Written by Tiffany La Forge.
Medically reviewed by Natalie Butler, R.D., L.D
Sipping matcha daily can have a positive impact on your energy levels and overall health.
Unlike coffee, matcha provides a less jittery pick-me-up. This is due to matcha’s high concentration of flavonoids and L-theanine, which increases the brain’s alpha frequency band and produces relaxing effects by raising serotonin, GABA, and dopamine levels.
Research suggests that L-theanine is especially helpful for high levels of stress and anxiety, increasing relaxation without causing drowsiness. These effects have even been found at doses given in a cup of tea.
In addition, L-theanine does some amazing things when paired with caffeine, à la matcha — the amino acid can help improve cognitive function and increase focus and alertness. So sipping matcha is great before a hectic work day or when cramming for a test.
Matcha is rich in the antioxidant catechins, a plant compound found in tea. In fact, matcha has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants among superfoods according to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) test.
This makes matcha great at fighting free radicals, preventing cancer and protecting the heart.
Learn how to make a matcha latte with this easy, 3-ingredient matcha latte recipe! It's creamy, cozy, and filled with antioxidants - perfect for cool days.