You may have seen the word matcha on boxes of tea or the coffee shop menu. But what exactly is matcha and what makes it so great?
Matcha is dried green tea leaves ground into a powder form that has a vibrant green color and is very aromatic. This more concentrated form of green tea is used in drinks as well as flavoring in food, such as cakes, noodles, and green tea ice cream.
Arguably Matcha is most recognized in its beverage form from iced lattes to creamy warm drinks. Not only is the vibrant color pleasant to look at, but matcha packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits.
Health Benefits of Matcha
1- High in Antioxidants
The catechins in tea are play the role of natural antioxidants, which may help reduce cell damage and prevent chronic disease. One study (1) has shown these catechins are 137 times greater in matcha than is available in regular China green tips green tea.
These potent antioxidants help reduce inflammation and protect from cell damage which promotes aging and disease.
2- May Reduce Blood Pressure
Due to green tea’s ability to relax blood vessels it can reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure numbers. It improves blood flow and reduces inflammation.
3- May Help Reduce Cholesterol
Various research suggests green tea drinkers at a healthy weight showed lower LDL cholesterol in their arteries. Higher LDL levels can up the risk of heart disease.
4- Brain Function
Match contains L-theanine, which has been shown to increase alpha brain activity and caffeine which can help increase alertness and energy levels.
5- Improve Skin
High levels of antioxidants like those found in matcha can help improve your complexion and slow down the signs of aging.
What’s not to love about this low-calorie powerhouse. Try it in your smoothies, a latte or even sprinkle some over your ice cream and enjoy the health benefits match has to offer.
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