I’m a sensitive soul to caffeine.. always have been .. first time I realised was when I used to drink that “C word” drink..
Coco Cola! (yeah back in my teens) sshh…
I used to get heart palpitations from the caffeine. Diagnosed as asthma.. it wasn’t .. but hey thats a different story!
I’ve always really wanted to be able to drink green tea because of all the antioxidants, but I couldn’t handle it in the teabag form, as it would still have the caffeine effect on me.
Then I heard of Matcha and it’s wonderful, wonderful health benefits, and I just had to give it a try, but I was wary of the palpitations and caffeine sweats that I would usually encounter with the normal green tea bags.
Matcha is different though you see, its the whole green tea leaf. It’s a bright green powder, which shows how fresh and loaded with chlorophyll it is and it is highly alkalising too. Its a much higher concentrate of green tea, and I’m sure because it is the “whole” leaf this is the reason my body has no problem with it at all. My body actually LOVES it!
Firstly the Zen monks in Japan used to and still do drink it as a sacred tradition in Tea Ceremonies, and it carried the meaning of purity, dignity and mental clarity to them! So that was my first reason that I was drawn to Matcha powder.
- Antioxidants : The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food.
- Cancer fighting properties : Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
- Calming : Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”
- Boost Memory and Concentration : Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
- Energy Levels : While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.
- Metabolism :Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
- Detoxifies: During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
- Immune System: The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
- Cholesterol: Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have shown that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha.
I bet you want to drink it now don’t you!
So here is a delicious latte recipe that I enjoy most mornings :
- 1/2 tsp of Matcha ( I use Vitalife)
- 2 cups of almond milk ( you can make your own)
- a few drops of stevia ( I use sweet leaf stevia)
- cinnamon to taste, (I lovvvve cinnamon, i have loads!!)
- 1 tbsp cacao powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
I heat the almond milk on a really low heat until warm, then I add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk together. I like to then add it to my vitamix and give it a quick blend which makes it go lovely and frothy. The frothier the better 🙂
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