Remember that delicious creamy Matcha Smoothie from last week? Here are even more reasons to fall in love with this superstar version of the rightfully famous green tea.
What is matcha all about and why is everyone calling it a superfood? Matcha is a fine, green tea powder originating from Japan, but unlike traditional green tea leaves that are steeped, the entire leaf is harvested, processed, and consumed.
- Abundant Antioxidants: matcha is loaded with antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been linked to a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease. In addition, antioxidants fight off reactive oxygen species in the body that wreak havoc on body cells. In short, antioxidants protect and prevent cells from oxidative damage.
- Immune Support: due to the health boosting antioxidants, amino acids, and other compounds contained in matcha, research suggests that matcha has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and may boost overall immune responses.
- Mood boosting: research suggests that the serotonin and the amino acid L-theanine, found in matcha, may help to lower anxiety and boost one’s overall mood.
- Heart Healthy: Out with the bad, in with the good: Studies show that the antioxidants found in matcha may work to disrupt cholesterol absorption from food in the gastrointestinal tract, therefore contributing to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels circulating through the blood.
- Pick Me Up: 1 cup of matcha contains ~68 mg of caffeine, while its traditional green tea counterpart only contains 32 mg. Compared to a cup of black coffee (which contains around 100 mg of caffeine), matcha could be a good alternative for an energy fix!
How to use it?
To prepare traditional matcha tea, pour the matcha powder through a sieve to remove any clumps. After boiling the water, let cool for a moment before slowly pouring it onto the powder. With a whisk, whisk the powder into a frothy, smooth consistency and enjoy!
For a more modern twist on matcha, check out these recipes below: