The Benefits of Matcha
withinUs TruOrganic™ Matcha is packed with amino acids, nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and chlorophyll. Due to its high nutritional value, consuming matcha regularly has an abundance of health benefits, including:
- Increase in energy, memory and concentration
- Higher metabolism
- Joints to stiffen and become less flexible
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased immune functioning
Antioxidants are substances that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. We are exposed to free radicals everyday, either as the byproducts of normal processes within the body, or through external sources such as pollution. While completely normal, free radicals cause cell damage when they appear in excess, something that antioxidants prevent. Antioxidants are commonly found in fresh fruits and vegetables, but this doesn’t mean that all sources are created equal. Matcha has 5 times the amount of antioxidants of any other plant-based source!
Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)
EGCG is part of a class of antioxidants known as catechins. EGCG has been of much interest to the scientific community lately, as studies have emerged suggesting that regular consumption may lower the risk of cancer, help to prevent heart disease, and provide metabolic health benefits. In addition, EGCG has been shown to support joint health, as it reduces inflammation and prevents the breakdown of cartilage in the joints. 60% of the catechins in matcha are EGCG, making it a wonderful source of this amazing compound.
The presence of one specific amino acid – L-Theanine – is why matcha is so effective at boosting energy and mood levels. When L-Theanine is combined with the natural caffeine in the tea, it metabolizes more slowly, releasing the natural caffeine over a longer period of time and providing a stable three to six hour long energy boost (versus coffee caffeine at an hour to an hour and a half). In addition to providing energy, L-Theanine helps boost memory and concentration by causing an increase in the production of dopamine and serotonin.