Matcha Health Benefits


matcha powder in a bowl

What's matcha again?

Finely ground green tea leaves. It is typically served as a beverage but can also be found in baked goods and desserts. The tea leaves are grown in such a involves shading the leaves from sunlight to include chlorophyll. It is also selectively hand picked at a specific time of year. This process gives it the unique health benefit properties through increased L-Theanine and vitamins.

Health Benefits

  • Packed with antioxidants including powerful EGCgs
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Includes the minerals: selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

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matcha tea set and mixed

Packed with Antioxidants

Matcha has a TON of antioxidants because you are consuming the entire green tea leave. These compounds help neutralise chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules) produced by oxidation in the human body. Once formed, free radicals can be damaging to other cellular components in the body, causing them to function poorly or die.

ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is the method of measuring antioxidant values in food, developed by the National Institute of Health. The ORAC rating for matcha is about 1300 units on a per gram basis, making it the highest among the super foods.

Clean Energy Boosts

Matcha contains an amino acid named L-Theanine, found exclusively in tea plants. L-Theanine consumption impacts the brain (passing the blood-brain barrier) bringing on a calm alertness and relaxed mental clarity [1].


A serving of matcha contains about half the caffeine of coffee. However, the way the caffeine is absorbed is important to note. The synergistic connection between the L-Theanine and caffeine allows for slow absorption into the bloodstream, meaning no jitters, anxiety or coffee crash and 3 – 6 hours of clean energy.

Overall Prevention

Matcha is a natural detoxifier. The unique cultivation process significantly boosts its chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll, commonly sold as a supplement, is similar in structure to haemoglobin – the molecule responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. It is a natural detoxifier, regenerating the body at a cellular level.


Matcha is also a source of dietary fibre, which helps stabilize glucose and cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy [2].

Additional Resources

Check out some other articles written by our friends on how green tea can benefit you.

 

[1] Juneja, L (1999), L-theanine—a unique amino acid of green tea and its relaxation effect in humans. Trends in Food Science & Technology 10 (6–7): 199.
[2] Boschmann, M, Thielecke, F (2007), The effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate on thermogenesis and fat oxidation in obese men: a pilot study. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 26(4): 389-395.