Matcha Health Benefits
Are there health benefits of fresh matcha?
Matcha is loaded with catechins, a class of plant compounds found in tea that act as natural antioxidants. One of those is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). These antioxidants help stabilize harmful free radicals in the body, and can neutralize those compounds that cause cell damage, inflammation and chronic disease.
Tryptophan is an amino acid in Matcha that helps the body create serotonin and melatonin, both neurotransmitters that are important for maintaining healthy sleep cycles.
Matcha also contains dietary fiber as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K.
Matcha and caffeine
Matcha also contains a compound called L-theanine, one which helps lend the matcha its deep umami flavor, but which also changes the effects of the caffeine in matcha, to provide sustained energy without the jitters and crash in energy level that may accompany other caffeinated products. L-Theanine may also help induce relaxation and reduce stress.
Whether freshly milled matcha has more of these compounds has not been studied, as few people even have access to fresh matcha. However, the better something tastes, the more likely you are to drink a lot of it!
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