Matcha is the unsung, yet ultimate superfood. In addition to your daily energy boost, here are the top 5 health benefits from drinking matcha:
1) More Antioxidants Than Any Other Fruit or Vegetable
Matcha is rich in antioxidants. As the body’s cleanup crew, antioxidants provide protection from harmful free radicals, which are the molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage and even some inflammatory diseases.
So how super is this superfood? Matcha has more antioxidants on a per gram basis than any other fruit or vegetable! To put this into perspective, PANATEA matcha has over 14 times the antioxidant activity of wild blueberries on a per gram basis.
Check out our chart comparing PANATEA Ceremonial Grade Matcha to other popular antioxidant-rich foods (on a per gram basis):
2) Metabolism Support
Matcha is full of catechins, which are a super class of antioxidant that help fight bacteria and infections. One specific catechin in matcha is especially known to boost metabolism. It’s called the EGCG catechin, or epigallocatechin gallate. In fact, the concentration of EGCG in matcha is 137 times greater than your average Chinese green tea. In addition, caffeine is known to have a synergistic effect with the catechins in matcha to further support metabolism.
3) Lowered Cholesterol
Looking for an all-natural way to lower cholesterol? Foods high in antioxidants also decrease bad cholesterol levels. Matcha's antioxidants to the rescue again!
4) Natural Detoxification
Matcha’s lush color is due to its abundant chlorophyll, which is known to be a natural detoxifier. Chlorophyll increases the blood's capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to cells within the body. It therefore regenerates and cleanses the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Matcha also contains dietary fiber, a detoxifying agent that controls blood sugar and appetite, as well as eases digestion.
5) Blood Sugar Control
Antioxidants also known to help control blood sugar. And PANATEA matcha is sugar-free and virtually calorie-free (less than 3 calories per serving)!
The amino acid L-theanine in matcha promotes a feeling of calm alertness - no wonder Buddhist monks have historically used matcha before meditation, and samurai warriors before battle.
So sip up and zen out!