Matcha, matcha, matcha
Matcha has become somewhat of a food craze in the health and fitness world in recent years, but what is it exactly and what can it do for your body?
Matcha is defined as “powdered green tea leaves” which are rich in phytochemicals. Its origins trace back thousands of years in ancient Chinese and Japanese cultures. In recent years, matcha-infused snacks and beverages have gained popularity throughout the world. Popular matcha-infused items include matcha muffins, matcha lattes and matcha chia pudding are just a few popular matcha-infused treats.
One of Portland Juice Co.’s vegan nut mylks,Tura, contains matcha. The Tura is a pistachio nut mylk sweetened with vanilla bean and raw coconut nectar and contains one teaspoon of matcha powder per bottle
Matcha is a type of green tea, and green tea contains caffeine. Because matcha powder is derived from crushing whole tea leaves, the caffeine content is more significant than that of a simple bagged tea.
Matcha offers a number of health benefits to those who consume it.
Matcha is frequently referred to as a mood-and-brain food. One study suggests that matcha can improve attention, working memory, information processing and episodic memory. The organic chemical EGCG (epigallocatechin-3 gallate) found in matcha can boost the production of stem cells in the brain and can have a positive effect against age-related degenerative diseases like Alzheimers, cancer and osteoporosis.
EGCG is also known to reactivate dying skin cells. Energizing dying skin cells can improve skin conditions like aphthous ulcers, psoriasis, rosascea, wrinkles and wounds. In addition, EGCG increases production of “regulatory T cells” which are vital for immunity.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants that help fight disease and keep your mouth free of cavities. It is also known to enhance fat oxidation which could potentially reduce the symptoms of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.