A cup full of Zen: benefits of matcha

zen matcha tea bowl with ying yang on foam

Did you know? Almost one thousand years ago, Chinese Taoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks drank matcha to keep calm and keep a clear mind during long hours of meditation.

 

Science now confirms the teachings of centuries of tradition: matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and well-being. L-Theanine activates alpha waves which improve the state of mind and bring a feeling of calm. By increasing the levels of dopamine and serotonin, it also stimulates concentration and the ability to memorize. And although L-theanine is present in all teas, matcha can contain up to five times more than regular teas.

Whenever you need the extra focus or before your meditation session, treat yourself to a bowl of matcha. 

Did you know ? Samurai warriors consumed matcha to build their energy and stamina before fighting.

If many people switch from coffee to matcha, it is above all for the sustainable energy that it provides with a less harmful impact on the body. Matcha contains caffeine but also contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which is found almost exclusively in shade-grown green teas.

Associated with L-theanine, caffeine is metabolised more slowly ensuring a gradual release in the blood and over a longer period than with coffee. Your matcha provides you with a stable and longer lasting boost of energy than coffee without bringing on the nervousness that is sometimes associated with it. 

Read more: Matcha a different type of energy

 

 

Did you know? According to the latest research, matcha contains more antioxidants than any other known food or "superfood". Matcha has 137 times more than a traditional cup of tea.

According to the ORAC index (absorption capacity of free radical oxygen), matcha far surpasses all sources of antioxidants such as blueberries or pomegranates, the amount it provides is 500% more than the famous goji berries! 

Antioxidants neutralise the harmful influence of free radicals, responsible for aging and certain chronic diseases, which appear due to stress, exposure to pollution or UV radiation. One bowl of matcha contains as much antioxidant as 10 bowls of regular green tea: ingesting all the leaves allows you to enjoy all the benefits of green tea unlike traditional tea. Matcha restores your body's balance and slows down aging. 

Did you know? It is the concentration of the chlorophyll level that gives matcha its vibrant green colour. 

Chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier that gently helps cleanse the body. Allied with detox cures, it regulates intestinal transit and promotes good digestion by absorbing toxins present in the intestine and thus protects the liver.

Because matcha is grown in the shade, it is much richer in chlorophyll than regular green tea, making it a top detoxTo help you achieve and maintain optimal health, matcha is second to none.

pouring water to prepare a matcha detox

Did you know? Matcha is rich in catechins, a particularly powerful antioxidant found exclusively in green tea.

Beyond cleansing cells of free radicals and protecting cells from oxidative effects, catechins are known to strengthen the immune system and help reduce allergic reactions, fight infections, and act as an antiviral against influenza. Emerging clinical studies suggest that EGCG could play an important role in cancer prevention, it accounts for 60% of the catechins in matcha. A daily regimen of matcha strengthens your immune system and keeps your body in balance.

Did you know?  Research shows that the level of bad cholesterol is lower in regular matcha users while the level of good cholesterol remains unchanged.  

This research estimates that drinking 10 cups of tea per day has a positive impact on the level of cholesterol in the blood: only the level of bad cholesterol is reduced. Remember: 1 cup of matcha equals 10 standard cups of tea, so it is very easy to reach this level. 

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals that the consumption of matcha accelerates the metabolism: thermogenesis (rate of calories burned by the body) could be multiplied by 3 or 4.

 

When will you start noticing the difference?

Matcha benefits on the long term, explained in the infographic below:

 

Scientific research sources

 

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