Sipping your freshly whisked matcha tea isn’t just delicious and meditative—it’s also great for your health and wellbeing.
A single serving of matcha is packed with antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll, just the right amount of caffeine, and plenty of nutrients.
Read on to discover how the good stuff in matcha translates into wonderful wellness benefits.
100% of the Tea Leaf
One under-appreciated aspect that sets organic matcha apart from other teas is how it’s prepared and ingested. When you drink matcha, you’re consuming 100% of the leaf: the whole tea leaf is stone ground into vivid green powder.
Instead of steeping the tea in water and removing the leaves—which can leave up to 90% of the nutrients unconsumed—matcha powder is completely mixed into the water, so you get the full benefits of matcha tea leaf. Drink up!
Antioxidant Awesomeness & The Power of EGCg
Antioxidants are vital molecules that help reduce dangerous free radicals that can damage your cells. Matcha is absolutely brimming with antioxidants. Just see how it stacks up with other superfoods.
Not all antioxidants are created equal, either. Matcha is rich in one of the most important antioxidants: EGCg, or epigallocatechin gallate—what a mouthful! Some scientists believe EGCg may be able to kill cancer cells and improve your metabolism.
A study published in the Journal of Chromatography found that matcha tea has approximately 137 times the EGCg than the average green tea on the market. Imagine how many cups of weak tea you’d have to drink!
Calm Concentration (Without the Jitters)
Another health benefit of organic matcha tea is the low amount of caffeine compared to other teas and coffees. While matcha contains slightly less than half the caffeine of caffeine, it’s rich in L-theanine, an amino acid with some amazing effects.
Recent studies have shown that concentrations of L-theanine substantially increase alpha brain waves which is associated with increased creativeness, stress and anxiety management, and overall improved learning and concentration.
The L-theanine contained in organic matcha tea is also known to tame the stimulation effects of caffeine by decreasing the level of serotonin levels that caffeine artificially elevates. This means matcha drinkers get increased focus and alertness for longer periods—without the common side effects associated with caffeine.
Instead of jitters, you get a clean, calm, and relaxed sense of concentration. Sounds perfect for meditation!