Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea | PANATEA

1 Serving of PANATEA's Matcha is nutritionally equivalent to 10 cups of green tea.

Matcha contains a wealth of antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll, and other vitamins and nutrients. Depending on the variety and preparation of a steeped tea, only 10-20% of the nutrients are consumed, while 100% are consumed when drinking matcha. Matcha is therefore a nutritional powerhouse with tremendous benefits: 100% pure leaf = 100% nutrition + 100% natural energy.

Antioxidant Activity

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. Antioxidants are also known to increase metabolism, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

Oxygen radical absorbance capacity, or ORAC, is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities. The ORAC value of PANATEA's ceremonial grade matcha, on a per gram basis, is 1384. To put this into perspective, our matcha has over 14 times the antioxidant activity of wild blueberries on a per gram basis. As you can see in this chart, our matcha has more antioxidant activity on a per gram basis than ALL of the other popular antioxidant-rich foods listed here, combined!

Zero Sugar

Oh yeah, and matcha is sugar-free and virtually calorie-free (less than 3 calories per serving)!

Orac* Comparison between PANATEA Ceremonial Grade Matcha and other popular antioxidant-rich foods. (On a per gram basis)
*Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity
Source: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States.

Sustained & Focused Energy

Matcha contains a large number of important amino acids. L-theanine in particular is an amino acid that stimulates the production of alpha wave activity in the brain, resulting in a state of calm alertness. This duality of L-Theanine naturally promotes relaxation while heightening concentration. The amino acid is also known to reduce anxiety and enhance mood. When combined in matcha, L-Theanine and caffeine work together to produce a sustained and focused energy, lasting up to six hours. It’s no wonder Buddhist monks have historically used matcha before meditation, and samurai warriors before battle!

Additionally, as matcha is digested, the caffeine molecules bind to more stable larger molecules, like catechins. This binding slows the breakdown of caffeine in the bloodstream and therefore counteracts the usual negative side effects of caffeine. No jitter. No crash. And no cortisol production.

Metabolism & Weight Loss

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 increase metabolism. Fortunately though, there is not enough caffeine in matcha to promote production and excretion of cortisol, the body’s stress and fat storage hormone.

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.