To find your Zen you don't need to be a monk or rake a Zen garden. You can enhance your mood, boost your concentration and relax, with just a cup of Matcha green tea. Matcha has been used by Buddhist monks as a means to meditate and stay alert. Today, we know that their heightened state of consciousness is all thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine, which promotes the production of alpha waves in your brain to induce relaxation.
Made from young leaves picked from shade-grown plants, Matcha is considered one of the most powerful superfoods in the world. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (yeah, we know... it's fine, just call it EGCg), which is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. In fact, Matcha green tea contains 100 times the amount of EGCg found in other teas.
And as if all that's not enough, Matcha boosts metabolism, burns calories, strengthens your immune system and may lower cholesterol. So bake it in to your cakes, blend it into a smoothie, or host your own tea ceremony and don't you ever let your guests forget how much good you've done for them. Kanpai!