Have you ever heard of Matcha? These days it is almost impossible not to. This topic is all over the social media, the TV and at coffee shops you can find at least one beverage containing Matcha. When did it all start? The first time I have ever heard of it was during my first trip to Japan in 2014. Matcha products where everywhere. That makes sense since it is a Japanese product. But why is it so popular and what exaclty is Matcha? Matcha is a powder that consists of finely powdered green tea leaves.

Here are 5 health benefits of Matcha

1. Antioxidants

Matcha contains many antioxidants (catechin). Antioxidants are known to combat free radicals which can damage cells and cell membranes which can ultimately cause cancer or other diseases.

2. Cholesterol

When consumed on a regular basis Matcha can reduce the levels of bad LDL cholesterol and increase the levels of good HDL cholesterol. This can reduce the risk of heart diseases.

3. Energy

Matcha contains a large amount of L-Theanine which gives us an instant engery boost that lasts for hours and doesn’t come with any negative side effects such as caffeine jjitters. L-theanine has also been found to stimulate the alpha brain waves which help calm our nerves.

4. Detox

Chlorophyll present in Matcha tea is a great detoxifier because it helps in neutralizing toxins and free radicals in your body and flushing them out. It also helps to restore the body’s natural pH-value which is essential to maintaining a good health.

5. Anti aging

Your skin is constantly exposed to negative elements such as UV rays and air pollution. These elements play an important role when it comes to the formation of free radicals. Free radicals can damage any cells in your body, causing not only diseases but also a faster aging process of the skin cells. Since Matcha has a high concentration of anti-oxidants that combat free radicals, it also protects your skin from these negative outside influences.

The quality of Matcha varies drastically from a yellow, muddy color to a beautfiul jade green so don’t go for the cheapest option you can find. I always get my Matcha either here or directly at Hibiki-an, a Japanese green tea farm. So it is really worth the hype? In my opinion, it definitely is. However, do not feel bad if you don’t like it or just don’t want to spend that much money on it. It is a great addition to a healthy diet but you can also maintain a healthy lifestyle wiithout it.

Add 1 teaspoon of Matcha to a cup. Add 3.5 oz of steaming water (80°C / 175°F) to the cup and whisk using a bamboo whisk or a hand frother until frothy. Enjoy!