|Matcha Health Benefits
When you drink matcha you are receiving the full benefits of all the nutrients and antioxidants in the leaves. Matcha has the following health benefits -
-Vitamins A,B6, B-complex, C, E, K, niacin, folate, riboflavin, thiamin
-Trace minerals calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, sodium
-Rich source of L-theanine & amino acids which improve calmness, mental alertness
-Strong blood detoxifer and alkalyzer due to high chlorophyll content
-70 times the antioxidants of orange juice,
-nine times the beta carotene of spinach and 4 times the beta carotene of carrots
-Extremely rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) and catechins, especially epigallocatechin -gallate ( EGCG )
-Boosts metabolic rate by 35-40% in regular drinkers, thus assisting in weight loss
-2 cups of regular green tea has approximately twice the antioxidants of red wine, 7 times that of orange juice and 20 times that of apple juice. Matcha, on a gram per gram basis, has approximately 10 times the polyphenols and antioxidants of regular teas.
Matcha and Caffeine:
Matcha does contain a small amount of caffeine, but like all green teas also contains L-theanine. L-theanine increases the alpha waveactivities in the brain, which creates a feeling of relaxation. L-theanine is associated with increasing the ability to focus and concentrate, but not agitate the nervous system. Researchers believe that this may be one of the reasons that drinking tea tends to have a calming, refreshing effect, rather than the jittery effects of coffee. It has been noted that Buddist monks frequently drink matcha, green teas, oolongs etc. and rarely appear agitated or nervous. It could be the L-theanine!