It's not a secret that matcha has skyrocketed in popularity. Japan’s most revered form of tea has become a must-have ingredient for health and wellness fans. But what is matcha and what are its benefits?
Matcha and green tea come from the same plant- the Camellia sinensis. However, its nutrient profile is quite different. Matcha contains higher levels of amino-acids and higher content of chlorophyll. Since the whole tea leaf is used to produce the powder, you’re essentially consuming higher amounts of caffeine and antioxidants than in a typical green tea.
Studies of matcha and its components have confirmed a host of benefits:
- It strengthens your immune system, due to its high nutrient content.
- It boosts metabolism as it contains the polyphenol EGCG, a thermogenic component.
- It lowers blood sugar levels, thanks to its content of l-theanine.
- It aids weight loss since EGCG has also been shown to stop the growth of fat cells.
- It provides high amounts of antioxidants, effective in fighting and protecting the body against various bacterial and viral infections. It's also great to keep your skin looking young and fresh.
- Matcha can help exfoliate and remove dead skin from your face, giving you a glowing and fresh look.
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