Ingredient Spotlight: Matcha

Ingredient Spotlight: Matcha



Matcha


Matcha is a potent green tea, packed with antioxidants, amino acids,

and nutrients. It is known for its health and mental wellness benefits.



What is Matcha?


Matcha is a fine velvety powder, made from the entire tea leaf, which makes it much more potent in flavor, nutrients, and antioxidants than normal green tea. The highest quality matcha comes from Japan, with environmental and climate factors greatly impacting its overall quality.


How It Works



Antioxidants and
Your Body


Antioxidants are compounds that protect your body's cells against the damaging effects from oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between antioxidants and reactive oxygen species in your body that lead to cellular damage.



Matcha and
Antioxidants


Matcha is packed with antioxidants–as well as amino acids, nutrients, and chlorophyll. Matcha is one of the most potent sources of antioxidants available, way more than antioxidants found in berries, dark chocolate, or acai to name a few.


Antioxidants in Matcha



CatechinsAntioxidants with health benefits



Polyphenols 

Micronutrients found in plants





What Matcha Does, the Benefits


  • Detox
  • Metabolism
  • Energy + Focus
  • Mood
  • Stress
  • Immunity
  • Sleep
  • Cholesterol
  • Anti-Aging

- Naturally detoxifies the body

- Remove toxins and heavy metals in the body

- Known to help burn fat/calories, especially during exercise 



Because matcha is grown in the shade, it is packed with chlorophyll, a molecule with powerful detoxifying properties.

- Utilizes fat for energy 

- Boosts metabolism

- Helps burn fat/lose weight 


Matcha utilizes it's high levels of antioxidants–particularly catechins to boost your metabolism and burn fat, especially during exercise. A review of eleven studies indicated that matcha can reduce body weight and maintain the weight loss.

- Provides sustained energy without the jitters, rush, or crash

- Increases alertness and focus

- Maintains calmness while sustaining energy


The combination of naturally occurring caffeine with L-Theanine in Matcha provides a stable and extended boost of energy without the usual jittery side effects of caffeine and stimulants. 

- Boosts your mood and mental state of mind

- Keeps you calm

- Improves mental clarity



Research shows that Matcha has the ability to improve cognitive performance, mental clarity, and overall mood. Notably, it is the combination of caffeine and L-Theanine that has been proven to improve cognitive performance and mental alertness, while keeping you calm–coining the term "wakeful relaxation"

- Reduces chemicals that are linked to stress and anxiety in the brain

- Boosts chemicals that are linked to reduce stress 

- Relieves stress and anxiety



Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that produces alpha waves in the brain to stimulate relaxation and calmness, reduce everyday stress, and reduce tension. Furthermore, research shows that matcha has a direct effect on the brain and helps stimulate relaxation and calmness - this, in turn, helps to reduce overall stress and anxiety.

- Reduces oxidative stress 

- Boosts antioxidants in the body 

- Protects the body against bacterial infections 

- Strengthens the immune system



Our bodies are constantly attacked by oxidative stress - damage caused to our cells from having an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body. Moreover, science shows that oxidative stress can lead to a number of illnesses and diseases. Research shows that matcha can decrease oxidative stress and protect the body against bacterial infections through its abundant antioxidant properties (specifically, catechins) which, in turn, strengthens the immune system.

- Promotes relaxation

- Increases sleep quality

- Boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine 

- Calms the brain



Matcha contains L-theanine, which has been found to promote relaxation and better sleep quality by calming brain chemicals and boosting levels of GABA, serotonin, and dopamine. Studies show that lower than normal levels of GABA can lead to anxiety, sleep issues, and even depression. GABA plays a vital role in cognition, the body’s response to stress, and stimulates relaxation through lowering “excitatory” brain chemicals.

- Increases cholesterol lowering antioxidants in the body 

- Lowers high blood pressure

- Fights oxidative stress 

- Decreases the risk of heart disease 



A number of studies have found that Matcha helps lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and total cholesterol. This is due to the high levels of antioxidants (catechins) found in matcha. Additionally, studies show that matcha can also lower high blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

- Fights free radicals that cause signs of aging

- Protects from UV damage

- Improves skin elasticity and texture 



Matcha is a powerhouse of antioxidants (particularly catechins), which have been proven to fight against free radicals and protect the skin from UV damage. Research shows that free radicals can cause damage to the skin and increase the aging process (amongst other things such as cause to sickness). Study also shows that consuming matcha over a period of time can improve skin elasticity and texture. 


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