Matcha Health Benefits

Matcha Health Benefits

Matcha Health Benefits

Ever wonder if regular green tea will help you lose weight, increase cognitive ability, maybe even give you an athletic edge? Millions of web pages devoted to green tea say it’ll do all these things — but only if you drink it practically non-stop!

Studies recommend up to 15 cups of regular green tea per day but fail to suggest any practical way to manage your very existence while coincidentally consuming 15 cups of tea during any, let alone every, 24-hour period.

The good news is recent reports show one cup of matcha tea is just as good for you as 7-10 cups of regular green tea. Widely considered one of the healthiest beverages in the world today, matcha tea is a rich source of the nutrients you need to stay healthy, active and mentally alert without spending the entire day with a teacup glued to your face.

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What is matcha made of and why should I care?

L-theanine is an amino acid shown to induce a sense of calm well-being, reduce stress, and to improve cognitive performance. For the most part L-theanine is unique to tea and uniquely abundant in matcha tea.

Unlike regular green tea, matcha tea contains the entire tea leaf. Its health promoting qualities provide the benefits of L-theanine at levels ordinary green tea simply can’t match. Matcha’s natural caffeine actually enhances the effects of L-theanine. So whenever you need to focus, calm your mind, and reduce stress, reach for a cup of high-quality matcha. Try our Tea Lover’s and Barista’s matcha. Both contain more L-theanine than any other matcha in their price range.

Catechins including the power-house EGCG also come from tea plants. In fact, most green tea studies focus on EGCG because of its positive affects on a wide range of health issues. Because matcha tea drinkers consume the entire tea leaf we ingest these catechins in their naturally healthy whole-food form.

Caffeine in matcha is mainly theophylline in variable amounts. Generally, matcha contains about half to two-thirds LESS caffeine than coffee. While matcha caffeine acts a lot like regular caffeine it’s not quite as strong. Japanese monks used it to enhance their meditations because it provided calmness, better focus and a gentle lift in energy.

Premium and ceremonial grades of matcha have higher levels of caffeine and antioxidants compared to latte and culinary grades. Oddly enough, as you move down the grade scale, the overall catechin content in matcha tends to go up, albeit only slightly when it comes to the uber-healthy EGCG catechin.


  • L-theanine amino acids: 2-3 %
  • Antioxidants & EGCG catechins: 45-75 mg/g
  • Caffeine: 20-30 mg/g
  • Chlorophyll, polyphenols, tannins
  • Fiber, protein, carbs

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