Matcha has got it all. It creates focus, energy, concentration and curbs the appetite in a healthy way. Learn more about Matcha and how to get the best Matcha to improve your health and performance.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is green tea. The leaves come from the same plant, except, they are grown and prepared differently. What makes green tea matcha is the leaves are grown in the shade and then grounded into a powder. Growing Matcha in the shade helps it maintain a highly concentrated amount of chlorophyll and the reason it is bright green. Also, being bright green means matcha is loaded with antioxidants and minerals. Matcha is especially high in the antioxidant called catechins. It also contains a good amount of caffeine and amino acids as well.
The quality of Matcha should be vibrant or bright green like the first spoon top left. The vibrant green is called ceremonial Matcha and is the best quality you can buy. Ceremonial Matcha is used in very important Japanese ceremonies. Less fresh, lower grade, or bad Matcha will be a dull green without the brightness and almost greenish-yellow like the second and third spoon. Color is essential when choosing Matcha. Also, the consistency of Matcha will be in an excellent powder form, similar to baby powder. If there are little grounded pieces inside, it is not a good grade of Matcha.
Matcha Health Benefits
Matcha is great to drink for your overall health but, also has a few other secret benefits. For instance:
- Matcha is very effective at enhancing your energy. It is not going to hype you up like a dog running in circles chasing his tail. It is more about how energy integrates focus at the same time.
- Matcha really will curb your appetite. Matcha is excellent at stabilizing blood sugar and not feeling the effects of hunger. This can help you lose weight.
- On the preventative side, Matcha prevents oxidative damage, reduces inflammation, and detoxifies your body and liver.
- On another level, it reduces stress, creates high focus, and enhanced concentration.
Matcha vs. Green Tea
Matcha is so much better than green tea. When making green tea, you boil water, only soak the tea leaves for a few minutes, and then remove them. With Matcha, you use warm water and dissolve the powder in the warm water and drink it. When you consume the powder, you are significantly increasing the effect.
3oz. of Matcha vs. 8oz. of Green Tea
- Catechins- Matcha- 240mg Green Tea- 185mg
- L-Theanine- Matcha- 37mg Green Tea– 8mg
- Protein- Matcha- 575mg Green Tea– 2mg
- Caffeine- Matcha- 70mg Green Tea– 32mg
Just 3oz. of Matcha has significantly higher benefits than 8oz. of green tea.
Catechins are antioxidants. The purpose of antioxidants is to prevent and neutralize free radicles. Matcha is very high in EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), which is a catechin. Catechins are the most powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Matcha studies show that it can prevent cancer because of the high level of EGCG. Also, because Matcha acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, it is great to treat and prevent arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes.
L-Theanine is one of the biggest differences when it comes to Matcha and green tea and has a very high concentration of it. L-Theanine promotes the release of serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. These are all relaxing and calming neurotransmitters, the reason Matcha is great to induce relaxation, decrease stress, and reduce anxiety.
L-Theanine does not make you sleepy, it produces concentration, focus, and mental alertness. It is also great to make you more mentally aware and helps with learning and memory issues. Matcha overall will make you feel good.
The caffeine in Matcha is high. However, it is released at a very steady and slower rate over time of about up to 6-8 hours. Therefore, it won’t spike your caffeine levels like coffee does to the point you feel shaky and your blood sugar crashes.
Matcha provides a sustained energy boost that you feel. The combination of caffeine and L-Theanine makes you feel energized, focused, and calm at the same time. For me, it improves all of the aforementioned, plus feeling good and boosting my creativity. You can really use the energy any way you want. Working at your computer, to be creative, or to hit the gym or practice. Your body will respond accordingly.
Matcha does not have the greatest taste. It tastes like green tea but duller, and you really don’t want to add sugar to this powerful drink. However, the quantity you will prepare and drink is only a small amount of about 5oz. And, if you don’t like the taste, the good news is, you can also use it in a smoothie, which is very popular today.
I have experienced all of the above from Matcha; curbing the appetite, the energy, focus, calmness, relaxation, and the enhanced energy for training. Drinking lower grades or poor color matcha will make you feel nausea. It is one reason to stay away from drinking the lower-grades. This will automatically make you feel BLAH.
To understand more about how to choose, prepare, and drink Matcha. Watch this video.
How To Buy And Make Matcha