Forget coffee. Why aren't you drinking matcha?
Although coffee is the go-to morning beverage for the majority of us, it appears that we should take the lead from Zen Buddist Monks. Although matcha contains comparitive caffeine, the relaxing properties of L-theanine counterbalance the "jittery" effects of caffeine. Therefore, a cup of matcha green tea promotes concentration and clarity of mind without producing any of the nervous energy typically associated with coffee.
The history of matcha dates back to the Zen Buddhist monks. Although tea had long been a staple of Japanese culture, the monks began to drink large quantities of this tea in particular in order to remain alert and calm during long hours of meditation. With the great demand from the monks, production increased. These Japanese tea leaves are grown in the shade to increase chlorophyll content. These chlorophyll-rich leaves are then handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder which is now called matcha.
The history and cultivation of the tea is interesting, but what matters most to health enthusiasts is its antioxidant content. One cup of matcha green tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! Its antioxidant levels are off the charts : 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60.5 times that of spinach.
It also has been shown to:
- Prevent Cancer
- Boost Moods
- Prevent Heart Disease
- Aid in Weight loss
To enjoy, whisk a tsp of matcha powder with 2 oz boiling hot water to dissolve. Mix this into a glass of warmed almond or soy milk with a tiny squeeze of agave and enjoy not only the delicious nutty flavor but all the amazing health benies!