Tea Trivia #3: Matcha Mania! 3 Reasons to give Matcha a Try

You likely are hearing more and more about matcha and may have been wanting to try it.  Why are more and more people switching their cup of coffee in the morning for matcha? Here are the 3 top reasons...

#1  Lasting, smooth caffeine alertness for hours:  Both coffee and matcha contain caffeine, but with coffee, the caffeine wreaks havoc on your body.   It causes a rapid spike in caffeine but an equally rapid crash.   It can result in jitters and nervousness and the need for cup after cup throughout the day with the resulting caffeine highs and crashes. 

Matcha, on the other hand, does a much better job of creating a calm alertness - with only a quarter to a half of the caffeine found in a cup of coffee.  There are no spikes and crashes.   This is because the caffeine in matcha is being moderated by another beneficial component in tea called l-theanine.  This calm alertness typically lasts for 3 hours although some people report the effects last for even 6 - 7 hours. 

#2  Very high in antioxidants:  Matcha is very finely ground powdered green tea.   So when you are drinking matcha you are drinking the entire tea leaf with all the benefits it contains vs just the brew resulting from steeping and then discarding the leaves.  As a result it is very high in polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants - in fact matcha has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of green tea!  The polyphenols in tea have been linked to many health benefits including protection against heart disease and cancer;  better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction and anti-aging.   

#3  Better Breath:  It is well known that coffee is one of the leading causes of bad breath.   Fortunately matcha does not have this affect and in fact contains polyphenols that have been shown to prevent the growth of the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

So find some matcha, grab a wisk and start your day off with a cup of matcha tomorrow!