Dr. Kassam Why You Need More Matcha Green Tea In Your Life
Why You Need More Matcha Green Tea In Your Life
Written By: Dr. Saira Kassam, ND
What is the hype with Matcha green tea and how does it differ from good ol' green tea? Both Matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. Matcha is 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder; making it more concentrated than regular green tea. Matcha green tea is grown in the shade, which actually increases the chlorophyll and amino acid content in the leaves. Matcha tea is also known as an antioxidant powerhouse! 1 gram of Matcha green tea contains about 1348 units of antioxidants. Compare this to 105 units or 91 units of antioxidants per gram of pomegranates and blueberries respectively! Now, doesn’t this make you want to grab a cup of Matcha green tea right now!
Matcha Green Tea is composed of 3 main ingredients that give it its nutritional profile: L-Theanine, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) and Caffeine. Let's talk about the benefits of each:
Matcha Green Tea is so diverse in the way it can be ingested (Smoothies, latte's, breakfast bowls, baking). My personal favourite is to incorporate it into your daily morning routine by adding Matcha green tea powder to a smoothie or latte.
Matcha Chai Latte
Matcha Green tea really and truly is a superfood for both the body and mind! It is known to help with brain fog, increase energy, increase focus, increase stamina, decrease stress and anxiety. It has the wonderful dual action of making you feel calm and alert at the same time thanks to the L-theanine and caffeine. The high antioxidant component also helps in preventing and treating various diseases.
Let's all try and incorporate some Matcha green tea to our days!