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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.

Matcha cake
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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.

Matcha green tea
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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.

22 Replies to “Matcha the stress buster”

  1. I’ve bought match ice cream, teas etc as they’re everywhere but I might need to buy the actual powder and incorporate it in my smoothies.

  2. Now they also use it just as much in skincare. I have a matcha infused face cream and I also love o drink it as a tea.

  3. Interesting post. I drink tea occasionally, and I have tried matcha a few times. I did not know it was a stress buster, so I guess I will have to drink more of this tea from now on.

  4. Oh, I love matcha. Been buying matcha even before aside from its delicious taste it has given us alot of health benefits.

  5. This is good to know. I have been living a stressful three weeks and I really need to find ways to relieve me of this anxiety. I would rather go the natural route than to take pills. I am going to get some matcha tea later today.

  6. OMG! This looks absolutely delicious. Now, I am badly craving for one. I love matcha and this is just the perfect dessert.Happy to know it can help us manage stress too.

  7. I had no idea what macha is! Will try it for sure. Have you tried green coffee? What are your thoughts on it? I’ve only tried one brand and I personally feel it’s tasteless and haven’t seen any difference.

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