THE GREEN TEA THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Matcha is the ‘new’ trend making waves in the food world for its incredible health benefits and its delicious flavor, but this ancient drink has been enhancing lives in Japan for over 1000 years, where it is revered for its mental & medical remedies. It may have taken a while, but the power of matcha is finally becoming known all across the world and is changing the way people fuel their lives.
WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha is a fine powder of ground whole green tea leaves. Unique from other teas, it is the only tea where the entire leaf is consumed. Only the strongest growing green tea leaves are selected for matcha production. They are then shade grown for the last three weeks before harvesting and the stems are removed before the leaves are ground into a fine powder. Matcha is traditionally prepared by whisking a scoop of powder with hot water until frothy.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA
Before tea was considered a casual beverage, it was considered a medicine. Of all the teas on earth, matcha is the ultimate medicine.
- ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE
-Matcha is the highest source of antioxidants per gram (ORAC=1573) with the next highest source being goji berries (ORAC=253).
-One serving of matcha has the equivalent amount of antioxidants contained in 10 cups of normal brewed green tea
-Matcha is bursting with catechins, particularly EGCG, which is the most potent & beneficial antioxidant- known to prevent cancer & heart disease and is effective in reducing inflammation & slowing cartilage breakdown
- ALKALIZING & DETOXIFYING
-With its incredibly high levels of chlorophyll, matcha provides oxygen to the tissues, detoxifying & creating a healthy alkaline pH in the body
- STIMULATES METABOLISM & BURNS FAT
-The catechin EGCG in matcha has been found to raise the body’s thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from 8-10% of daily expenditure to between 35-43% of daily expenditure
-At the same time it oxidates fat & limits intestinal absorption of fat, all while not raising blood pressure or heart rate
- PROTECTS SKIN
-EGCG is proven to fight skin aging, reduce inflammation caused by UV radiation & suppress acne
- INCREASES FOCUS & CALMS MIND
-The shade growing of matcha elevates the L-theanine content, an amino acid that induces alpha frequency brain waves, resulting in mental calmness, improved concentration & memory, and relaxed alertness
- ENERGY BOOSTING
-It naturally contains only 1/2 the caffeine of coffee
-The unique properties of matcha result in a calm energy that lasts for 5.5 hours on average, with no jitters, crash, or nervous energy
MATCHA & LIQUIDOLOGY
Matcha is clearly one of the healthiest foods in the world, so it naturally fits into the vision of Liquidology Bar. Local food blog ful-filled.com joined in collaboration to bring the best organic matcha on the market to Liquidology’s premium line of fresh pressed drinks. Serving organic foods & knowing their source is a top priority at Liquidolgy, so using direct from the farm organic ENCHA matcha was the perfect match.
Combining matcha with Liquidology’s ‘Coco Bomb’ makes for the ultimate healthy energy drink: with electrolytes from the fresh young thai coconut water, medium chain fatty acids from the pressed coconut meat & the calming energy of matcha.
MORE THAN A DRINK
With such a vast array of physical & mental benefits, matcha is so much more than a drink. Matcha is a way of living. It nurtures the body & calms the mind- a retreat from the hectic, grounding us in the midst of our over-stimulated modern lives. Energizing yet relaxing, nourishing & protecting, matcha is the drink that keeps on giving…
WHEN WILL YOU MEET YOUR MATCHA?
article author | bella karragiannidis
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