Matcha seems to be the entire craze lately. It has become the in beverage - touted by celebrities, chugged down by trendy hipster cafes and generally stirring up a storm in the health and beauty world.
What is it and what is the big deal?
Matcha essentially means “powdered tea”. It is a special form of green tea where the leaves are crushed into fine powder and made into a drink. This makes it healthier and more concentrated than traditional green tea, which is prepared by steeping the leaves in hot water, and then throwing away the leaves. Matcha is more potent because you are drinking the actual tea leaves.
Benefits of Matcha
- Because matcha is more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea, it is a much more powerful source of nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polyphenols, matcha has it all.
Roleaf Tip: A cup of matcha a day keeps the doctor away!
- Matcha is a great replacement for coffee. If you are addicted to coffee, try switching it up to matcha. You get the alertness you need without the crash. Matcha also has the added benefit of the compound “l-theanine” which induces relaxation without drowsiness. Alert calmness, what more could you want?
Matcha is traditionally prepared by mixing a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to slightly less than a boil). The drink is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it reaches a nice frothy consistency.
- Weight loss! Matcha is rich in the compound catechins, which has thermogenic properties, increases metabolism, and promotes fat oxidation, even at rest.
Roleaf tip: Studies have shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea results in 25% more fat burning during exercise. Who needs artificial pre-workouts?!
- Constipation? Try matcha! It contains a high level of easily absorbable dietary fibre that will not only ensure smooth excretion, but also stabilize blood sugar levels.
What are you waiting for? Get some matcha into your daily regime! Roleaf supplies high quality pure matcha powder and matcha latte that is bound to boost your health and take it to the next level.