I talk about coffee all the time, but there’s something else I love for an afternoon pick-me-up: matcha tea powder. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d talk about this oh-so-green drink (it’s not just “sort of green” like green tea, but really green). It’s good hot but sometimes I just throw some in a blender bottle with cold water, shake it up, and go.
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Benefits of Matcha Tea Powder
You can make it hot or iced, plain or latte-style, OR you can get a little wild and put it in your ice cream or homemade cookies. It’d work well in smoothies, smoothie bowls, and shakes, too. Just make sure you’re buying matcha that doesn’t have a lot of fillers or sugar added to it. (You’d be surprised how many come packed with sugar!).
Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Matcha (I’ll go into more detail on that in a sec) doesn’t have any added sugar or fillers, but it does have some extra ingredients that come with their own wonderful benefits.
What are the benefits of matcha? You may experience:
- More stable energy
- Lifted brain fog
- Less anxiety (compared to coffee)
- Mental clarity
- Better memory
- Increased ability to concentrate
- Greater endurance
- Increased metabolism
- Strengthened immune system
Matcha Tea Caffeine Content
What is the matcha tea caffeine content?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how much caffeine is in matcha, but it’s about the same as green tea. That means each 8 oz serving contains about 30 to 50 mg of caffeine. To compare, the same amount of coffee typically has about 91 mg.
But more caffeine = more stuff done, right?
I joke about needing buckets of coffee sometimes, but more caffeine’s not always better, not even in the 8-oz cups. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve probably overdone it like I have at least once and ended up with jitters, a crash, and maybe even some irritability and that wired-but-not-focused feeling.
Matcha has L-theanine, too, which is a relaxing amino acid. Sounds like the opposite of what you want from an afternoon drink, right? Don’t worry, this amino acid complements the caffeine and keeps you chugging along with balance and focus. You’ll still have energy, but you won’t be bouncing in your seat, shaking your foot under your desk, or driving your co-workers insane by clicking or tapping your pen over and over (and over). In other words, you’ll get stuff done but no one will be agitated.
Because of the combination of caffeine and L-theanine, you won’t crash a couple of hours after you drink a cup. I’ve found that I’m less likely to have issues with anxiety when I trade my afternoon coffee for matcha. I do love coffee and I do tend to overdo it, so sometimes I make a conscious effort to cut back. Using matcha helps.
Why Is It So Green?
Matcha is green because of its high chlorophyll content. While chlorophyll is obviously a big deal to plants, it also affects us when we consume it–in a good way! Chlorophyll is one of the best detoxifiers for the body. It boosts the body’s ability to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to our cells.
Matcha is greener than green tea because matcha tea powder is actually that–leaves that have been stone-ground into powder to be mixed directly into water (or milk, or ice cream…)–and green tea is made with an infuser, which keeps the leaves out of your beverage as they steep in hot water.
Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Matcha
Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Matcha is especially intriguing because it not only has all the benefits of (ceremonial grade) organic matcha tea powder, but also includes Lion’s Mane (mushroom), Astragalus (a root), and ginger.
Benefits of Lion’s Mane
There’s one gram of dual extracted Lion’s Mane per serving of Four Sigmatic Mushroom Matcha. Benefits of Lion’s Mane include:
- A healthier brain
- Improved memory
- Enhanced creativity
Benefits of Astragalus
Interested in looking young forever? This root might help. Benefits include:
- Anti-aging properties
- Reduction of stress
- Immune system boost
- Supports the cardiovascular system
- Reduces inflammation
- May help slow or prevent tumor growth
Benefits of Ginger
I mean beyond the amazing zing of flavor, because that’s pretty obvious (can you tell ginger’s one of my favorite things?). 😉 There are 250 mg of organic ginger in each cup of Mushroom Matcha. Other benefits of ginger:
- Improved digestion
- Immune system support
- Relieves nausea
- Reduced inflammation
- May lower blood sugar
- May improve brain function
Is Matcha for You?
You won’t know until you try it! If you’re trying to cut back on coffee and/or love experimenting with new foods and drinks that enhance your overall well-being, definitely give it a try.
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