If you’ve been feeling like you’re slowing down lately or maybe you’ve been noticing a few new wrinkles and extra pounds around your middle, don’t let your doctor write it off as a normal part of aging.
There are natural ways to stay young, fit and energetic at any age and the number one way is a tea you’re probably not too familiar with…
Matcha tea is a powdered green tea that comes with a list of health benefits you have to see to believe.
But, most importantly, matcha revs up your metabolism, combats aging, detoxifies your body, and ramps up your energy safely — without the side effects of caffeine supplements.
The power of matcha tea
Much of the amazing benefits of matcha come from the fact that it has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
This is 137 times more free-radical scavenging, cancer- and inflammation-fighting and anti-aging power in one little cup of tea.
Matcha tea even beats out those superfoods you hear so much about, like goji berries, pomegranate and acai berries.
This is so important because these antioxidants in matcha tea clean up the damage that time, chemicals and other stressors have heaped on your body, reducing the effects of premature aging and preventing chronic disease.
Weight loss too?
Green tea has already been shown to help rev up your metabolism and accelerate fat loss.
And, considering that a single cup of matcha tea is the equivalent of drinking 10 cups of regular green tea, it’s easy to see how drinking matcha can help you stay fit and trim the easy way.
In fact, one study found that the compounds in this powdered tea can actually boost your body’s daily calorie burn by 4-5 times.
More energy as an added bonus
To top it all off, matcha can give you the energy boost you need without the caffeine jitters and keep you going longer without that mid-afternoon crash.
And, since matcha is a rich source of L-theanine that helps you focus and reduce stress, drinking matcha tea can even help you think better and lift the brain fog.
In fact, studies show that the combination of caffeine and L-theanine found in matcha improves cognitive performance and keeps you alert. We could all use a cup of that!
That perfect cup of matcha tea
Matcha can be used to make a yummy cup of tea or some really great smoothies.
To make matcha tea, just add 1-2 tsp. of the powder to a cup using a small sifter. Then add 2oz hot water or milk. For best results, use water just under a boil. Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag motion until the tea is frothy and add honey, stevia, or agave syrup to sweeten.
For a simple matcha smoothie, slice a banana into one-inch pieces and add it to a blender with 1 cup of milk (almond, cashew, or regular milk are fine), 5 ice cubes, and 1 tsp. of match powder and blend.
You can even use matcha powder in your baking to get more of its nutrients in your daily diet.
If you want to stay young, fit and energetic longer, matcha could be your answer. With its powerful antioxidants and metabolism boosting capabilities, it’s worth a try.
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Abdul G Dulloo, Claudette Duret, et al. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 70, No. 6, 1040-1045, December 1999.