4 Benefits Of Matcha Tea That Coffee Can’t Give You
If your mornings cannot possibly start before taking a sip of the heavenly dark nectar, you’re a part of the wide community of proud coffee addicts. However, caffeine may be causing more damage to your body than you’re aware of; increased blood pressure, higher risks of heart attacks, headaches, and problems with sleep deprivation are just some of the consequences of constantly consuming coffee. That’s why it’s advisable to make a break from coffee consumption or a complete switch to a healthier alternative.
Matcha is growing more popular in that sense: it’s a specially grown and processed green tea, with origins in Japanese Buddhist philosophy and a tradition of over 800 years of use. Here’s why you should incorporate it as a substitute drink for coffee and go through a rejuvenating process of detoxification.
1) Rich source of antioxidants
The more antioxidants you consume, the more your body is prepared to fight free-radicals, and it stays protected from diseases. Did you know that one cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea? This is because, with the brewed green tea, the majority of useful antioxidants are left trapped in the leaves. Matcha tea contains EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) that is believed to help with cancer prevention. It also lowers bad cholesterol and presumably plays a role in the age-deferring process.
2) It supports your weight-loss
Struggling with weight? Science-backed data says matcha tea can boost up your metabolism which makes it a lot easier to reach your fitness goals. Matcha improves your physical endurance up to 24%! It can increase your body’s rate for burning calories up to 43%, depending on the amounts you drink, your weight, height, how physically active you are, and your current metabolic state.
If you’re wondering how to prepare matcha tea powder, it’s a really simple three-step process that takes just a couple of minutes. Heat up the water to the boiling point; add a few drops of water to a small amount of matcha powder (2 tbsp) and mix it with a spoon to make a pasta-like structure; add more water and stir for a bit to get a wonderfully evened-out-taste drink. Although it has been noted that consuming coffee before a workout has its own benefits, matcha is far healthier and provides you with the same benefits.
3) It’s a healthy energy booster
No doubt: coffee will give you a rush instantly after you drink it. But it also causes you to crash in the mid-afternoon. As the day goes by, you will experience increased insulin and adrenaline levels which are a direct consequence of the coffee consumption. This is what makes a person easily agitated, causing them to reach for another cup. By drinking matcha you provide your body with a steadier source of energy. Matcha doesn’t cause extreme chemical imbalances, which will leave you feeling relaxed and energized without becoming jittery.
Roughly, one cup of matcha contains around 2g of caffeine, but the combination of its ingredients and the way it’s released is what makes it special. It contains L-theanine, which has a calming effect that neutralizes the usual sudden rush of the caffeine. In addition to blocking stress, this ingredient helps with your memory and focus, having a direct influence on cognitive functioning.
4) Keep the bad breath away
Coffee breath is the worst! Caffeine in coffee tends to dry out your mouth and slow saliva production, which is the main reason for bacteria appearing. With matcha, not only will you avoid the acid feel in your stomach, but that bad breath will go away, too. Matcha tea actually contributes to good dental hygiene, destroying harmful bacteria that attack the plaque. Just like drinking coffee, you should drink a glass of water after you’re done drinking your tea, in order to rinse it out and prevent teeth stains.
Stick with your coffee-detox plan for at least a month and you’ll notice significant changes in your mood and productivity. Go matcha tea!
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