Benefits of matcha tea and how to consume
Matcha tea is made from the youngest leaves of green tea (Camellia sinensis), which are protected from the sun and then converted into powder and therefore have a higher concentration of caffeine, theanine and chlorophyll, providing antioxidants to the body.
Regular consumption of this tea can promote the overall health of the body, because some scientific studies associate the consumption of matcha tea with improvements in brain function and weight loss, in addition to having been found to have a protective effect on the liver. Matcha tea can be found in powder form or in tea bags in supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores and online stores.
Benefits of matcha tea
Matcha tea can have several health benefits, including being verified through scientific studies. Some of the benefits of matcha tea are:
- Protects cells from the effects of free radicals, as it is rich in antioxidants, reducing the risk of developing chronic diseases and the risk of developing some types of cancer;
- It increases metabolism, favoring weight loss, since it increases the oxidation rate of fats;
- It can help to decrease and reduce stress, since it contains theanine;
- It can improve mood, memory and concentration, since the combination of theanine and caffeine present in the plant. Caffeine helps to improve cognitive performance and alertness and theanine and promotes relaxation, calms and reduces tension;
- It can promote liver health, as it helps to regulate the metabolism of fats in the body, decreasing its accumulation in the liver, in addition to containing antioxidants that protect liver cells from cancerous changes;
- Prevents premature aging, as it is rich in antioxidants;
- Helps control blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The benefits of matcha tea are still being studied, however, most studies have shown that this plant does indeed have several benefits for the body, and can be included in the daily diet.
How to consume
The recommended daily consumption is 2 to 3 tablespoons of matcha per day, which is equivalent to 2 to 3 cups of ready-made tea. In addition to being consumed in the form of tea, matcha can also be used as an ingredient in the preparation of cakes, breads and juices, being easy to incorporate into the daily diet.
A good tip to increase the effect of matcha tea to favor weight loss is to drink 1 cup of tea after practicing physical activity, as this keeps the metabolism active for longer, increasing weight loss.
1. Matcha tea
Matcha is sold in powder form and has a foamy appearance when it is prepared, in addition to having a slightly bitter taste.
- 1 teaspoon of matcha;
- 60 to 100 ml of water.
Heat the water until the first boiling bubbles start, turn off the heat and wait to cool down a little. Place in a cup with powdered matcha, mixing until the powder is completely dissolved. To make the taste of the tea lighter, you can add more water until it is about 200 ml.
It is also possible to add cinnamon or ginger zest to the tea to soften the flavor and enhance the tea's anti-inflammatory properties.
2. Tropical juice with matcha
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- 1/2 cup of orange juice;
- 1/2 cup of soy or almond milk;
- 1 teaspoon of matcha.
Beat all ingredients in a blender and serve ice cream, preferably without sugar.
3. Matcha muffins
Ingredients (12 units)
- 2 cups of oatmeal or almonds;
- 4 tablespoons of baking powder;
- 2 teaspoons of salt;
- 2 teaspoons of matcha;
- 1/2 cup of honey;
- 360 mL of coconut milk or almonds;
- 160 mL of coconut oil.
Mix oatmeal, baking powder, salt and matcha in a bowl. In another container, mix honey, milk and coconut oil. Then, incorporate the mixes little by little, place in a muffin tray and leave in the oven at 180ºC for about 30 minutes.