Matcha is a type of green tea that uses the entire tea leaf, instead of just steeping water in the leaves. It’s made by mixing hot water with the matcha powder to create any number of matcha drink, from a traditional matcha tea, to a matcha latte, or iced matcha tea. Although matcha is becoming a popular drink, there are still a lot of facts about the delicious green tea that a lot of people don’t know.
As mentioned before, matcha is made from the entire tea leaf. Because matcha powder contains the entire tea leaf, it’s much stronger than a traditional brewed tea. With a traditional tea, you remove the leaves from the water, leaving a good flavor, but not nearly as many antioxidants.
- Matcha contains caffeine and improves mental focus, without the coffee jitters
One reason a lot of people drink coffee is because of the high caffeine content, to give them energy and focus. But you can very easily drink too much, which results in jitters, headaches, and sometimes nausea. Matcha actually contains more caffeine than coffee, but because of the L-Theanine, it doesn’t make your body react negatively. L-Theanine calms your mind and body without causing drowsiness, which means you won’t experience a caffeine crash.
- Matcha can help get rid of bad breath
Matcha contains chlorophyll, which detoxifies your liver, blood, and digestive tracts. When you have a clean gut, it gets rid of bad breath and body odor.
- Matcha can slow down aging
Green tea leaves have high levels of an antioxidant called catechin, which prevents free radicals from destroying skin cells. This can prevent skin aging. Drinking just one cup isn’t going to do anything to help your skin, but if you regularly drink a few cups a week, it’s possible that you’ll start reaping the benefits, and your skin will thank you.
- Matcha can lower your blood pressure
The catechins in matcha green tea leaves create angiotensin. This allows less contraction of blood vessels and an overall lower blood pressure. There are a lot of health benefits to not having high blood pressure, including a lower risk of stroke and heart disease.
- Matcha stabilizes your blood sugar levels
Matcha green tea can slow down, or prevent, unnecessary insulin level spikes, due to the dietary fiber contained within the tea.