Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Health Benefits of Matcha Green TeaYesterday I wrote about what matcha green tea is, but didn’t touch on why it’s good for you. Today, I’ll explore a couple of the health benefits of matcha green tea. You might assume that since matcha green tea is essentially just green tea, its benefits would be the same, but that isn’t necessarily the case.

Because matcha green tea requires you to stir entire ground leaves into the water rather than removing them after steeping, your body is obtaining all of the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that you would otherwise be throwing away. Don’t think that this increases the caloric count of the tea either, because matcha green tea has virtually no calories, making it the perfect choice for anyone who’s on a diet or trying to lose weight.

Matcha green tea is an excellent drink to consume before any workout, ideally around 30 minutes prior. Matcha is a natural energy booster that does contain more caffeine than a regular cup of green tea (though less than a cup of coffee) but it won’t give you any of the negative side effects or nervous, jittery energy from drinking coffee.

If you’re looking to lose weight, matcha can help with that as well. Matcha green tea is a natural appetite suppressant and it speeds up the body’s metabolism too. Drinking a cup half way through the day will help tide you over until lunch or dinner and help you burn calories as well.

These are just a few of the health benefits of matcha green tea that I thought would appeal to you guys the most since my blog focuses a lot on losing weight and getting in shape. If you would like me to dive a little deeper into the health benefits matcha green tea provides, let me know!

What is Matcha Green Tea?

What is Matcha Green Tea?I’ve written about some upcoming products that Onnit has in the pipeline, but one that I haven’t written about yet is the Onnit Matcha Green Tea. When I first heard about it, I thought “oh, that’s the tea that Joe Rogan used to talk about on his podcast all the time” but I was wrong. The tea that Joe used to frequently mention is kombucha, which is entirely different than matcha green tea, so I’ll save that for its own blog post.

I know that I’ve never seen this tea on any of the shelves at my local supermarket, and that’s likely because matcha is more expensive than most teas. Generally, the more expensive it is, the better quality it is. The quality of the tea depends on which leaves from the tea bush are used. Better, higher quality, more expensive matcha teas will use leaves from the top of the bush where the soft, growing leaves are receiving the majority of the nutrients from the tea bush.

But how exactly is matcha green tea different from regular old green tea? Well, the tea leaves used in matcha green tea come from the same tea bush as other types of green tea. How they differ is in the preparation of the leaves. Some people submerge whole tea leaves directly in the tea cup. Others take the streamlined route and buy single serving bags from the grocery store. But matcha is a little different. Matcha is green tea leaves that have been ground into a very fine powder.

I’ve never been much of a tea guy, but I do know that traditionally tea is served with a cup of hot water and a bag. You dunk the bag into the water, let it sit for a while, and then take it out. That’s not how it works with matcha tea, though. Instead, you scoop a little bit of the matcha green tea powder right into the water, whisk it until all the powder has dissolved, and then you drink it. Matcha looks unlike any tea I’ve ever seen, with an intensely bright green color. Now that is what I imagine the Hulk’s loads look like! Steamy, frothy, green, and a little scary to drink!

Foods That Fight Depression

Foods That Fight DepressionI was diagnosed for depression a while ago and while I could have started taking pills to feel better, I opted against it. I don’t want to go the rest of my life having to take a pill each day to feel better, so I looked into the alternatives, such as supplements like Onnit’s New Mood and Alpha Brain to improve my mood, and foods that help battle depression as well.

I’m definitely an emotional eater, and when I’m in a funk, there’s nothing I crave more than junk food. Unfortunately though, it’s a vicious circle, as I feel better at first but ultimately end up crashing and hating myself for giving into my cravings. Fortunately, there are some foods out there that will have a positive impact on your mood.

B vitamins—specifically B6 and B12—have been found to have a positive impact on depression. Foods that are rich in B6 and B12 include eggs, which are also packed with protein and will help you feel satiated longer and stabilize your blood sugar. Foods that are rich in magnesium, such as kale, spinach, peanuts, almonds and suflower seeds are full of magnesium which helps with serotonin production, a chemical in the brain that helps us feel good.

Adding green tea to your diet can also have a relaxing effect on the body, despite the caffeine content which many people find makes them edgy. L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that can improve focus while helping the body to remain calm. I begin each day with Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee to kick start my morning and have a big cup of green tea at the end to help me wind down, and I’ve found that it truly does help me relax and unwind.