Why You Should Be Drinking Matcha Tea

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Here’s the 411 on matcha

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We’ve found your new favorite tea flavor. 

It’s no secret that drinking tea on a regular basis provides a wide range of health benefits. It can help with weight loss, aid digestion, and boost your immune system.

You’re probably well familiar with well-known tea flavors green, black, and chai. Though these teas have their advantages, if you’re looking to truly obtain the benefits this drink can offer your body, we encourage you to explore all of your choices. That being said, we’d like to introduce you to your new go-to tea flavor: matcha.

Chains like Starbucks have recently added matcha tea to their menu, and this flavor is finally gaining the credit it deserves. But do you really know why it’s so healthy?

If you’re new to the matcha tea train, we’ve come up with three reasons why you should give it a try.

It Calms You Down

Sometimes, you just need to sit down, relax, and have a warm cup of tea. Luckily, matcha tea has been proven to help with relaxation and meditation. You can thank the amino acid L-theanine in the leaves used to make matcha for that one!

It Boosts Your Immune System

According to naturallivingideas, one bowl or mug of matcha green tea offers potassium, vitamins A and C, protein, and calcium. These nutrients give your immune system the kick it needs to fight off sickness and heal your wounds.

It Helps Your Memory and Concentration

L-theanine strikes again! This amino acid aids the production of serotonin and dopamine — two powerful neurotransmitters in your brain that help your memory, concentration, and the balance of mood levels.

The benefits of matcha tea are impressive, making it worth checking out for anyone interested in a healthy lifestyle. Curious about how you can incorporate it into your diet beyond its basic form? Check out some of our recipes.

The accompanying slideshow is provided by Jess Novak.