Roarganics Matcha Powder
Grown for centuries in Japan and used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, matcha powder has now become a cult favorite in health stores and coffee shops.
Matcha powder comes from young tea leaves grown under shade. This method, in turn, increases the amount of chlorophyll in the leaves which also gives their vibrant verdant hue. The leaves are picked by hand. Stems and veins are removed. The leaves are then air-dried and ground on traditional stone grinding wheels in the dark to preserve their natural nutrients.
A half teaspoon (1 gram) of matcha powder already gives a whopping serving of:
- protein (360 mg)
- amino acids (272 mg)
- lipids (50 mg)
- potassium (27 mg)
- magnesium (2.3 mg)
- calcium (4.2 mg)
It also contains considerable amounts of zinc, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, and K.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA POWDER
Matcha powder is a great source of catechins called epigallocatechin gallate, or simply EGCG. Matcha’s EGCG content is found to be 137 times higher compared to that of other green tea types. EGCG is believed to have antitumor properties which help prevent certain cancers like bladder cancer.
Mixing matcha powder in hot water gives the body the antioxidant it needs to help fight harmful free radicals, which damage cells and cause chronic diseases.
Improves Concentration and Cognition
Matcha powder is rich in L-theanine, a kind of amino acid that is present in tea. L-theanine is known for its calming effect.
Together with L-theanine is caffeine at 35 mg for every half a teaspoon of matcha powder, making its caffeine content higher than that of green tea. This perfect combination promotes a state of relaxed alertness.
In a 2017 study, a dose of theanine which is equivalent to eight cups of black tea has been found to improve cognition and selective attention. Another study provides evidence to support the idea that the combination of L-theanine and caffeine improves sustained attention, memory, and ability to suppress distraction. In addition, L-theanine has been discovered to improve relaxation by reducing the effects of caffeine.
Promotes Heart Health
Green tea has been shown in several studies to reduce levels of bad cholesterol. In another study, catechins in green tea have been found to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Mixing matcha powder in drinks, together with a well-balanced diet, helps keep the heart healthy and protected from other diseases.
Helps Maintain Healthy Weight
Because green tea has been known to speed up metabolism and increase energy expenditure. A study shows that taking green tea boosts fat oxidation during moderate exercise and helps improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance thus, protecting the body against developing type-2 diabetes.
Protects Skin from Sun Damage
With matcha powder’s high chlorophyll content, matcha powder helps protect the skin from sun damage, reduce wrinkles and sunspots, and shield it from impurities and chemicals present in our environment.
- Boosts brain functions with L-theanine and caffeine
- Reduces photo-aging of skin
- Helps maintain healthy weight
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) inhibits cancer cells
- Blend in drinks to make latte, smoothies, and as simple as iced/hot tea.
- Mix in oatmeal and salad dressings.
- Use it as an ingredient to bake muffins, cakes, and other pastries.
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