Pffft, food trends… am I right? From Atkins to Paleo and even breast milk ice cream (I kid you not) we’ve seen it all. So now that celebrities are Instagramming it and everyone is making green matcha everything, can we relegate matcha tea powder to the ranks of just another silly food fad?
I’ll admit to having fallen foul of a food fad or two in my time. I passed out at a music concert after an Atkins diet spree, I had a fairly disastrous digestive mishap after an ‘apple diet’ to name a few. It’s understandable then that I would be sceptical of things that promise miracles.
And that’s exactly what matcha tea does—it’s touted as a weight-loss tea, as a way to improve concentration, as a relaxant for the body, as a way to help maintain blood sugar levels, as a way to maintain heart health and as having chemo-preventative properties that help fight cancer.
Sound too good to be true? I thought so too, but matcha tea has the scientific backing of years of research. I’ve been drinking matcha tea every day for over a month now, and I must admit that, despite my initial scepticism, it’s now become an essential part of my day that I really look forward to.
It’s estimated that you lose around 90 per cent of the benefits of other herbal teas because you strain the leaves. Matcha is a concentrated, powdered green tea so you consume the actual leaves and get far greater health benefits. That’s why matcha’s got 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
Diabetes sufferers benefit from drinking matcha tea as it helps maintain a healthy metabolism and studies show it inhibits renal and hepatic damage.
Antioxidants like polyphenols EGCg, and L-theanine found in matcha tea boost the immune system and help to combat bacterial, viral and fungal infections as well as gastrointestinal disorders.
The EGCg in matcha tea his what makes for healthy hearts by keeping cholesterol levels low and naturally lowering blood pressure. Its chemo-preventative properties help prevent the proliferation of cancer cells in bladder and colorectal cancers.
So, apart from its wealth of health benefits, matcha also makes you feel calmer and increases your concentration (take that, coffee!) But it has a cherry on the top; studies show that it increases metabolism so it helps you keep a healthy weight.
Get your own supply of Matcha Zen Tea today and try it out for yourself. It tastes great and it will help you to have a calmer, healthier and more productive day!