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Matcha Green Tea

I love me some tea. I’ve already gone on and on about it before when I talked about the health benefits of teas, so I’ll spare you this time around… Now if there’s one tea in particular that is touted for its health benefits, it’s green tea. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that have powerful effects on the body. Antioxidants protect your body from free radical damage that can lead to many serious diseases like cancer and heart disease. They also have an important role to play in detoxifying your body, maintaining your immune system and protecting your eyes and skin from free radical aging. Amongst its many beneficial antioxidants, one of the most important in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate (let’s not even try to pronounce that and just call it EGCG). This important antioxidant may be one of the main reasons green tea has such powerful medicinal properties. Green tea also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and increases dopamine and the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA, both of which have anti-anxiety and effects and boost brain function. When combined with caffeine, which green tea naturally contains, these benefits are enhanced. Some studies have also shown that green tea boosts the metabolic rate and increases fat burning in the short-term. But it’s suggested we drink a lot of green tea to get these benefits! Drinking 5-8 glasses of green tea a day is usually recommended in order to reap the benefits. I mean 5-8 glasses is a lot of green tea! Basically, all of the fluids you drink in a day would need to be green tea and that could get pretty boring. This is where matcha green tea comes into play. You can think of this as regular ol’ green tea on steroids because 1 cup of matcha green tea (made with ½ teaspoon of matcha powder) has the antioxidant power of 10 glasses of green tea. Yes, TEN TIMES! SONY DSCMatcha green tea is a powdered green tea made from the nutrient-rich young leaves of camellia sinensis plant (a.k.a the green tea plant). These leaves are steamed and stemmed before being stone-ground into a fine powder. Tip: Be sure to buy an organic matcha tea. If you’re buying a product for its health benefits like Matcha it makes no sense to be ingesting residual herbicides, pesticides or other potentially damaging chemicals. It may seem pricey, but keep in mind that it goes a very long way as you only use ½ per serving. I get mine at Davids Tea Aside from its amazing health benefits, I love matcha green tea because it gives me a significant caffeine boost without the upset stomach that coffee always gives me. We’d love to know: Have you ever tried matcha green tea? XO Kimberley

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