Spring-clean your mind, body and soul & drink matcha!
Let’s start our well-being journey with matcha - one of the healthiest beverages in the world.
More than ever before, people are searching for ways to feel and look better, and with the pandemic thrown in, health is on the rise. We’ve turned to ourselves and ways that help us maintain and improve our health and well-being, and matcha is an ideal start.
What is matcha and why is it so good for us?
Matcha is a green tea in a powder form, a magical beverage used for centuries in the Far East and today considered one of the most powerful superfoods. Matcha is a whole tea leaf that is consumed grounded. When added to water – it is like drinking a pure plant and all its benefits.
We all want to be healthy, to eat and drink food that is functional and has lots of benefits for our mind, body, and soul. And benefits of matcha are numerous:
- full of antioxidants, fiber, and chlorophyll
- rich in vitamins C, A, B6, K, as well as minerals selenium, chromium, zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and copper
- natural weight loss supplement
- an alternative to coffee without jitters
- calms the mind and relaxes the body
- beneficial for the heart
- rejuvenates and refreshes the skin
- lifts the mood and can increase focus
- instantly lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- cancer-fighting properties
Unique matcha characteristics
Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinesis, but the species differ according to the geography of cultivation an growth and processing methods. This healthy beverage is made exclusively from young leaves harvested earlier than the usual harvest, so the tops are selected and then covered, to protect from direct sunlight - thus starting the production of high levels of tannin, which affects the healing properties of matcha. The leaves are always hand-picked, carefully stored and dried, then grounded into a fine powder. Thanks to the specific and careful picking, the powder retains its high-value substances. Plants are protected from light and oxygen to preserve its bright green color and strong antioxidant properties.
An alternative to coffee and energy drinks
Like coffee, matcha contains caffeine, but the way it affects the body is completely different - caffeine in matcha provides a more stable and long-lasting energy boost, compared to coffee. Matcha contains approximately 75% caffeine from a cup of coffee and about 80% from energy drinks. Due to the high content of amino acids (especially L-theanine), caffeine from matcha enters the body more slowly than coffee caffeine, meaning there is no feeling of anxiety and dehydration. We can say that matcha is an alkalizing coffee - it gives us energy, but unlike coffee - it is gastroenterology tolerable. Interestingly, matcha contains five times more L-theanine than regular green tea – feel-good amino acid that stimulates alpha brain waves, which in turn reduces stress. This effect is also known as satori - which means calming euphoria. Slowly releasing caffeine in combination with L-theanine enhances cognitive functions creating consistent, sustainable energy. It relaxes and energizes at the same time. Where has matcha been our whole life? 😊