Matcha: Anti-Aging Antioxidant Powerhouse
Anti-oxidants are one of the biggest buzz words in the world of nutrition. They are natural chemical compounds which prevent aging and protect us from chronic diseases. ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a test used to determine levels of antioxidants. Matcha rates an impressive 1300 units per gram, which is close to 20X more than both pomegranates and blueberries. Matcha is also rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Matcha is whole leaf, stone ground, green tea. The leaves are packed with all of the nutrients you throw out when you brew a cup of green tea. You would have to drink more than ten cups of green tea to gain the nutrients found in 1 serving of matcha.
One of the main compounds found in Matcha is chlorophyll, which gives all plants their green color. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier aiding the body in the removal of heavy metals and dangerous fat soluble toxins. Chemical and environmental toxins can increase estrogen dominance and promote tumor growth. Matcha is a shade-grown tea, which increases the chlorophyll content, maximizing detoxification which eliminates toxins from the body.
Additionally, Matcha contains a unique anti-aging antioxidant known as EGCg, a catechin which prevents cancer. EGCg is not found in any other foods. It is a potent ally for counteracting the negative effects of pollution, radiation, synthetic chemicals, and UV sun damage, all known to destroy cells and damage DNA.
Matcha has a unique way of providing both energy and relaxation due to its naturally occurring properties, including caffeine, and a rare amino acid known as L-Theanine. L-Theanine increases feelings of well-being as it calms the mind with alpha waves while stimulating mental alertness, concentration, memory, and the ability to learn. Stress stimulates beta waves, leading to mental agitation, so Matcha can help manage stress while supporting an effortless calm, focused feeling. Monks have been drinking Matcha for thousands of years to aid in their mental focus and meditation practice.
Matcha is basically calorie free, so it’s perfect for weight loss! It boosts the metabolism and teaches your body how to burn fat more efficiently. Recent studies show Matcha can increase caloric burn by 4 times without raising blood pressure or heart rate. It does not increase insulin levels or raise blood sugar levels. Matcha also provides fiber, vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, chromium and zinc. Enjoy a cup of Matcha for an energetic yet calming pick me up in the morning or afternoon, but avoid drinking it at night before bed.