Matcha, Matcha, MATCHA!
Matcha lattes, matcha smoothies, matcha chocolate…matcha everything, everywhere! Why? Why are we so obsessed with this “superfood”? What even makes it a superfood? Well… here you go- lots of information on all things MRM MATCHA!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a green tea that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Made from Imperial Grade green tea leaves- Matcha is covered in shade for the last few weeks of growing before harvesting to boost chlorophyl production (that’s what give matcha it’s beautiful, rich green color). Just the youngest leaves are picked by hand from the tips of the tree- only the first through third leaves are harvested to ensure high quality. The leaves are then lightly steamed before being dried and processed into a fine powder. Then, the powder is kept covered from light and sealed from oxygen to help preserve all of the antioxidants, rich flavor, and beautiful green color.
Matcha differs from other green teas for many reasons. The most important difference is when you drink a cup of matcha green tea you are actually consuming the entire leaf in powder form, versus simply steeping the tea and drinking the minimal extracted beneficial nutrients. This makes matcha many times more nutrient dense and nourishing!
Drinking matcha is a great way to get a boost of energy. In fact, many people enjoy drinking matcha instead of coffee! The caffeine in conjunction with other nutrients in matcha causes the affect of caffeine to feel different than with straight caffeine, like from coffee. Usually when drinking coffee you’ll experience a jittery feeling, stomach aches and pains- especially if consumed on an empty stomach, and a serious adrenaline crash that can leave you even worse off than you were before drinking the coffee. Matcha green tea naturally contains the amino acid L-Theanine, and that’s the game changer. Many people who are sensitive to caffeine prefer to enjoy matcha when they need a little energy boost, and some even use it as a pre-workout!
Antioxidants to the MAX!
We all know antioxidants are good for us- that’s why we’re constantly obsessing over the latest superfood and all it’s antioxidant power! Antioxidants also contribute to the energy boost you can enjoy from drinking matcha. Why are we so obsessed with antioxidants? Free-radicals wreak havoc on our bodies- they react with important cellular components and can destroy cells membranes causing that cell to die off and even cause damage to DNA! The body fights free radicals with, you guessed it, antioxidants! Antioxidants essentially chase down and combat free-radicals before they can cause serious damage. The modern day stress levels make it difficult for our bodies to produce enough antioxidants to combat stress damage, so getting them from our diet is important.
Now- the antioxidants in matcha are a very special kind of antioxidants known as catechins. Catechins are the most potent and beneficial antioxdants. Matcha provides about 5x the amount of antioxidants of regular green tea! Of these catechins, EGCg makes up more than half of the antioxidants available from matcha. EGCg (Epigallocatechin gallate) is most famous for it’s cancer fighting properties among a myriad of other health benefits it can provide.
Enhanced memory and concentration
L-Theanine is an amino acid, and it plays a huge role in the way you experience, and enjoy, the many benefits of matcha. For instance, L-Theanine is the reason you don’t experience any of the negative side effects you normally would with caffeine. It is also known that L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain that induces relaxation without drowsiness. Another effect that L-Theanine has on us… the production of serotonin and dopamine! These two chemicals make us feel good- they enhance our mood, improve our memory, and make it easier to concentrate… amazing!
Healthy Weight Management
It’s common knowledge that drinking green tea is a great way to help boost your metabolism, and it turn make sure your burning more calories throughout the day. Well… it’s the same for matcha, but better because you’re consuming the entire tea leaf! This means all of those increased metabolism benefits you already enjoy from regular steeped green tea are amplified. Matcha can help the body to burn body fat almost four times faster than those who don’t consume it. Matcha is more efficient in boosting the metabolism because caffeine in combination with EGCg is better than either alone. The catch? There is none! You won’t experience any over stimulation, increased heart rate, or high blood pressure.
Detox and Immune Boost
The tea trees are covered in shade for the last three weeks that matcha is grown- this causes a significant increase in chlorophyl production. Chlorophyl is great for us- it supports the body’s production of glutathione int he liver with helps to detox the body. It’s also naturally capable of removing heavy metals, nasty chemicals, and toxins from the body- not to mention it’s what gives matcha that beautiful, vibrant green color. Chlorophyl also helps to maintain the alkalinity of the blood and body tissues, and we all know that keeps our bodies in an alkaline environment is extremely beneficial to our health. Along with the detoxing aspects of matcha you can enjoy an immune system boost! Matcha provides substantial amounts of Vitamins A & C, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium- all important key players in keeping us happy and healthy.
So- now you know a TON of great information on the health benefits of MRM Matcha Superfood Powder! What are you waiting for… enjoy a cup of matcha! Here’s a recipe to make yourself a delicious coconut and matcha latte!