1. Matcha provides smoother energy
The legend is that in feudal Japan, the samurai used Matcha to gain energy and find focus before battle and during meditation. More recently, studies have shown that Matcha actually helps to improve brain functions such as concentration, reaction time, and short-term memory (1
Unlike coffee and other caffeine sources, you avoid the negative effects of caffeine such as anxiety, nervousness and the notorious caffeine crash (2).
Matcha has also been shown to increase alpha wave activity in the brain (3), which reduces the amount of stress hormones such as cortisol in the body.
This is due to L-theanine which is an amino acid that naturally occurs in Matcha.
L-Theanine is also the reason why the energy you get from Matcha is so much better in many ways than the energy you get from other caffeine sources.
2. High levels of antioxidants
Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea (1
). Matcha contains an exceptionally high level of catechins. Catechins are a type of antioxidants that are found in tea, cocoa and berries. The unit for the number of antioxidants in foods is referred to as ORAC.
Matcha has 1,384 ORAC units per gram - Matcha thus has a higher amount of ORAC units than dark chocolate, pecans, spinach, goji berries, broccoli, blueberries, walnuts combined.
A number of studies have shown that Matcha counteracts damage caused by free radicals & toxins in the body (2,3), probably due to the uniquely high amounts of antioxidants.
3. Matcha might have Anti cancer properties
In Japan, you drink Matcha in the same amounts that Scandinavians drink coffee. At the same time, the Japanese are known globally for their long life spans. Maybe it is partly due to their obsession with Matcha!
Matcha is full of health-promoting substances, including some that have been shown to have cancer-preventing properties in test tube and animal studies.
Matcha is particularly high of a catechin whose abbreviation is EGCG. EGCG has been shown to have potent anticancer properties in several different scientific studies (1,2).
4. Matcha is beneficial for your heart
Matcha is a unique type of green tea which lets your consume the entire leaf of the plant, instead of just letting it soak in water for a few minutes. Drinking regular tea is a bit like boiling spinach and then just drinking the water you boiled it in - you miss out on the really good stuff.
Several studies have shown that green tea can prevent cardiovascular disease. It has been shown to reduce the level of 'bad' cholesterol and fat in the blood (1) (2). Observational studies have also shown that drinking Matcha regularly is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke (3).
Thus, in combination with a good diet and healthy lifestyle, matcha can help keep your heart healthy and protect against diseases of different sorts.
5. Your gut loves Matcha
The liver plays a key role in flushing out toxins, metabolizing harmful substances and processing nutrients.
One study showed that Matcha can protect the liver and kidneys from damage in rats with diabetes (1). In another study, 80 people with cirrhosis were given either a placebo tablet or 500 mg of green tea extract daily for 90 days.
After 12 weeks, markers for liver damage in the group receiving green tea decreased (2).
A meta-analysis of 15 different studies also showed that drinking green tea was associated with a reduced risk of developing a liver disease (3).
In summary, you can safely say that Matcha is appreciated by your body. Maybe it's time to give it a gift?