This article is dedicated to my love for Matcha. You might think it’s vibrant colour and incredible taste could be the cause of my obsession but truly it is the superfood’s benefits that justify the consumption.
Matcha is essentially a finely ground and brightly coloured tea leaves powder. However, in comparison to other green teas, Matcha undergoes a different process which causes it to have a much higher concentration of antioxidants (EGCG). In addition, Matcha contains L-theanine which is an energy stimulating compound. Since Matcha contains caffeine, it can be compared to coffee but in return, it has a slightly different and healthier influence on the body. Anyhow, no matter how strong the benefits of Matcha are, the best thing is that Matcha does no harm. So, even the slightest contribution to our health turns the green tea powder into a delicious superfood to consume.
- Improves Mood & Boosts Energy. Matcha contains L-theanine which is an amino acid that helps the body to relax. Hence, even though the green tea powder is also high in caffeine, it gives one energy without the dreaded energy crash. This magical combination also aids concentration, focus, and memory.
- Enhances Bodily Function. Studies involving medium intensity training found out that Matcha can potentially increase the energy metabolism. This can result in improved endurance. Therefore, it could possibly aid to increase ones overall level of fitness.
- Detoxifies. Recently published studies show that the antioxidants contained in Matcha not only could lower blood sugar levels but also potentially delay the build-up of toxins.
- Reduces Inflammation. The antioxidants (EGCG) contained in Matcha also have the benefit of decreasing inflammation in the body. They rather contribute to the healing processes going on in our system.
- Improves Sleep. L-theanine is not only said to have a calming effect on the body but also is able to enhance our sleep cycles. This contributes to feeling well rested after a good night’s sleep.
- Potentially Fights Cancer. Matcha is extremely high in antioxidants, especially in catechins (EGCG). The latter is known for its cancer-fighting properties. Surely, the studies on that matter have only scratched the surface of this subject. Nonetheless, it seems to be an interesting field to dive into.
In the end, you might ask yourself how to consume Matcha. Well, let me tell you, you could either drink Matcha Lattes, create porridges, overnight oats and smoothies, containing the superfood powder. Or why not create this delicious Matcha raw cake? The recipe is by Krautkopf. I’ve found it in their delicious cookbook app. Obviously, I will link it for you here to recreate. Let me just say, the raw cake tastes incredibly delicious. Seriously, my whole family loved it.
(Sources: Determination of catechins)