If you’re here, chances are that you already drink your fair share of matcha, but hear me out: You could be drinking more. For matcha lovers, that’s about all the convincing that you’ll need, you’ve probably already ran to the kitchen to make a fresh cup.
For everyone else, who maybe hasn’t discovered the wondrous world of matcha green tea just yet, you’re in the right place. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I hope you’ll find some interesting facts and maybe even a laugh or two. Shall we begin?
5. An earned sense of superiority
It’s not the top reason to drink matcha, of course, but we had to include it in the top 5. When you’re able to introduce other tea lovers to matcha, you earn a ton of street cred. Matcha isn’t the pinnacle of tea-snobbery, of course, and it’s gaining more and more popularity each passing year as more people try it, but a steaming hot cup of beautifully green matcha puts you in a league about the friend sitting next to you playing with the string on their steeping little satchel of tea-leaf-crumbs.
4. Matcha can boost your metabolism
Drinking matcha tea can help to boost your metabolism, which basically turns your body into a more efficient calorie-burning-furnace, so to speak. But not only that, let’s say matcha had zero benefits at all, it’s still a better alternative than reaching for a soda or some other type of drink that has negative effects. Positive benefits vs. negative impact, it’s really not a hard choice when we put it that way, hey?
3. It’s incredibly calming and relaxing
Preparing matcha is a little bit more involved than certain other types of tea, there’s a bit more of a process to it – but a better way to phrase that is to look at it as more of a ritual than a chore. A tradition, if you will. This ritual of preparing matcha, in and of itself, can be just as calming and relaxing as that first sip.
When you’re able to take a little time out of the day, even if it’s just 10 or 20 minutes, to unwind and clear your mind and to focus on a very simple task, it can work wonders for your mood.
2. Matcha can improve your focus
Much in the same way that it can help you to calm down and relax throughout the day, matcha can also help with your focus. Regular green tea has an ingredients called L-Theanine, and you’ll find roughly 5x as much L-Theanine in matcha. L-Theanine, which combined with caffeine, can help a great deal when it comes to focus, staying on task, and thinking clearly. Since matcha has both L-Theanine and caffeine, you’re all set!
1. Sorry oxidants, you’re not welcome here
A lot of people aren’t really sure what oxidants really are, but they know that they want as many anti-oxidants in their system as humanly possible. A great way to fill your body with anti-oxidants is simply by taking a few sips of matcha.