Looking for a simple way to improve your energy and overall health? Just one cup a day of matcha green tea could be the answer.
Matcha is becoming increasingly well known in the western world for its incredible health benefits.
Matcha is a type of green tea. It is the whole tea leaf which has been ground into a powder. This tea is equal to 10 cups of standard green tea bags in terms of antioxidants - because with matcha, you ingest the whole tea leaf compared to just the brewed water. To drink matcha, you simply dissolve ½ a teaspoon into hot water which forms a delicious green tea.
The antioxidants in matcha help to increase energy, boost weight-loss and prevent disease.
Read on for the top five reasons you should be drinking matcha green tea for your health from our guest contributor Erin Young who is the founder of Zen Green Matcha Tea - a premium Australian matcha brand we stock in our store.
- Matcha Increases Energy
Your energy level is so important because it underpins everything you do in life. If you are not energized you will not have the ability to achieve your goals or be your best self.
Matcha green tea is a great source of sustainable long-lasting energy. Just one cup of matcha will boost your energy for 6-8 hours while also increasing your focus, memory and concentration. (1)
Why? Matcha contains a small amount of caffeine and the largest concentration of amino acid L-theanine. Together these substances will stimulate alertness and enhance the Alpha waves in the brain promoting deep concentration.(2)
- Matcha Helps with Weight-Loss
Maintaining a healthy weight can be hard with all the unhealthy food and drink choices available. It’s important to maximise the ability for your body to burn fat and metabolize food.
Matcha is not only a zero calorie, no-chemical and sugar-free healthy drink option but it also helps you lose weight by naturally boosting metabolism.
Research studies show that matcha helps raise the body’s ability to burn fat by up to 45%. Matcha also helps regulate the hormone Leptin which makes you feel full and keeps hunger at bay. Additionally, the amino acids in matcha help prevent all the fat from your diet being absorbed in the body. And it’s stress- busting properties help reduce stubborn midsection fat. (3)
A daily cup of matcha can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
- Matcha has Disease Fighting Antioxidants
Just one serving of matcha tea delivers half your daily antioxidant needs. Matcha has the highest antioxidant score of any naturally occurring product. It has 10 X the antioxidants of normal green tea leaves.
Antioxidants are produced by the body and absorbed from our diet. They are an important defence mechanism against disease. They remove harmful agents that are produced in our body through our everyday exposure to chemicals and toxins. Matcha has a particularly powerful antioxidant called EGCg. This antioxidant is known to help prevent the cell DNA damage that cause cells to rapidly multiply which can lead to cancer forming and spreading.(4)
Drinking matcha can help your body stay healthy and can change the odds when it comes to diseases.
- Matcha Supports the Immune System & Reduces Inflammation
Matcha tea is a huge support to your body’s immune system and can help reduce inflammation.
The antioxidants in matcha increase your body’s production of T-Cells which fight pathogens and reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body.(5)
Furthermore, matcha green tea contains high levels of both flavonoids and antioxidants which form a powerful antibacterial defence force. The flavonoids eliminate bad breath, kill off bacteria from viruses/infections and can soothe a sore throat. (6)
Stay healthy throughout the year and fight away the common colds with a daily cup of matcha.
- Matcha Helps Prevent Heart Disease
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death globally. While this is concerning, the good news is that heart disease is preventable.
One thing everyone can do is to manage their cholesterol levels. Research studies have shown that drinking green tea daily has a positive impact on lowering bad cholesterol while keeping good cholesterol untouched. And as one cup of matcha green tea is the equivalent to 10 cups of standard green tea in terms of antioxidants, an easy way to manage cholesterol levels is by drinking just one matcha a day.(7)
Green tea has also been linked to helping treat high blood pressure as it inhibits the chemical ACE being secreted from the kidneys. This chemical is one of the main causes of high blood pressure. (8, 9)
Swapping one drink a day to matcha can help protect your heart and health.
If you're looking to protect your health, then make a simple swap and start drinking matcha green tea. It is important to buy high quality matcha so that you receive the full health benefits. High quality matcha is from Japan, is premium grade or higher and is usually a deep, vibrant green and non-bitter in flavour. We stock Zen Green Tea, a premium matcha with the full health benefits.
Energizing No-Bake Pistachio & Matcha Green Tea Bliss Balls
These bliss balls from our friends at Zen Green Tea are perfect to brighten up your day! They have a vibrant green colour and are packed full of energy and health benefits.
Matcha green tea powder is known for its antioxidants which boost metabolism, and raise energy levels. Just half a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder contains 137 times more antioxidants than a cup of standard green tea.
Matcha helps the body release energy slowly, so a little bit of matcha can help you feel energized for longer.
These delicious matcha bliss balls should give you that little pick-me-up - and boost your antioxidants, too!
Makes 20 Balls
- 1 teaspoon Zen Green Matcha Tea powder
- 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
- 2 x 20ml tablespoons almond meal
- 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 2 x 20ml tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 x 20ml tablespoons rice malt syrup
- 2 x 20ml tablespoons water
- 1 x 20ml tablespoon extra-virgin coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts, chopped
- Mix together the cashew nuts, almond meal, desiccated coconut, coconut flour and matcha in a food processor, until it reaches fine crumbs.
- Pour in the water, rice malt syrup and coconut oil, and mix well. It should be sticky enough to hold together, and be able to form the balls. If the mixture is too sticky, you can add a little bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry, add a few drops of water.
- Roll the mixture into around 20 balls, and then roll them in the chopped pistachio nuts, to give them a firm coating. Pop the balls in the fridge to set, and store in an airtight container.
Erin Young is a tea expert and the founder of her premium tea brand Zen Green Tea Matcha. Erin sources her matcha from Kyoto in Japan and Zen Green Tea is known for its high quality, vibrant matcha that contains the full health benefits.