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Matcha tea is made from the youngest leaves of green tea (Camellia sinensis), which are protected from the sun and then converted into a powder and therefore has a higher concentration of caffeine, theanine and chlorophyll, providing antioxidants to the organism.
Regular consumption of this tea can promote the general he alth of the body, this is because some scientific studies associate the consumption of matcha tea with improvements in brain function and weight loss, in addition to having a protective effect on the liver.
Matcha tea can be found in powder form or in tea bags in supermarkets, pharmacies, he alth food stores and online stores.
Benefits of matcha tea
Matcha tea can have several he alth 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;
- Increases metabolism, favoring weight loss, as it increases the rate of fat oxidation;
- May help reduce stress as it contains theanine;
- It can improve mood, memory and concentration, as the combination of theanine with caffeine present in the plant. Caffeine helps improve cognitive performance and alertness and theanine promotes relaxation, calms and reduces tension;
- Can promote liver he alth, as it helps regulate the metabolism of fats in the body, reducing their accumulation in the liver, in addition to containing antioxidants that protect liver cells of cancerous changes;
- Prevents premature aging, as it is rich in antioxidants;
- Helps control blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The benefits of matcha tea are still being studied, however most studies have shown that this plant actually has 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-to-drink 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 in everyday food.
A good tip to increase the effect of matcha tea to promote weight loss is to drink 1 cup of tea after 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 matcha;
- 60 to 100 ml of water.
Heat the water until the first bubbles start to boil, turn off the heat and wait for it to cool down a bit. Place in a cup already with the matcha powder, mixing until the powder is completely dissolved. To make the tea taste lighter, you can add more water to make about 200 ml.
You can also 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
- 1/2 cup orange juice;
- 1/2 cup soy or almond milk;
- 1 teaspoon matcha.
Beat all ingredients in a blender and serve chilled, preferably without sweetening.
3. Matcha Muffins
Ingredients (12 pieces)
- 2 cups of oat or almond flour;
- 4 tablespoons of baking powder;
- 2 teaspoons of s alt;
- 2 teaspoons matcha;
- 1/2 cup of honey;
- 360 ml of coconut or almond milk;
- 160 mL of coconut oil.
Mix the oat flour, baking powder, s alt and matcha in a bowl. In another container, mix the honey, milk and coconut oil. Then, incorporate the mixtures little by little, place on a muffin tray and leave in the oven at 180ºC for about 30 minutes.
Possible side effects
Matcha tea is considered safe when taken in moderate amounts. However, excessive consumption can cause headache, insomnia, diarrhea and irritability due to its caffeine content.
When not recommended
Consumption of matcha tea should be avoided by pregnant and lactating women and children. In addition, people with hypertension should drink this tea in excess, as it contains caffeine.