Guest Author - Aimee Wood
Need something to jumpstart your day with extra health benefits? Ready to ditch the morning coffee routine? Try some matcha green tea and discover the benefits. Known as a metabolism booster, detoxifier, mood enhancer, and energizer, among other things, this may be the next best addition to your healthy diet.
First of all, it is worth noting, that all tea comes from the same plant, the camellia sinensis plant. The different teas are made by the way they are harvested and processed. Matcha green tea is a high quality green tea that is covered before picking. Once it is picked the whole leaves are stone ground into a powder. It is then that the powder is stored away from light and oxygen. Generally, when one drinks tea, it is the leaves they are consuming. With matcha green tea, it is the powder they are consuming.
Why matcha green tea?
Matcha green tea is filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants are rich in raw foods and green veggies. They are the components that prevent aging and chronic diseases. The ORAC unit (oxygen radical absorbence capacity) of matcha green tea has been tested to be about 1300 units, which is phenomenal. The tea has another cancer fighting component, and that is a high EGCG score. EGCG is epigallocatechin gallate. Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse.
Looking to boost your metabolism? Matcha green tea has been known to help people lose weight. It is thought to bind with fat cells to not allow them into the body. Instead the fat passes through the body.
Zen Buddhists use matcha green tea to calm the mind before meditation. The tea contains l-theanine which induces a calm state. The increased leaves of l-theanine also increase the dopamine and serotonin levels, enhancing the mood.
This tea is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains potassium, iron, protein, and calcium. These vitamins boost the immune system.
Matcha green tea is made by putting a teaspoon or so of powder into a ceramic bowl and mixing it with a little cold water. Mix it so it turns into a paste. Then add 1/3 cup of hot water and using a bamboo whisk, whisk for about 15 seconds until froth forms. Enjoy this elixir!
Ditch the coffee and turn your mornings over to this powerhouse drink. What other beverage can boost your energy while also increasing your antioxidant levels, boosting your metabolism, and calming your mind?