HealthUnlocking the secrets of Matcha: From boosting brain function to outdoing green tea in antioxidants

Unlocking the secrets of Matcha: From boosting brain function to outdoing green tea in antioxidants

Matcha is the source of longevity.
Matcha is the source of longevity.
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12:14 PM EST, January 15, 2024

Matcha is created from dried and powdered tea leaves that grow under very specific conditions. This green powder supplies significant amounts of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iron.

Furthermore, matcha contains more antioxidants than most common products. It's notably rich in catechins, especially EGCG, known for their strong antioxidant, anti-cancer, and metabolism-boosting effects.

It's worth noting that matcha contains up to 137 times more antioxidants than traditional green tea, which aids in combating aging and prolonging life.

Regular consumption of matcha supports brain function and assists in maintaining heart health while reducing bad cholesterol levels.

The Perfect Coffee Alternative

For those seeking a caffeine alternative, matcha is an outstanding choice. It has a stimulating effect due to its caffeine content; however, its impact on the body is more gradual and persistent compared to coffee.

Matcha's content of L-theanine, an amino acid, enhances the activity of alpha brain waves, resulting in improved concentration, memory, and learning capabilities. It also offers relaxing and stress-reducing effects.

These benefits combined make it an ideal choice for individuals involved in mental work.

How to Make Matcha?

When buying matcha, you should consider a few factors: it should be organic, properly stored (in a dark place), and possess an intense green color.

You should also consider the country of origin — the best quality matcha still hails from Japan.

Making matcha tea at home is incredibly simple.

All you need to do is mix half a teaspoon of the powder with a small amount of warm water (158-176 degrees Fahrenheit) and stir thoroughly. Once it reaches a paste-like consistency, add about 0.84 cups of warm water and stir again. It pairs perfectly with plant-based milk and honey.

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