Matcha, its a catchy word hey? But did you know that the power is in the powder?! I type this blog as I sip on my Matcha tea. This has changed my life for the better.
Growing up and working part time at my local Chemist Warehouse, I would dash over to my Zia's cafe and order a weak latte or Mocca off my mum (standard for family run cafes to have the whole clan working, I too had a short stint there). Anyway, what I was finding when I sculled my coffee as I was working away as a cash out chick, was a rapidly pulsating heart, perspiration on my forehead and flickers behind my eyes. That was when I knew I had to quit coffee (thankfully I came to that epiphany well before I was addicted to caffeine). Needless to say coffee did not work for me, in fact I got major anxiety from consumption. So I have since stuck to hot chocolates - before you say it, yes it has caffeine also, but not as much as coffee does (or shall I say, I do not get effected by it).
Fast forward 10 years give or take and that is when I tried the oh so raved about green tea, and I like many of you scrunched up my nose because of its colour. But wow it has been a game changer. Imagine going to your local asian restaurant and sipping on the tea from there, it tastes like that but 1000x better for you. If I have not won you over yet did you know that Matcha Maiden sells an organic range? Thats right! Organic!! They are also Vegan and Gluten & Dairy Free!
For those who do not know much about Matcha it is basically green tea, but rather than turfing the bag with the leaves, they are ground into a powder and dissolve into the water to make a smooth consistency, for a hot beverage.
If you are asking the question why is it good for you, I will educate you now:
Matcha tea is known to be high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects (1)
Approximately 60 to 80% of catechins can be found within the powder, which aside from being an antioxidant also helps reduce the creation of free radicals (responsible for ageing and numerous diseases') within our bodies, inadvertently shielding molecules as well as cells from being damaged. (1)
Further, helping with the therapy of different cancers (2)
The antioxidants found in the powder help benefit heart, arteries, cholesterol and brain health (3)
It helps with weight loss and increases the metabolism (3)
Safeguards the brain, decreasing chances of Alzheimers and Parkinsons (3)
Helps with oral health (3)
The above are only a few benefits to the powder however they certainly did win me over. Many people enjoy having it also in smoothies and foods, however I thoroughly enjoy it as a tea with my collagen and medicinal mushrooms.
They also sell Light My Fire and Fly Me To The Immune, which contain ingredients like Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Peppermint and Cinnamon, just to name a few. You can read about the amazing benefits of some of these ingredients soon on the blog (watch this space).
You can make a purchase here.
Obviously everyone's circumstances are different so matcha may not be suitable for you, so consult your GP if you have any concerns.
Research information found at the following website:
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