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5 reasons to ditch coffee for matcha green tea


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We’ve all been there: dreaded late nights at the library cramming for deadlines, fuelled by countless cups of coffee. But did you know that drinking a cup of matcha green tea is proven to give a longer-lasting, more sustained energy boost than a cup of coffee? And now you know, could you bring yourself to ditch your coffee for a cup of matcha green tea instead?

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a premium green tea leaf powder originating from the heart of Japan. It is used traditionally for tea, but is a versatile ingredient and can also be used in a wide range of recipes – both sweet and savoury.

Matcha green tea offers a far more extensive range of benefits than other green teas. Matcha drinkers ingest the entire leaf, as opposed to the 10% of nutrients absorbed into the water from widely available green tea bags – this means a single cup contains the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, and 137 times more antioxidants.

This delicious and natural detox tool aids concentration and also acts as a mood enhancer. It boosts your metabolism and is packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and chlorophyll. By choosing to kick-start your day with a sugar and jitter-free anti-oxidant packed alternative to coffee, your body and well-being will reap the benefits

1. A Gentler Caffeine Kick

Although a typical shot of espresso provides 60mg of caffeine, matcha’s effect is more intense and lasts longer for a mere 34mg hit. Research suggests this is due to its high concentration of amino acid and L-Theanine. The rare amino acid L-Theanine found in matcha promotes a calm sense of alertness, which naturally aids your memory and concentration for prolonged periods of time. Plus given its lower caffeine level, matcha is not addictive.

In contrast, high levels of caffeine in coffee can cause a spike in adrenaline, which can lead to side-effects such as shaking and the dreaded caffeine ‘crash’.

Matcha could be the solution to this problem; the anti-oxidant rich concoction provides a gentle boost of energy for up to six hours, without the anxiety and edginess that often accompanies the high doses of caffeine found in regular coffee.

2. Better skin and breath

Matcha’s antibacterial properties are excellent for the skin and help to clear up acne. The fine powder has been used for hundreds of years for this reason and is a key ingredient in many facemasks. Matcha’s formula gives the skin a natural, youthful glow.

Just as with the skin, matcha’s wondrous antibacterial properties prevent the accumulation of plaque-causing bacteria in the mouth.

3. Matcha tea is full of antioxidants

Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. According to research, matcha is gram-for-gram one of the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. The miraculous powder is packed with higher levels of antioxidants per gram than goji berries, dark chocolate, pecans, acai berries and even spinach. Matcha has been linked to numerous health advancements and to the treatment of many illnesses, including cancer.

4. Matcha burns calories

Matcha is a great addition to a weight loss program and has been shown to increase metabolism by approximately 40%, while promoting the regulation of blood sugar levels with no recorded negative side-effects.

5. Matcha is simple to make and tastes heavenly

Simply scoop 1-2 tsp of matcha powder into a bowl, boil 70ml of water and pour into the bowl when the temperature has cooled slightly (to avoid a bitter aftertaste, do not use boiling water). Whisk the powder and water together until the mixture becomes frothy, and enjoy!

You could also jazz things up and mix a teaspoon in your smoothies or morning porridge, for a healthy start to the day.

In any case, try this miracle elixir as a pick-me-up or anytime you need some help remaining focused.

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