Unlike your typical green tea which comes in teabags and needs to be strained through water, matcha comes in a powdered form derived from special tea leaves called Gyokuro. These leaves are carefully grown in shade for 30 days before they are hand-picked, de-stemmed, air dried and stone-ground into micro-fine powder.
What sets matcha apart from your ordinary green tea and other energy drinks is that it contains L-theanine, chlorophyll, EGCGs and a high level of antioxidants.
L-theanine is an amino acid that is slowly released in our body providing an energy boost for 3 - 6 hours without the jitters or the sudden crash. It will also increase endurance and boost metabolism to maximize your workout performance.
Since the matcha tea field is covered 20 - 30 days prior to harvest, the photosynthesis is slowed down and chlorophyll level is retained in the tea leaves. Chlorophyll can help us detox and cleanse toxins/heavy metal out of our body.
Matcha has been shown to help burn calories up to four times faster than normal without negative side effects. It also helps manage your weight thanks to epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) levels that increases hermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories) by which stored fat is burned and limits the creation of new fat cells. According to research studies, EGCGs is also proven to be anti-cancerous.
Matcha is loaded with antioxidants. Drinking supreme quality artisan matcha can get you to at least 10 times the health benefits of all other superfoods such as pomegranate, gojiberries, turmeric and dark greens, etc. The chart below shows how matcha stands out from the rest of superfoods.
Unlike other sugar-loaded energy drinks, matcha naturally has zero sugar. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of matcha with a cup of cold or hot water and you now have a delicious natural energy drink packed with all the nutrients your body needs!
For more information on the many benefits of matcha, check out our Matcha 101 page.
About Whisk Premium Matcha
Whisk Premium Matcha is a Vancouver-based artisanal and premium organic Japanese matcha curator, and a healthy lifestyle purveyor. We believe in authentic Japanese matcha made from handpicked young tea leaves through a traditional stone grinding technique. We know that by following the meticulous process that matcha artisans have followed for thousands of years you will get a bowl of emerald green, smooth and aromatic matcha that mass-produced, commercialized matcha brands cannot deliver.