I started drinking Matcha tea daily about a month ago after reading several articles touting it’s effect on Mental focus and it’s ridiculously high amount of antioxidants. I can honestly say that I’ve been pretty impressed and so far the tea seems to live up to it’s hype. After a solid month of drinking a glass of Matcha tea every afternoon, it has solidified itself as part of my daily routine.
Matcha tea is a Japanese tea made up of the entire ground leaf of the tea plant. It is a very fine powder. So fine that if you spill it on your clothes, it is tough to get out (I do this at least a couple times a week). There are quite a few youtube videos on the proper way to make matcha tea…a lot of them focus on traditional ceremonies which honestly is a little much for me. I like drinking the tea but I don’t necessarily need to have a 10 minute ceremony where I’m bowing to the tea gods and whisking vigorously to achieve small bubbles because “large bubbles are considered rude” (that’s a serious quote from a youtube video I watched). I’ve made the tea hot, iced, and have even added it to pre-workout shakes. Though I’ve never done it, I’ve also read that it is good for baking and can be added into recipes for cookies, bread, or any other baked good. I’ve grown to like the taste quite a bit so I’m interested to try it but just haven’t gotten there yet. I can’t say I’m much of a baker.
If you do a little google searching on matcha tea you’ll quickly see that it’s main claim to fame is having 10x the antioxidants as green tea (a tea who is famously high in antioxidants itself) and 70x the antioxidants as orange juice. Drinkers also have reported an increase in mental clarity and focus. I am generally skeptical when a supplement makes this sort of claim but I can honestly say that I found this to be true. I’m not sure it is the extra boost of caffeine or because it is high in vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K but it is something that I feel is noticeable. The best way to describe it is like a calm energy. If I drink a cup of coffee, I get jittery. If I drink a cup of matcha tea, I’m alert, awake, and focused. But not jittery. Maybe this is because of the L-Theanine it contains which studies have shown to reduce stress and anxiety. Whatever the reason it is a welcome boost to each afternoon.
For me it’s most interesting benefit is that it contains large amounts of Epigallocatechin or EGCG. EGCG is a potent antioxidant that has had quite a few interesting studios published about it. EGCG has shown to prevent and treat certain types of gastrointestinal, colon, and other cancers. EGCG has been used to help treat HIV patients and help prevent AIDS-related dementia. It has been shown to reduce iron-accumulation in neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, alzheimer’s, or parkinson’s. It has shown to improve the neurological status of stroke patients (the stroke patients were rats but still). The benefits shown (again, I’ll preface that most of these benefits have only been shown in rats and not humans), are pretty astounding and definitely adds to the mystique of the tea.
If all of this still hasn’t convinced you to try the tea yet, it also is high in fiber and contains virtually no calories. For all the above reasons and I’m sure many more, matcha tea is at least worth a try…at least in my opinion.
If you’d like to try the exact tea that I purchased, you can do so at this link: CCnature Organic Japan Matcha Green Tea Powder 1lb.