Matcha has been a favorite lately. A lot of desserts and recipes have been using it as their key ingredient. Aside from tasting good, we always hear of its health benefits. But what is it that makes this particular green tea a top beverage pick? A nutritional consulatant from The Biggest Loser, Farah Fahad, breaks down the benefits we get from drinking matcha. (via Byrdie.com)
- It can give you nice and glowing skin.
Having 137 times more antioxidants than a regular green tea, matcha can help protect your skin from ultraviolet radiation. It can boost blood flow, too, giving you a rosy and natural glow.
- It helps you stay relaxed and alert.
Matcha contains five times more L-theanine than regular tea. L-theanine helps you relax and boost your brain power, making you more alert and calm at the same time.
- It strengthens your memory.
L-theanine also improves your memory, which helps you learn and perform better.
- It helps boost metabolism and burn fat.
Farah says that matcha is like an internal gym for your body. Drinking it helps the body burn more calories, and up to 25% more fat.
- It keeps your immune system healthy.
When it gets chilly, matcha is the perfect hot drink to keep you warm and comfy. Because of its sickness-inducing microbodies, it can help relieve your allergies and avoid colds during flu season.
- It slows down aging, making you live longer.
Did you know that scientists and nutritionists call Okinawa, Japan a Blue Zone? It is well-known in the world because people live their longer. And their number one beverage there? Matcha. Because matcha is the number one drink people in Okinawa consume, The Blue Zones Solution author, Dan Buettner connected their long life spans to their everyday consumption of matcha.
- It helps with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Because of the polyphenols found in matcha, it can heal you from the inside out, making you feel happier and less stressed.
Which matcha effect from the list surprised you the most? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!