Matcha Superfood

Matcha tea is the healthiest beverage, loaded with polyphenols (flavonoids and catechins), plus bioactive compounds in tea leaves, from minimal oxidation, during processing. A medicine for centuries to heal, control bleeding, regulate body temperature and aid digestion, according to the National Cancer Institute, green tea polyphenols have been shown to reduce tumor growth.

In one teaspoon, Matcha Live Longer Organic Green Tea powder has seven times the antioxidants in dark chocolate, 17 more than blueberries, and 60 times than spinach. In 2013, a University of Colorado study found drinking one cup of Matcha green tea has 137 times the antioxidant EGCG’s compared to a conventional cup of green tea you buy at Starbucks.

Antioxidants are natural chemical compounds preventing aging and chronic disease. The body’s defence agents, equip your system to fight disease, cancers and infection. Using test known as Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, Tufts University discovered Matcha’s ORAC Antioxidant rating to be 1384 units per gram – compared to Pomergranates 105 units per gram, possessing twenty times more antioxidants. Keep in mind broccoli only has 31 units per gram!

The chlorophyll in Matcha, creating the greenness, also encourages weight loss by naturally cleansing the body, supporting detox efforts. It supposedly helps clear poisons, toxins, dioxins and heavy metals.

Green tea contains catechins, antioxidants, amino acids and chlorophyll which together appear to help reduce stoke and diabetes risk, prevent age-related cognitive impairment, strengthen bones and keep blood pressure in check. It may prevent pancreatic, prostate, colorectal and lung cancers.

The Journal of Medicinal Foods researched type-2 diabetes. Matcha led to decreased cholesterol, blood sugar and harmful blood fats. Matcha appeared to protect from liver and kidney damage, so the study’s authors identified that Matcha contains higher amounts of epigallocatechin 3-0-gallate (EGCG, a potent antioxidant) than other forms of green tea. Over 60% of catechins in Matcha are EGCG, unlike low quality green teas that are highly diluted – as Matcha superfoods contain the entire leaf, also providing high levels of easily absorbable dietary fibre.

Zen Buddhist monks are said to have drank Japanese Matcha to remain alert and calm during long hours of meditation. Matcha contains up to five times more L-theanine (an amino acid with psychoactive properties, inducing alpha-wave brain activity, which promotes relaxation) compared to conventional green/black teas. Theanine counterbalances the caffeine in Matcha, promoting a calming effect, enhancing mood and metabolism, increasing energy, clarity and concentration, whilst reducing stress. Matcha is harvested from young buds in spring, which provides 6 types of catechins and is an ideal substitute for coffee giving energy boost, without the headaches. Enhance overall health and immunity with Matcha!

Bodybuilders and fitness trainers use Matcha to combat inflammation and oxidation. A 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found green teas and extracts significantly lower serum total cholesterol, and LDL (or bad cholesterol). Before that, another study in the same journal demonstrated green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties, promoting fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content. So consuming green tea, increased the body’s rate of burning calories from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure. In yet another study, exercising immediately after drinking Matcha resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise. According to Sara Solomon’s March 12, 2015 article in, both these studies suggested Matcha enhances both resting metabolic rate and fat burning for workouts.