What is Matcha, and is it the Drink for you?

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Matcha tea gained popularity a couple of years ago. But, its still relevant as people have become much more health conscious. Everyone wants a trim waistline, a sane mind, and a robust immunity. Perhaps matcha tea can help you in a myriad of ways.

Unlike other green tea plants, matcha bushes are covered before harvest so that sun rays won’t fall on the leaves. Lack of sunlight increases chlorophyll in the leaves and turns them much darker in colour, resulting in increased amino acids in the leaves. Are you wondering what Matcha tastes like? Well, it has a grassy and slightly sweet taste along with a blend of bitter flavours. That is why sugar or any other sweetener is added to it before consuming to give a better taste.

What is Matcha? 

Everyone knows that green tea comes in leaf form. You can dip the tea bags or let the leaves simmer in boiling water. Well, Matcha makes good use of the whole leaf and comes in powdered form.

You can mix it in water and drink it. The powder gets dissolved in water. How do you identify it? Usually, matcha tea powdered form looks green in color.

Who should drink Matcha?

Studies say that green tea has many health benefits, like preventing one from getting heart diseases and diabetes. If one is allergic to caffeine, then one shouldn’t consume Matcha as it contains more caffeine than other green teas. Though Matcha has been a part of traditional tea ceremonies in Japan, nowadays, we can see it in different kinds of drinks and desserts in the United States. It means people have been consuming Matcha for quite some time now for its health benefits.

Calms down and relaxes one’s mind:

Matcha contains a good percentage of L-theanine, which is an amino acid. Supposedly, foods containing L-theanine make a person relaxed. Studies also say that consumption of L-theanine improves cognition and also attention levels among males. It is also known that various compounds that a matcha leaf consists of can improve a person’s mood and behavior by reducing stress levels. Matcha tea also relaxes and calms a person apart from improving performance and energy levels, especially when multitasking.

Prevents Cancer Growth:

Though it is too early to say that the components of matcha tea leaves have the qualities of preventing cancer growth, there are suggestions that EGCg in green tea can do that. It is also said that consuming green tea in high quantities can also prevent the growth and development of bladder cancer as these EGCg may help in preventing DNA damage. EGCg is also known for helping in gaining weight loss.

Lowers risk of heart diseases and diabetes:

Though there is no study made on matcha tea, studies suggest that high consumption of green tea can potentially lower the risk of getting heart diseases. It reduces risk factors such as high cholesterol levels.

Some trials say that consuming green tea plays an essential role in body weight and systolic pressure, thus significantly reducing type 2 diabetes.

Nutritional Benefits:

Studies also say that green tea has nutritional benefits owing to the high concentration of a plant compound called polyphenols present in green tea leaves. In Matcha, you can find vitamin A, B complex, vitamin C, Vitamin E, and some minerals.

Matcha is also said to be suitable for bodybuilders who work out for hours together, which can be very stressful due to the intensity with which they do the workout. Antioxidants in Matcha can relieve one from this stress.

People who rely on green tea for weight loss should seriously think about considering matcha. Matcha is most certainly much more powerful than regular green tea.

Experts at Tenzo tea believe that there are no known side effects to matcha tea consumption, but excessive consumption of matcha tea can cause stomach upset. If you are suffering from any disease, it is best to consult a doctor and then decide the number of cups you wish to drink.

Knowing all these benefits, we can say that it is safe and beneficial to consume Matcha without hesitation.

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