What is Epic Matcha?

The Powers of Matcha

Matcha is a superfood—a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other natural health boosters. And drinking matcha is associated with enhanced mental function, disease protection, weight loss, and anxiety relief, to name a few.

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Here are some of the main benefits of drinking matcha:
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Anti-Aging: 
One serving of matcha powder contains more antioxidants than almost any other food on the planet. The ORAC value is an astounding 1384 in one serving (which is more than all of these superfoods combined: goji berries 253, spinach 26, dark chocolate 227, pecans 180, pomegranate 105, acai berries 55, wild blueberries 93). Antioxidants are special nutrients that protect your body’s cells against damage from free radicals (those pesky free radicals cause aging effects). Matcha is also rich in a unique type of antioxidants known as catechins (more on that below), which have powerful cancer-fighting properties and the ability to increase metabolism.

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Nutritionally Dense:
In addition to antioxidants, matcha also contains fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, chlorophyll, and polyphenols (naturally occurring micronutrients found in plants). And because matcha contains the whole green tea leaf finely grounded (and not a tea bag you throw away), you get 10x more nutrients in matcha vs brewed green tea.


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Natural Energy:
Your body processes the caffeine found in matcha differently than the caffeine found in other sources, such as coffee. That’s because matcha also contains a hefty dose of the amino acid L-Theanine. When caffeine and L-Theanine get together, they produce a sustainable source of energy that lasts 4-6 hours, along with a calm-yet-alert state of mind. Matcha promotes focus and concentration, without the jitters or crash of coffee.


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Reduces Stress + Boosts Mood:
 
L-Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in plants, including green tea leaves. It has been studied for its ability to reduce stress and boost mood. L-theanine is also associated with boosting the brain's Alpha waves, which is the brain's optimal state for enhanced mental focus, creativity, cognition and memory. It’s the element in matcha that creates a calming effect.


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Detoxifies the Body
 
Chlorophyll gives matcha its vibrant green color and is one of the reasons why matcha is so magical. Two weeks before harvesting the leaves, the tea plants are shaded, which boosts their chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll can help improve liver function, which helps to increase your body’s ability to detoxify. In addition to flushing out toxins, chlorophyll has also been shown to help with the excretion of heavy metals, dioxins, and other persistent chemicals, like PBC’s.

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Ignite Metabolism:
Burn 40% more calories with matcha. Because of its high content of catechins, matcha can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight – even while you sleep. Catechins help regulate your weight through thermogenesis and by oxidizing fat. Matcha can also improve your energy and stamina, and as a pre-workout drink, it can help you enjoy exercise.

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Creativity + Focus:
Epic Matcha can help you enjoy a natural, authentic sense of focus. In less than half an hour, you can experience a calming transformation. Your memory can improve. Your concentration can expand exponentially. And your creativity, which becomes unshackled, can blossom. You can benefit from all of this and more, because of Epic Matcha’s high concentrations of the amino acid, L-Theanine.

Elements of Matcha

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Here’s a little bit more about the elements that are found in matcha:
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Catechins: 
Catechins are phenols, aromatic organic compounds that provide green tea with its unmistakable flavor. Catechins are also natural antioxidants, with strong antibacterial qualities as well. These phytochemicals offer a fine balance of what you need to stay healthy and battle off the bad stuff. They're also what gives matcha its thermogenic qualities (boosting metabolism by up to 40%).

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Caffeine:
Matcha tea powder contains caffeine, a stimulant that you are likely quite familiar with. Naturally found in teas, coffee, chocolate and other foods, caffeine helps improve alertness, reduce anxiety and decrease stress. When caffeine from matcha combines with L-theanine (more on that below), magic happens. That's why you get a steady release of calm, focused energy - instead of the jitters and crash that coffee gives.

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Vitamins:
Matcha features a variety of vitamins, including vitamins B1, B2, C and E. Some also contain vitamin B6, a nutrient that improves metabolism, digestion, oxidation, immune system function, and cell repair (aka anti-aging). These vitamins are crucial components for a healthy functioning system, and consuming green tea products is an easy, enjoyable way to get them.

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L-Theanine: 
L-theanine is an incredibly powerful amino acid, which provides you with the same benefits of caffeine – without the crash that follows. Higher quality matcha powders and green teas contain higher levels of L-theanine. This is also the element that helps create Alpha waves in the brain, which is the optimal frequency for creativity, focus and concentration.

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Chlorophyll: 
Chlorophyll gives matcha its vibrant green color and is one of the reasons why matcha is so magical. Two weeks before harvesting the leaves, the tea plants are shaded, which boosts their chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll can help improve liver function, which helps to increase your body’s ability to detoxify. In addition to flushing out toxins, chlorophyll has also been shown to help with the excretion of heavy metals, dioxins, and other persistent chemicals, like PBC’s.

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Fluorine: 
Fluorine is a naturally occurring element. Remember the periodic table from high school science class? It's situated at atomic number nine on the chart. Fluorine is important for healthy kidney function, and matcha provides more fluorine than any other drink in the world.

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High Alkalinity: 
Matcha is also an alkaline food, which helps to balance your pH levels and allows your body to absorb more calcium, potassium, zinc and nickel. The pH of water is 5, and the pH of matcha is 9, which means it's 10,000 times more alkaline than water!

Nutrition Facts for Epic Matcha

Nutritional Facts: Below is a nutritional breakdown of the key ingredients in our organic Epic Matcha green tea.

Serving: One serving of Matcha green tea (1/2 tsp or 1 gram) offers approximately the following nutrients naturally:

Nutrients

  • Energy 3.24 Calories
  • Polyphenols 100mg
  • Protein 306mg
  • Lipids 50mg
  • Carbohydrates 385 mg
  • Tea Caffeine 25 mg
  • Dietary Fiber 385 mg
  • Theophylline 0.42 mg
  • ORAC Units 1384
  • Total Amino Acids 272 mg

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Vitamin A Carotene 595 mg
  • Calcium 4.2 mg
  • Vitamin A Retinol Equiv. 99.17 mg
  • Magnesium 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin B1 .06 mg
  • Potassium 27 mg
  • Vitamin B2 .0135 mg
  • Phosphorus 3.5 mg
  • Vitamin B6 .009 mg
  • Iron .17 mg
  • Vitamin C .6 mg
  • Sodium .06 mg
  • Vitamin E .281 mg
  • Zinc .063 mg
  • Vitamin K 29 mcg
  • Copper .006 mg

Matcha green tea contains over 10 times the nutrients compared to regular green tea, white tea, Rooibos tea and Yerba Mate. It also contains 137x the EGCGs (a type of catechin and polyphenol) than that which is found in regular green tea.

References

  • http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-011-9749-6_2
    http://europepmc.org/abstract/med/9194336
  • http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/chlorophyll-chlorophyllin
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774
  • https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28056735
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24993695
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21715508
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