We know the importance of physical health – we spend a lot of time and money trying to be as healthy as possible with our choice of food and exercise, but what about the health of our brain? Although the brain makes up just 2% of the body’s weight, it uses around 20% of its energy. So what are you feeding it? You may have recently started to hear about Matcha and its brain boosting powers, but just what is it and how does it keep our brains healthy? Oli Peacock from Vivid Drinks is here to share all the secrets with you.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is simply pure, high-grade green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. The process is quite delicate – they are partially shaded for 3 weeks before they are picked. Since the leaves receive less sunlight, they have to use what does get through more efficiently. This causes them to produce more chlorophyll which is what gives Matcha its vivid green colour. It is also what gives the tea its super-power qualities. The stems and veins are then removed from the leaves, so only the good stuff is ground into a powder.
Why Drink Matcha?
Matcha contains caffeine and L-theanine, the combination of which provides a sustained, natural energy boost. The caffeine in Matcha boosts cognition, but it is the L-theanine that is its real super-power. L-theanine is a unique amino acid that stimulates alpha waves in the brain commonly associated with producing a calm, relaxed and settled mind. Green tea is the only dietary source of L-theanine and is found in its highest doses in Matcha.
Four recipes to enjoy Matcha
Straight up matcha tea
Mix a small teaspoon of powder with hot water and you’re good to go. Matcha can taste rather bitter depending on the powder quality, but you can always sweeten things up by adding natural sweeteners like honey. Try Vivid Drink’s take on it for superb flavoured ice-cold matcha tea!
Mix a small shot of Matcha tea with hot milk and you’ve got yourself a latte. Surprisingly easy to make at home yourself. Equally delicious with almond or coconut milk if you’re lactose-free or vegan.
Stirred into a smoothie
Slip it into your daily routine by just stirring a teaspoon into a smoothie for a boost to body and brain!
Try sprinkling the powder on your porridge or on top of your morning yoghurt with granola.