What is Matcha Green Tea?
Have you been looking for the next “healthy” beverage? Then you should try Matcha; it is a form of green tea that is getting a lot of attention lately. My own family has gone a little bonkers over this new hot-ticket beverage right now!
When you drink a cup of Matcha, you are drinking finely powdered, concentrated green tea. Green tea has been used in Japanese ceremonies for centuries. With this tea you get up to 5 times as much L-theanine that green tea contains. L-theanine, combined with caffeine has an interesting “alert calming” effect. If you don’t do very well with caffeine, limit drinking Matcha within 6 hours of your bedtime. It may give you a more of a calm, alert “buzz” that will feel more balanced than with regular caffeine. But, take precaution if you wish to sleep well!
Just like green tea, it has a whole host of health benefits.
Possible Health Benefits of Matcha
- May reduce the risk for heart disease
- Improves immune system functioning
- Promotes improved blood flow
- Lowers cholesterol
- May help inhibit cancer cell growth
- Supports reversal of cellular damage
- Aids in boosting your metabolism
- May support reversal of type II diabetes
Be sure to purchase powdered Matcha green tea with only the ingredient, Matcha. Look for Japanese Matcha as you will get a more pure form of tea than if you get a Chinese Matcha, which may contain more pesticides. You will spend more with Japanese Matcha, but the quality will be better and the standards for pesticide use are more controlled in Japan.
Matcha gets its strength from the polyphenols present, which is found in many superfoods such as fruits and vegetables. It is also rich in chlorophyll which will help with detoxing your body, as regular green tea does.
Possible Side Effects of Matcha Green Tea
I found that it was easier for me to send you to WebMD to read any side effects if you would like. It is a great outside resource for you to read more about the benefits and side effects of green tea. Click here for the WebMD article.