Matcha tea is not your typical tea. There are no loose tea leaves or tea bags involved. Instead, matcha is made from finely ground tea that looks like it is bright green when added to water or milk. The reason matcha tea is so bright is that the tea leaves that are grown in the shade have much higher levels of chlorophyll then your everyday black tea or white teas. But this high chlorophyll level which gives it that bright green appearance actually contains many health benefits making it one of the teas that is chock full of good things. These are just some of the benefits you get from having a daily matcha tea latte.
Goji berries and acai are well-known antioxidants but they do not possess even a tenth of the antioxidants that matcha tea does. Antioxidants essentially help to keep the body healthy and free of chronic illness along with fighting the signs of aging. This makes matcha tea one of the best ‘superfoods’ out there. There is a very specific antioxidant called green tea catechins. These catechins which are only found in green tea are designed to fight things like pollutants, UV rays, and other chemicals that contribute to the breakdown of DNA and lead to illness.
Matcha also works as a metabolism booster. It does this by increasing a process in the body called thermogenesis which essentially means burning calories. Simply having one cup of matcha a day has been shown to help burn up to 35% more calories than just a regular diet without the addition of matcha. When combined with some daily exercise then this rate would obviously increase as well.
Clarity Of Mind
With matcha being the tea of choice in tea ceremonies in Japan and in China it was quickly incorporated into the practice of meditation. Matcha itself is caffeine free but monks who had to sit and meditate for long periods of time found that sipping it kept them alert and able to continue their practice. Perhaps this is due to the increase in thermogenesis. One thing is for sure though if you are looking for a healthy way to boost your metabolism and want to give your head a good clearing than matcha tea might just be right up your alley. Next time someone asks you if you want a matcha tea latte, say yes!