Superfood Spotlight #2 Matcha
Matcha is a powder made from grounded green tea. Historically matcha was used in Chinese and Japanese Tea Ceremonies. Today matcha is used to flavour everything from ice cream to Kit Kats! Matcha is not only delicious, it is also extremely healthy.
Many diet and weight loss aids claim to increase your metabolism but they often have undesirable side effects associated with them such as raising your blood pressure. Matcha green tea however is a natural way to lose weight by increasing your metabolism without any of these nasty side effects.
Additionally, as characterised by many superfoods, matcha contains an abundance of vital minerals including potassium, iron and calcium. Potassium specifically helps with the functioning of nerves and muscles, it also helps to lower blood pressure and the risk of heart problems. Iron is an essential component of red blood cells which transport oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. Lastly calcium is commonly known for maintaining bones and teeth however it also controls the contraction of muscles, the release of neurotransmitters and the clotting of the blood. Thanks to these powerful vital minerals, matcha has a variety of health benefits such as improving your immune system and enabling enhanced mental performance.
Matcha is high in antioxidants. Many foods are known to have high antioxidant levels and they have been proven to have a positive effect on various parts of the body such as your eyes and skin. Matcha contains the crown jewel of the antioxidant family, catechin, and this is the most beneficial and potent of all of the antioxidants. There are a variety of catechins, but one specific catechin is known for its cancer inhibiting properties.
Unlike many dietary supplements matcha tastes amazing! It works really well in many desserts. Below are links to some recipes that we’ve tried and and that we can recommend trying at home.