If we're talking about foods and drinks with fantastic health benefits, you know we're going to mention matcha. From matcha lattes, to desserts and treats, matcha’s popularity has skyrocketed over the last few years. And if the previous nine centuries in Japan are any indication, that popularity isn't going away any time soon.
But what’s the tea on matcha’s health benefits? Let’s look at some of the perks that make matcha a great addition to your daily routine!
How Does Matcha Boost Brain Function & Immunity?
Matcha is rich in immunity-boosting antioxidants and offers a wide range of health benefits. Plus, since you’re consuming the whole leaf, it possesses more vital benefits than drinking regular green tea.
Matcha is rich in catechins, a plant compound found in tea that helps stabilize harmful free radicals, aka compounds that can damage cells and cause chronic diseases. Since matcha contains all the nutrients in the whole tea leaf, you’re getting more catechins and antioxidants than regular green tea (in fact, studies have shown that matcha has 137 times the catechins of regular green tea!).
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in teas that helps your body gradually absorb caffeine, preventing all the jitters and afternoon crash from other sources like coffee. Studies have shown that L-theanine can help increase alpha wave activity in the brain, which may help to promote relaxation and decrease stress levels, so take a few sips and breathe easy!
Some research suggests that matcha may help improve brain function. A study of 23 people found that those who consumed around 4 grams of matcha performed better on a series of tasks designed to measure brain performance than those who consumed a placebo. Researchers found improvements in memory, attention, and reaction time amongst those who consumed matcha.
Additionally, matcha contains a more concentrated amount of caffeine than regular green tea, packing in 35mg of caffeine per half teaspoon (about 1 gram) of matcha powder. So the next time you have a test to study for, or a big day ahead of you, try enjoying some tasty matcha beforehand!
Of course, these are just some of the amazing benefits of matcha. Besides being good for you, matcha also provides energy, tastes great, and promotes overall well-being and wellness.
How to Get More Matcha
Matcha can easily be added to your daily routine by incorporating it into your favorite recipes. Swap out your morning coffee for a matcha latte, your mid-day tea for matcha, or add it to breakfast or baked goods. Our Daily Ceremonial Matcha Tin is perfect for your everyday matcha fix. You can of course always drink matcha on its own as a healthy and energizing beverage. And don’t forget to try our Premium Ceremonial Reiwa Tin– a bit sweeter and smoother than our Daily Ceremonial.
Why Junbi Matcha?
Junbi was founded by a team of two couples (four best friends: June, Dan, Anna & Jeremy) who seek to create a movement that draws on the strength of the earth, delivering energy and goodness through matcha to help you Prepare Daringly to push your limits and walk your own path.