been shown to not only boost your metabolism but also stop the growth of fat cells.
For those of you who are not tea lovers, no worries!! Matcha is amazing for baking, putting into smoothies, even incorporating into your favorite meals! Now knowing that matcha is not only delicious, but also can help promote a healthier and longer life I will certainly be drinking it by the gallon.
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