Rethink your morning cup of joe!
Matcha is a delicious beverage that has been around for quite some time but has hit the health and wellness sphere in full force lately, with matcha lattes, matcha-infused foods, and even big chains such as Dunkin’ Donuts carrying it! So, what makes matcha so irresistible that people are swapping it for their routine cup of coffee?
At Nature’s Cure-All, we carry premium grade, organic matcha ready to be brewed and enjoyed today! Join us in today’s post as we explore the many reasons you should be adding matcha to your list of beverages to try!
All About Matcha
Matcha is derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, and while yes all other teas are derived from this one single variety, it’s how matcha is grown that makes it distinct.
The tea plants are grown and covered from sunlight 20-30 days before harvest, which enhances the chlorophyll and amino acid production. Once harvested, the stems and veins are removed and it is ground into an ultra-fine powder we know and recognize as matcha.
The Difference Between Matcha and Green Tea
All green teas are not created equal — matcha is green tea, but not all green teas are matcha. The biggest difference between matcha and green tea is that with green tea you are steeping the tea leaves, whereas in matcha you’re actually drinking them for a less processed, higher concentrated tea.
3 Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is high in antioxidants which our bodies need to support oxidative stress we receive from our diets, environment, and lifestyle choices. Free radicals roam our bodies and it’s the antioxidants that help clear them by warding off damage to cells that cause chronic disease and inflammation.
Matcha is high in a specific antioxidant class called catechins that support brain and heart health and even promotes fresh breath!
Matcha is rich in an amino acid called L-theanine which helps provide people with an alert calm, thanks to an enhanced amount of alpha brain waves.
When would you want an alert calm? This may sound a little bit strange because oftentimes people will take things to help relax them for sleep, but why would you need to be calm and alert? A great scenario is for giving an important presentation or for a job interview — you don’t want to be relaxed and tired, you want to be alert yet relaxed!
L-theanine is also known for promoting healthy levels of dopamine and GABA which can help with bouts of stress and anxiety. Because of the manner in which matcha tea is processed, it can contain up to five times the amount of L-theanine when compared to green tea.
Blood Sugar Support
If you’re managing type I or II diabetes, matcha is a great beverage to add. One of the best ways to control diabetes is through diet and lifestyle changes, to which matcha can be especially beneficial.
Research has pointed to matcha decreasing blood sugar levels and supporting healthy insulin levels with long-term use.
There are so many reasons to love matcha — you can add it to your favorite milk for a latte for a delicious morning beverage and it’s high in antioxidants, amino acids, and may even play a role in healthy blood sugar levels.
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