Whether you’re mad about matcha, or yet to even try it, you can’t escape this cult wellness ingredient – it’s *everywhere*. But how much do know about the green stuff? Here’s 10 facts about matcha and why you need it in your life.
#1 Way back when
It’s totally not a new thing. Matcha is the powered green tea that’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Japanese ceremonies.
#2 Oh-so potent
Regular green tea is made by brewing tea leaves with hot water. With matcha, the leaves are ground down to a fine powder, making it a much more potent drink.
#3 The art of matcha
Traditionally matcha tea is made using a chasen – or bamboo whisk. The powder is mixed with hot water and whisked up to create that lush-looking frothy yet creamy consistency.
#4 Drink the goodness
Because you’re drinking the whole leaves, matcha tea offers X3 more than antioxidants than regular green tea.
#5 Brain boosting
Matcha can make you smarter. Fact. It’s is a rich source of L-theanine, the amino acid that boosts brain power and learning skills.
#6 Get your fix
You don’t just have to drink the stuff. You can get your matcha fix via a brownie…loaf of matcha bread…even matcha flavoured ice cream is a thing. Whatever floats your boat.
#7 Healthy high
It still contains caffeine. If you’re a fan the hard stuff, you’ll be happy to know that matcha will make you feel alert but without the jangly high you can get from coffee. Matcha’s phytonutrients slows the body’s absorption of caffeine to save you from the spike and crash.
#8 Packs a punch
Matcha contains the super powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that’s linked to fighting heart disease, cancer and other viruses.
#9 Getting balance
Research shows that the properties found in Matcha can regulate blood sugar levels. A Japanese study revealed that people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.
You can make matcha part of your beauty routine. Oh yes. Japanese women have long loved their matcha facials to prevent ageing – the powerful antioxidant in this potent green tea can remove harmful toxins and fight free radicals that damage cells.
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