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What happens to your body when you drink matcha?

October 18, 2017

 

We often hear about the health benefits of different foods, but it can be hard to distinguish what will actually have an impact on how we feel. With matcha, you can be guaranteed that you'll notice the difference. It has become seriously popular for a reason. It really works!

 

Historically, matcha has been used in ancient Chinese and Japanese traditions for over 4,000 years. Although during most of this time they didn't have the same access to science and nutrition as we have today, they could see and feel the benefits in a way that ensured matcha was repeatedly passed down the generations as a go-to source of health improvements.

 

With advances in understanding, we now know why it is so great. So, here's some of what happens to your body when you drink matcha...

 

Boost of antioxidants 

 

Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than a regular cup of brewed green tea. These antioxidants enable your body to get rid of harmful free radicals, detoxify, and can also help to protect your skin against UV light. Additionally these antioxidants can help to boost your blood flow. It contains more antioxidants than goji berries, pecans, dark chocolate,  acai berries and spinach.

 

Relax and unwind

 

You'll commonly hear people talking about L-Theanine when it comes to matcha - this is an amino acid contained within this supercharged green powder that helps to relax your body and relieve you of your stresses.

 

It works by creating alpha-waves, which establish a state of 'relaxed alertness'. This is opposite to beta waves, which are created by stress and establish a state of agitation and excitement. It is thought that matcha contains up to five times more of L-Theanine than other types of tea.

 

Burn fat

 

Studies show that drinking matcha can help your body burn up to 25% more fat. Combining this with a healthy diet and exercise can be hugely beneficial for your body. 

 

Boost immunity

 

Matcha is renowned for helping to keep inflammation and sickness-inducing microbodies at bay. The perfect time to drink matcha is when flu season starts to help keep yourself illness free. 

 

Improve mental health

 

As well as helping you to relax, matcha is also thought to help relieve anxiety and depression. Matcha contains something known as polyphenols, which can help you to feel happier and less stressed. They're also often found in foods such as chocolate and drinks such as wine, which both bring us joy! 

 

Gain sustained energy

 

Matcha contains caffeine, which can help give you a burst of energy. However, unlike coffee, this release is sustained over a period of hours and doesn't give you the same spikes.

To stock up on matcha, you can buy your 40g bag here.

 

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