Matcha is a magical ingredient that comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant and helps act as a natural energy booster among many other health benefits. Matcha tea contains all the nutrients of the entire tea leaf. These matcha tea leaves are high in antioxidants as well as caffeine, more than typical green tea leaves. We love adding matcha to our superfood supplement powders for a wide variety of reasons. Let’s dive into matcha and why it is such a super ingredient.
How Is Matcha Made?
Green tea and matcha tea both come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. However, matcha is made a bit differently which results in matcha having different nutrient properties.
Matcha farmers grow the Camellia Sinensis and cover their leaves 20-30 days before the harvest, avoiding any direct sunlight. This causes the leaves to increase their chlorophyll production, increasing the amount of amino acid content. Once harvested the stems and veins are removed and the leaves are then ground up into a fine powder, which you would then recognize as matcha. Since matcha contains the entire tea leaf it results in higher caffeine and antioxidant content compared to regular green tea.
High in Antioxidants
Matcha is packed full of antioxidants, which are produced in our bodies but are found in foods. Antioxidants help our cells avoid damage and can help defend our bodies again harmful molecules or free radicals that could cause illness. Matcha also contains a variety of vitamins including vitamin A, B, C, E, and K.
By drinking more matcha you are helping to protect cells from damage and reducing your chances of developing a chronic illness. Both of Aila’s superfood powders are natural immune booster supplements packed with benefits.
Promotes Healthy Liver Function
There has been a decent amount of research done on both matcha and green tea that shows it is healthy for liver functions. One study showed that after 12 weeks of giving people with nonalcoholic liver disease green tea extract their liver enzyme levels reduced, which is great a high amount of liver enzymes is usually a sign of liver damage.
Boosts Brain Function & Energy
There has been recent research suggesting that matcha can help improve your attention span, reaction time, and memory. This is because matcha contains roughly 35 mg of caffeine per half teaspoon.
Matcha also contains L-theanine, which closely resembles caffeine in the way that it promotes alertness, and avoiding the energy crash that can follow caffeine consumption. Matcha is what makes Aila’s green superfood supplement such a great natural energy booster.
Energy is one of the main reasons we love using matcha in our pre-workout alternative supplements. The matcha green powder can set you up for the perfect workout without risking injury due to brain fog etc. Get the energy boost you need, without the caffeine crash!
Helps Reduce Odds of Cancer
Epigallocatechin gallate is a plant compound found in matcha that helps reduce inflammation in the body, aids in weight loss and helps prevent heart and brain disease. The concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from other green tea. EGCG has been shown to have powerful properties that can reduce one’s risk of developing cancer. In a recent study, EGCG has shown suppressive effects on different types of cancer, including breast cancer.
Promotes Heart Health
With heart disease continuing to be the number one cause of death worldwide it is important we put our hearts health first. Matcha has been shown to reduce the body’s levels of bad cholesterol, which is fat in the blood, as well as lowering blood glucose levels. Matcha is suggested to play an important role in the suppression of diet-induced high levels of lipid and glucose.
Combined with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, drinking Aila’s matcha tea supplement powder once a day can be helping to clean your blood and fight off access sugars and fats. Not to mention our superfood powders taste great, so it’s a win-win!
Encourages Weight Loss
Green tea extracts or matcha are found in almost every weight loss supplement out there. Studies have shown that it can help speed up our metabolism, increase energy and boost fat burning by up to 17%. The amount of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in matcha is also great for promoting weight loss. Particularly when working alongside caffeine which is naturally found in matcha.
This is great news if your looking to lose weight will Aila’s Energy + Focus superfood supplement. Use our green superfood powder as a natural way to help you promote weight loss and use it as a pre-workout powder.
Increase Bone Strength
It is important that you are actively taking measures to build up bone strength, particularly if you are an athlete involved in high-impact activities daily. Polyphenols, the antioxidant-packed compounds in matcha green tea reduces inflammation-causing oxidative stress on the bones. This results in increased bone mineral density (which is how strong and solid our bones are).
Boost Your Skin's Natural Glow
If you have been having trouble keeping your skin clear, kick the coffee and replace it with matcha. With Aila’s green superfood powder you are getting all of the caffeine you need from the matcha, plus way more vitamins. Vitamin C stimulates collagen and vitamin B promotes healthy skin cell turnover.
Matcha is the best ingredient for our superfood powders as it is a natural energy booster packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients that are hard at work inside your body. Aila’s Energy + Focus green superfood powder is a natural immune booster supplement that is perfect to use as a pre-workout powder or just as a daily natural boost of energy, focus, and immunity. Check out all of Aila’s products and find the right superfood supplement for you!