Today, it’s no secret that green tea boasts impressive health benefits. Just one cup is rich in antioxidants, minerals, amino acids, and more, making it a star in the health world for the last few years. Newer to the scene, though, is matcha. Literally translated from Japanese to “powdered tea,” matcha in Western culture usually refers to a type of green tea grown differently than that of a typical green tea crop. In matcha varieties, the whole leaf is consumed and highly concentrated. So, are you wondering what all the rage is about? Let me fill you in on the top five benefits of matcha and the reasons why Further Food’s matcha products are my absolute fave!
Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
1. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants
You’ve likely heard that green tea is loaded with antioxidants, including polyphenols such as catechins, epicatechins, and thearubigins. Matcha boasts a similar ingredient list, but it contains much higher amounts of these ingredients since it’s a whole leaf powdered tea. In fact, this study found matcha had a 137 times higher concentration of epigallocatechin gallate than did a standard loose-leaf green tea bag. That’s 137 times more antioxidant power!
2. It’s packed with an amino acid linked to mental clarity, relaxation, and more
As someone who has dealt with anxiety for, well, ever—I can tell you a few things about a fantastic amino acid called L-theanine. Found in tea leaves and some mushrooms, L-theanine can have a calming effect on the brain by increasing GABA, serotonin, and dopamine levels while lowering cortisol. This balancing act of chemicals can also help boost focus and cognitive performance. Finally, it may sound too good to be true, but there is also evidence that L-theanine can help lower inflammation and boost immunity. It’s not a common amino acid in our daily diet, making matcha all the more important!
3. You won’t crash from the caffeine content
Matcha indeed contains more caffeine than most teas, which varies by brand. However, unlike that cup of joe, this light energy boost won’t be followed by a crash. This is due to the abundance of phytonutrients in matcha, which bind with caffeine molecules when consumed—causing a slower, gentler boost and fade. This characteristic is another great plus for those who suffer from anxiety or are simply sick of the typical jitters that come with most sources of caffeine.
4. Matcha has metabolism-boosting power
Numerous studies have shown matcha’s beneficial anti-obesity effects, and its ability to stimulate metabolism. These effects are likely due to epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin that boasts incredible antioxidant activity throughout the body. EGCG does more than just boost the metabolism, though. It also has cancer-fighting properties and may help prevent chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. While most teas contain this antioxidant, matcha contains—you guessed it—much, much more!
5. It’s SO versatile
Something I love about matcha is the versatility that comes with it. Matcha can be sipped as a warming beverage, the main character of a dessert recipe, thrown into smoothies, and beyond. I want to tell you about two of my go-to products for any of these uses are from one of my favorite brands—Further Food! Keep reading below for my favorite products and how I use them at home.
Recommended Matcha Products & Recipes
Further Food’s Superfood Matcha is one of my absolute favorite matcha products on the market. It contains the highest quality organic matcha combined with:
- Organic cordyceps mushroom: fights fatigue and increases my stamina throughout the day
- Powerful organic superfoods ginger and wheatgrass: fight inflammation, add nutrients, and fight the aging process
- Ashwagandha: a powerful adaptogen that helps relieve my brain fog and stress
Try this Superfood Matcha Chia Pudding- it’s one of my all-time favorite matcha recipes!
Superfood Matcha Chia Pudding
2 tsp Further Food Superfood Matcha Powder
1 C Foragers Cashew milk
¼ C chia seeds
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Add stevia to taste
In a large bowl, mix the Further Food Superfood Matcha Powder with the cashew milk and whisk until smooth. Add the chia seeds, cinnamon, stevia, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, making sure there are no clumps of chia seeds. Add more cashew milk if needed. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to set.
My other favorite matcha product is Further Food’s Matcha Collagen. Supplementing collagen has done amazing things for my health. I recommend it to my clients to improve GI health, help with excess weight loss, increase joint mobility, and beyond. Further Food’s Matcha Collagen boasts these benefits and more, combining collagen with organic cordyceps mushroom and organic matcha, making for an amazingly unique flavor of collagen that I love. This one is great to throw into morning smoothies or yummy baked-good recipes. I also love it in my favorite matcha latte:
Matcha Collagen Latte
1 scoop of Further Food Matcha Collagen Powder
1 C of hot cashew milk
1/8 tsp of vanilla extract
Smidgen of cardamom
Add vanilla stevia to taste
Add the matcha powder into a cup. Add in the warm almond milk and use a frother to mix then add the vanilla extra, cardamom, and vanilla stevia to taste.
So, today we learned that matcha is green tea on health steroids. 😉 But seriously, if you haven’t tried matcha yet, I encourage you to give it a go with one of these products and reap the health benefits. I stand behind Further Food products and use them personally because they contain real food ingredients (no artificial or processed junk), are sugar-free, yet still, find a way to taste delicious. You can use my discount code ELISSA for 15% off your first purchase for new customers!