What is Matcha?
Before we dive in, let’s be clear about what matcha is. Matcha is high-quality and highly-concentrated green tea in powder form. Matcha is a traditional Japanese beverage and has been used for a long time in Eastern traditions.
Why drink Matcha?
If you’re a religious coffee drinker or just not on the matcha bandwagon yet, this is my plea to you – try matcha! It will change your life.
As someone who struggles with anxiety, I’ve always known that caffeine is a trigger for me. Despite that, I LOVE coffee. I love everything from the caffeine buzz to the ritual of sitting down with a warm beverage in the morning to start off the day. I used to drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day, but in recent years I started reducing my coffee intake to just 1-2 cups a day because I paid closer attention to how it affects my body. In the past year, I’ve started drinking no more than one cup of coffee a day and supplementing my second cup with matcha!
Now that I’m in the habit of drinking matcha regularly, on the occasional days I slip up and have an extra cup of coffee or two, I can feel the effects so clearly in my body. Coffee is most definitely an anxiety trigger. So, more and more, I am #teammatcha.
Matcha at Emissary in DC.[/caption
1. Health Benefits
Green tea is known for being high in antioxidants, but matcha is an even better source of antioxidants! Specifically, compared to green tea, matcha contains a larger amount of some of the best antioxidants known to fight cancer, catechins
2. Less Caffeine than Coffee
Although the caffeine content varies, matcha generally has about half the amount of caffeine as coffee. Also, the caffeine in matcha is absorbed differently than coffee, so it’s less likely to give you those 2pm coffee “jitters.”
3. Anxiety Reducing
My favorite thing about matcha is that it’s basically an anti-anxiety medicine! Matcha contains the amino acid l-theanine. Research shows that l-theanine can help to promote alpha waves in the brain and create a calming effect. I’ve personally been using l-theanine as a supplement for over six years and have found it super helpful. Now, with matcha, I can ditch the supplement and just drink away my anxiety!
4. It tastes DELICOUS!
Really, it does. Some may describe it as “earthy” or like a stronger version of green tea. It took a while for me to get used to the taste, but now I crave it ALL the time. It also won’t stain your teeth or give you bad breath the way that coffee does 😉
I’m on the hunt for the best matcha in DC lately… Stay posted for a blog post in the works on a DC MATCHA GUIDE!