3. Supplies Energy
Unlike coffee, matcha slowly releases caffeine over several hours as opposed to all at once, so you feel energized all day (6). This is because it contains L-theanine, which can also improve focus. Other tea varieties contain this amino acids is significantly lower quantities. A recent study found that : “. . . taken throughout the day [green tea] significantly benefit speed of perception and more consistent levels of simple task performance. L-theanine appears to antagonize the stimulatory effects of caffeine by decreasing seratonin levels that have been artificially elevated by caffeine.” (7)
4. Supports Skin Health
Matcha polyphenols have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may help prevent the development and growth of skin tumors (8). It’s also said to have a positive effect in protecting the skin against UV damage and premature aging (9).
5. Fights Stress
L-theanine, mentioned above, is also responsible for increasing alpha brain wave activity, which promotes relaxation (10).
A study published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy found that :
“increased alpha activity in the brain induced by L-theanine has been associated with increased creativity, increased performance under stress, and improved learning and concentration as well as decreased anxiety.” (11).
6. Improves Memory function
A study provided by the Nation Institute of Health (12) concluded that:
“Our findings provide first evidence for the putative beneficial effect of green tea on cognitive functioning, in particular, on working memory processing at the neural system level by suggesting changes in short-term plasticity of parieto-frontal brain connections.”
7. Boosts Immune Function
The EGCG that matcha contains causes a higher production of regulatory T cells, the immune system’s first line of defense (13).
“Epigenetic regulation can be potentially exploited in generating suppressive regulatory T cells for therapeutic purposes, and is of significant clinical importance for the suppression of autoimmune diseases,” reports Science Daily.