5 Things You Need To Know About Matcha
So you’ve heard about it, friends online and IRL rave about it, the neighborhood cafe has matcha-infused everything, so you’ve probably tasted matcha, but do you think you know everything about matcha tea?
Best believe not, because this superfood that’s taken the culinary and health and wellness world by storm is as packed with history and culture as it is with nutrients.
Here are a few things you should know.
Matcha and Zen go together ever since
Monks, Zen and matcha have a long history.
The first matcha was brought from China by the Zen monk Esai from China. When he first planted the seeds in Kyoto, Zen philosophy grew with it. Monks have since then drank matcha for the calm alertness it gives them during meditation.
Although this is due to caffeine in the tea, matcha releases it differently that instead of jitters, a calming euphoria is what results making it popular among the yoga & meditation crowd.
It’s ORAC value is extremely high, which means it’s really healthy
So what’s an ORAC value?
ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.It’s a method established to determine the “total antioxidant capacity” to neutralize free radicals.
Free radicals, when left to accumulate in our body, can wreak havoc to our health. Leave them unchecked and they will, at least, attack lipids and proteins causing dry skin and wrinkles; and it can get worse: if they attack DNA, it’s likely to cause cancer.
At 138,400 per 100g, matcha tea has such a high ORAC value that to appreciate it a comparison among similar beverages is needed (per 100g):
- Black tea, brewed – 1,128
- Yerba mate tea, brewed – 1,704
- Green tea, brewed – 1,253
- Hibiscus tea, brewed – 6,990
- Rooibos tea, brewed – 610
This is where the immune-system boosting effects of matcha tea come from. It’s simply the best health beverage out there, and that is the tea.
More caffeine than coffee
Matcha’s healthy, lively color might fool you into thinking it’s puny compared to your average cup of coffee, but in fact, it’s much stronger!
A shot of espresso can’t even compare: at 64 mg of caffeine per shot, it pales to the whopping 70 mg matcha packs per teaspoon.
The best about it?
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation while inhibiting caffeine’s side effects. So what happens when you drink matcha? Improved concentration, clarity of mind, but no palpitations!
It doesn’t make your breath stink
Unlike coffee, drinking matcha doesn’t give you bad breath. Thanks to high chlorophyll content, it cleanses your blood, liver and digestive tract which helps prevent bad breath. It’s cosmetic value doesn’t stop at that.
Models at New York Fashion Week profess their love for matcha and the wonders it does to skin. When added to skin care products, its various & numerous antioxidants fight free radicals that cause sun damage, wrinkles, & dry skin. It exfoliates & brightens your skin without the sting of alcohol.