It’s raining here! I don’t want to work when it rains! I want nap, and eat, and watch Mistresses and Modern Family ALL.DAY.LONG. I can’t be the only one that feels this way when it rains, right? RIGHT??? Anyways, since I truly do care about you and your health and love teaching you ways to constantly boost it, today I’ll be sharing with you an awesome addition to your daily life that will increase your health in many awesome ways. I guess we’ll just dive straight into the post before I steer off course and start talking about how the relationship between Joss & Harry is just weird and practically incestuous, or when will Mitch and Cam finally get another baby??? I want another Lily! She’s so freaking cute!
Matcha tea is the bomb diggity yo! It’s blowing up everywhere! Seems like everyone and their mother is trying out this antioxidant-filled tea that’s been a staple in Japan for centuries. If you haven’t hopped on the matcha train yet, I’m confident that by the time you’re done reading this post, you’ll be clicking on the link and buying yourself some of this jacked up version of green tea.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha literally means, ‘powdered tea’ and it’s a special form of green tea that is usually grown in Japan. What gives this tea its superpowers is that the leaves are grown in the shade, which boosts its chlorophyll content. Unlike traditional green tea where the leaves are infused into hot water via tea bags then discarded, with matcha you’re actually consuming the entire chlorophyll-rich leaves that have been handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder.
Because matcha is made from high-quality leaves that are ingested, it’s a more potent source of nutrients than regular steeped green tea.
7 Benefits of Matcha Tea
Matcha is filthy, JUST FILTHY rich in antioxidants! Antioxidants help you fight inflammation which protects against disease. Antioxidants protect against aging, they clean free radicals out of your bloodstream, (free radicals are everywhere, in the air, our food, and the stuff around us. They cause aging related illnesses, and can contribute to heart attacks, stroke and cancers.), antioxidants strengthen your immune system, and pretty much fight sickness and illnesses. Not bad huh? One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! Whoa baby! Even more awesome, matcha’s tea antioxidant levels are 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60.5 times that of spinach! Holy smokes Batman! Those antioxidants levels are off the chart!
Matcha protects against Cancer. One of the potent antioxidants in matcha is called catechins, which pretty much seek out dangerous free radicals in the body and kick their ass! One of these catechins is called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea. Awesome sauce!
Fat loss! Matcha contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) a very potent antioxidant. This antioxidant increases fat oxidation by 33 percent. 33% more fat burn just from drinking tea? Hellllsssss yeah! EGCG inhibits fat cell development, increases fat excretion, and revs ups your metabolism. That sounds good right?
Protects your ticker. As shown in a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition- catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. Even better, a 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of stroke. Since matcha is the souped-up version of green tea, drinking a cup of matcha tea daily is a great way to keep your heart healthy!
Detoxifies. We live in a toxic world. It’s full of pollution, GMO’s, chemicals, hormones and shit. The richness of chlorophyll in matcha makes this tea a potent detoxifier. During digestion, some chlorophyll is absorbed into the bloodstream. As the blood passes through the liver, chlorophyll promotes the liver’s cleansing and detoxification process by using enzymes to convert a toxic substance into a less toxic substance that is easily eliminated by the body.
Super brain power activate! How many of us are functioning on six or less hours of sleep, have a to-do list a mile long, a kennel full of kids, and numerous other life responsibilities? Lots of us right? We could all use a boost in brain power. Enter, L-Theanine. So L-Theanine has been shown to stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration, and guess what??? Matcha tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea! Booyah!
Better energy than coffee. I know I know you loveeeeee your starbucks (gag) but instead of filling your body with that shit-chemical filled crap, try a cup of matcha tea every now and then. Matcha tea provides an energy boost without the coffee crash headache thanks to the relaxing properties of L-theanine. L-theanine. counterbalance the “jittery” effects of caffeine.
Yes, those benefits are just freaking great, but let’s cover a few things to consider before you start guzzling this tea…
Caveats of Matcha
- Although matcha is generally considered safe, the National Institutes of Health warns that matcha/green tea may cause stomach upset and constipation in some cases. So if tea in general tends to give you the trots (or other digestive problems), I would avoid it all together or ease your way into matcha tea and just test the waters with maybe half the daily dose, (1/2 tsp of matcha powder in 4oz of water) instead of the full dose (1tsp of matcha powder in 8oz of water) and see how it goes from there.
- If you’re sensitive to caffeine be aware that Matcha does contain roughly 25mg of caffeine, which is approximately one-third the caffeine of a cup of brewed coffee.
- Do not drink Matcha if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Green tea in general contains caffeine, catechins and tannic acids. All three substances in large amounts have been linked to pregnancy risks.And sure, maybe you’re not downing mug after mug of tea, but when it comes to your precious cargo, I always err on the side of caution. Talk to your doctor about it for a more personalized recommendation.
- Check with your doctor first if you suffer from, or are susceptible to, iron deficiency anaemia. Tea is known as a “negative calories” beverage. Not only does it contain virtually no calories, it also block the absorption of certain nutrients. One key concern is iron mal absorption. A 2001 study reports that green tea extract reduces the absorption of non-heme iron by 25%. Granted, four years later there was another study that showed that longterm tea drinkers actually develop resistance to tannin and so the adverse effects are neutralized. Isn’t that fun? I mean a pain in the ass when you learn that something is “bad” only to read something ELSE that counter its? Play it safe and check with your doctor first.
How to make matcha tea and how much to drink
Contrary to Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, and other joints, what they serve to you is NOT freaking real matcha tea! It’s the Americanized version of it. And true to America’s nature of ruining good food and turning it into shit, the matcha tea you get at these chains is full of sugar, chemicals, syrups, dairy, soy and crap. You get the point. The matcha tea (or lattes) that you get at these places taste NOTHING like the real deal.
To be honest, the real matcha tea doesn’t taste as good as stabucks. The fake matcha lattes taste like sugary, sweet heaven, but do NOTHING for you when it comes to all of the banging health benefits I talked about, since the added shit chemicals cancels out any benefits. The real matcha isn’t as sexy or fancy as the cafe versions. It tastes earthy, and somewhat bitter.
This woman shows perfectly how to prepare matcha in a traditional way, so if you respect this incredible tea, this is how it’s done! (Side note- Sometimes I’ll prepare the tea as demonstrated in the video, other times I’m lazy and will add 1tsp of matcha powder to my smoothie)
I drink a max of 1 cup of matcha tea a day. That’s equal to 1tsp of matcha powder in 8oz of water. Or like I mentioned, I’ll add 1tsp of the powder to my smoothies. But 1 tsp is my max. Don’t go overboard. I know you want to reap the benefits as much as possible, but going overboard and drinking TONS of matcha tea will negate the benefits and instead cause you problems. So enjoy your daily cup and leave it at that.
Which Matcha to buy
Go for quality here. As with everything, go for quality. This the brand I use…