For me, with tea comes memories.
Who doesn’t like a nice relaxing cup of tea? Whenever I went to my grandmother’s house, after a kiss and a hug from her, the first thing she would ask is “would you like a cup of tea”. My answer was always yes. And she would then proceed to ask me what kind as she sounded off all the types she had. I would pick one and we would settle in for a conversation over a nice cup of tea.
I still like tea today, only now I drink it not only for the flavor but also for the benefits. Which brings me to the subject of Matcha Green Tea. Matcha comes from the leaves of the Japanese plant Camellia Sinensis, which are finely ground to a powder.
Matcha is higher in antioxidants than blueberries, leafy greens, and walnuts. One cup of Matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea. And the benefits don’t stop there. Matcha detoxes your body, boosts your immune system, lowers blood sugar, lowers the risk of heart disease, helps prevent type 2 diabetes, has shown to reduce skin aging, increases daily focus and increases energy, aids in fighting cancer and promotes weight loss by boosting fat metabolism.
Matcha green tea helps you lose weight.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking Matcha tea can increase what is called Thermogenesis, which is your bodies rate of burning calories to produce heat. The study showed an increase of up to 33% of thermogenesis when drinking matcha tea. That increase helps you to lose weight. Studies have also shown that Catechins contained in Matcha inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine in Matcha reduces stress and improves performance at the same time.
There are many benefits to drinking Matcha. It is also important to recognize that due to the caffeine content in Matcha, it is wise to limit consumption to one or two cups a day. Some people may be able to tolerate more but should not go over 5 cups a day. Doing so may lead to a headache, insomnia, irritability, heartburn, and diarrhea. Drinking in moderation is always best.
I recommend starting out with a less expensive type of Matcha green tea like Celestial Seasonings Organic Matcha, to try it out and make sure you like it. This kind is in tea bag form. Once you decide you like it I suggest moving on to the powder type which can be used in baking as well. Matcha green tea is available at Sprouts, Trader Joes, Whole Foods and on Amazon. Enjoy!