Matcha tea is the latest trend in food and beverages. The other day I went to a patisserie and came across matcha madeleines. Starbucks has Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte in its menu. I myself add a teaspoon or two of matcha into my morning breakfast smoothie.
For those of you who are not aware, Matcha is fine-powdered green tea, originating from Japan. It is produced from tea leaves that are cultivated away from direct sunlight for almost three weeks before harvest. Caffeine and epigallocatechin (EGCG) are the two main components of matcha which is also rich in theanine and arginine amino acids.
Matcha has gained popularity for being a rich pool of antioxidants, giving a tea love a caffeine kick as much as coffee, helping in fat burning, and most importantly helping reduce stress.
A paper, published in October 2018 in the journal Nutrients, says that matcha tea has stress-reducing functions in animals and humans. Theanine in matcha is responsible for this function. Its function is fortified by arginine. However, the caffeine present in matcha inhibits theanine’s effect.
Scientists, from corresponding tests on mice and humans against a placebo, found that matcha containing high amount of theanine and arginine shows high stress-busting effect. When theanine, arginine, caffeine, and EGCG are present in a molar ratio (caffeine-EGCG : theanine-arginine) of less than 2, matcha exhibits the optimal stress-reducing property in humans.
So tea lovers, you have a superhero to save your day. All you need to do is start your day with a cup of wholesome matcha and live your day stress-free.