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Health Benefits

Matcha is the ultimate super food containing a potent mix of antioxidants, amino acids and catechins that provide tremendous health benefits:


Packed with Antioxidants

Antioxidants provide protection from the harmful activity of 'free radicals' in our bodies, which are molecules produced when the body breaks down food or is exposed to pollution, excessive sun or cigarette smoke.  It can cause aging, tissue damage, inflammation as well as cancer and heart disease.

Matcha is a powerhouse of antioxidants, rivaling other super foods, such as blueberries, pomegranate and dark chocolate.  Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) measures antioxidant levels in food and the antioxidant levels present in matcha is 1573 per gram, which is 17 times the antioxidants of blueberries.


Sustained Energy & Focus

Matcha contains a large number of important amino acids, such as L-theanine.  Studies have shown L-theanine stimulates alpha wave brain activity, increases focus and enhances the production of dopamine and serotonin in our bodies. This promotes a simultaneous state of heightened concentration and calmness.

L-theanine also enables the body to slowly absorb the natural caffeine in matcha, resulting in a 3 to 6 hour period of energy and focus without the crash or jitters associated with coffee.


Combats Stress & Anxiety

Although there is caffeine in matcha, there isn't enough caffeine to stimulate production of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can cause rapid heart beat and stimulate the same physical symptoms as anxiety and stress.

The high amounts of L-theanine present in matcha increases the production of dopamine and serotonin when absorbed into the bloodstream. The result are feelings of relaxation and calmness.


Supports Metabolism & Weight Loss

Matcha is full of catechins, which is an antioxidant that helps fight bacteria and infections. One specific catechin in matcha is especially known to boost metabolism is called the EGCG catechin. 

The concentration of EGCG in matcha is 137 times greater than your average green tea. Caffeine is known to have a synergistic effect with the catechins in matcha to further increase metabolism. Matcha contains approximately 34mg of caffeine per 1 gram, which is less than a cup of coffee that can have 80 to 100mg of caffeine. So there isn't enough caffeine to promote production and excretion of cortisol, which is the body's stress and fat storage hormone.

Key studies have found that matcha rich in catechins increases thermogenesis that promotes fat oxidation and increases resting metabolic rate, helping the body burn more fat. Matcha has proven to help the body burn 25% more fat when consumed before a workout.

 

References:
ORAC levels: Brunswick Laboratories.
"Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 70, Issue 6, 1 December 1999.
"Ingestion of a tea rich in catechins leads to a reduction in body fat and malondialdehyde-modified LDL in men", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 81, Issue 1, 1 January 2005.