the benefits of drinking matcha tea daily

The Benefits of Drinking Matcha Tea Daily

The Benefits of Drinking Matcha Tea Daily


The term “self care” gets thrown around a lot lately. Like many buzzy trends, self care is a new-ish fad rooted in an age-old concept. The beauty of self care is that it can mean something different to each person that indulges in its benefits. For some, self care means getting sweaty or dirty, taking time to run a few miles each day or dig in the garden. For others, self care means a twice weekly detox bath or a day at the spa. No matter how you define self care, it’s so important in today’s fast paced world to take time to slow down and incorporate activities that feed your soul.


While it may not get as much attention, self care can also manifest in what you put in your body. Taking time to eat a wholesome diet or incorporate certain superfoods to benefit your health and wellness totally fits the definition of self care. Adding even more benefit to this aspect of self care is enjoying the process of consuming these foods or beverages, like relishing in the act of baking or cooking, or brewing a cup of tea before cozying up to enjoy its benefits.


Sitting down once a day to enjoy a warm cup of tea not only benefits your physical health, but it can be a form of self care that benefits your mental health as well. Several cultures incorporate tea into daily rituals, and certain types of teas are particularly beneficial when consumed daily, whether part of a self care ritual or just as a health supplement. 


What is Matcha Tea?


You may be familiar with matcha tea, but if not, let us give you the quick rundown on why this earthy, fragrant tea with a hint of umami flavor should be incorporated into your daily routine. 


Matcha is technically a type of green tea, cultivated from the same plant, but with a few distinctions in the growing and harvesting process that make it truly unique. Anywhere from 2-6 weeks before harvest, matcha is “shaded” to avoid direct sunlight. This process concentrates the chlorophyll in the leaves and gives them their bright green color.


Rather than being machine harvested, matcha leaves are picked by hand, and then ground into a bright green powder that is mixed with hot water, rather than being steeped like most tea leaves. By using the whole leaf, all of the nutrients are imparted into the tea, instead of being discarded after the standard tea steeping process. While green tea itself is an excellent source of antioxidants, those benefits are magnified in matcha tea, since you’re getting the nutrients from the whole tea leaf and not just its steeped essence. 


What are the Benefits of Matcha Tea?


Matcha tea has a host of health benefits, which include:


  • High antioxidant content: Because of the way it’s both processed and prepared, it’s estimated that match tea contains up to 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. By reducing free radicals in the body, antioxidant-rich foods reduce cell damage and may help prevent chronic disease. 

  • Boost in brain function: Whether due to its caffeine content or concentration of L-theanine, regular matcha consumption has been linked to improved reaction time, attention, and memory. In addition to perking you up, matcha can also promote relaxation and decrease stress levels. 

  • May help prevent cancer: While the reasons are unclear, matcha has been shown to slow tumor growth and decrease tumor size. More research is necessary to determine exactly what compound in matcha is responsible for these results, but theories are that it is due to matcha’s high epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) content, which has been shown to have anti-cancer properties.

  • Promotes weight loss: If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients of a weight loss supplement, green tea is featured in quite a few of them, and with good reason. Studies have shown that green tea can increase metabolism and contribute to fat burning when combined with moderate exercise. Since match and green tea are derived from the same plant, it’s likely that matcha has the same metabolism-boosting and fat burning effect. The best part is, when you combine the consumption of matcha with the daily self-care ritual of drinking tea, rather than taking a supplement, you’re getting the added bonus of rest and relaxation, which are so important to any fitness regimen. 

  • Reduces cholesterol and heart disease risk: Drinking matcha or green tea has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, which helps to lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Since antioxidants are also attributed to better heart health, the antioxidant content of matcha is likely a contributing factor to these health benefits as well. 

  • How to Prepare Matcha Tea and Why You Should Drink it Daily


    Whether you incorporate matcha into your daily routine as a method of self care or to reap its many health benefits, drinking matcha tea every day is a win-win situation. Not to mention, it's delicious, with a flavor that can be described as both mellow and complex, and can be prepared both hot and cold. 


    When matcha is consumed cold, it imparts a refreshing and smooth flavor, and the umami is enhanced. Preparing matcha cold is super easy - just mix the matcha with cold water and ice, and shake (pro tip - make sure your container has a lid!) Stirring alone may not completely dissolve the matcha when mixing it with cold water, so we recommend shaking vigorously. You can also use a whisk. 


    To prepare matcha hot, the ideal water temperature is hot, but not boiling. Unlike conventional teas which are steeped in boiling water to impart flavor, matcha is best mixed with water that has not been brought to a boil. Since the umami flavor is more complex when matcha is brewed with cooler water, using water that is too hot can ruin this delicate flavor. When preparing matcha, it’s better for the water to be too cool than too hot. 


    No matter how you choose to enjoy your matcha, we hope you’ll incorporate this delicious and flavorful beverage into your daily routine to enjoy its many health benefits as well as the relaxation of the tea-drinking ritual. 

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