A while ago when I was really struggling with exhaustion I went to T2 and asked them for a tea that would give me energy and a boost but without the caffeine crash that comes with coffee. They suggested Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea can come in tea bags but the best way to drink it is in a powdered form as then you are drinking the actual leaf and effectively consuming a whole food.
5 Reasons Why….
- Matcha Green Tea is full of antioxidants – as you know from my other posts, antioxidants are clever things that help us fight the free radicals that cause cancer and help slow down wrinkles. Matcha green tea contains a very powerful and potent antioxidant – epigallocatechin gallate (ECGG).
- Matcha Green Tea gives you an energy boost – it has caffeine in which acts as a stimulant but without the highs and lows that coffee gives you. The caffeine binds with the phytonutrients in the tea which slows the body’s absorption of the caffeine giving you a gradual release of energy.
- Matcha Green Tea has a relaxing effect whilst keeping us mentally alert – Green tea has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress due to the presence of L-theanine. This amino acid stimulates the production of alpha brain waves which creates not only a relaxing effect but improves our memory, focus and concentration.
- Matcha Green Tea has been shown to lower bad cholesterol – the ECGGs decrease our low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels – the this in turn helps protect us from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
- Matcha Green Tea helps prevent obesity – the caffeine and ECGG combined increases energy expenditure. They also have a thermogenic effect which causes an increase in the body’s ability to metabolise fats and use them for energy.
Simply add half a teaspoon of Matcha to boiling water and stir!
Check out my recipe for a Matcha Latte here.