I have shared in the past that I in spite of loving coffee (I even did a barrister course while living in Seattle), my body does not metabolize it very well. I get moody, angry and my relationships suffer. I wrote about the 11 ways coffee impacts your hormones right here. I’m not demonizing coffee. I’m just saying: if your adrenals are pooped, you are always tired, don’t sleep well and suffer from hot flashes, there is something to look into. And reducing or eliminating coffee could be it.
As always, I don’t want to leave you with a list of DO-NOTs. That’s not empowering. I believe that when one door closes (like kissing coffee goodbye), another opens. In fact, I find that it’s often two or three doors that open. Matcha could be that new opening door for you.
Now, in spite of what you will read below about the healing properties of matcha, it still contains caffeine. In fact, quite a bit of it. If you react to caffeine or suffer from stage 3 adrenal fatigue, matcha is not the best option. As always, I’ve got another beverage suggestion for you right here: Almost Coffee Latte.
This is a guest article by my friend Dr. Mariza Snyder who is also the author of “The Matcha Miracle” (more on that below).
Let me tell you more about matcha. I was introduced to matcha green tea by my co-author and incredible health food junkie, Anna Zulaica. Being an amazing chef, she discovers new, healthy ingredients every day. When she began adding it to her daily regimen I knew that I needed to learn more about this highly potent, unique green tea from Japan.
In my research, as you will learn in my new book, I discovered that matcha is one of the most powerful and beneficial antioxidants in the world. No wonder people have been drinking it for a thousand years.
The health benefits of matcha tea
Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
An antioxidant powerhouse
One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
Why is matcha better than loose leaf tea?
Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable, that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green teas benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, the only way to truly take advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf.
But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just enjoy a bowl of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stone ground tea leaves, matcha provides you with green tea’s powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.
In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. When it comes to helping you achieve and maintain optimum health, matcha is without equal.
Adding matcha tea into smoothies
Matcha has incredible health benefits in just 1-2 teaspoons and is extremely easy to add to green smoothies every day. Get ready to boost energy, focus, and immunity with matcha.
You are going to love drinking matcha green smoothies, along with the recipes in our new book, The Matcha Miracle! Matcha is going to kick your nutrition into HIGH gear.
When shopping for matcha, make sure that it’s organic and high quality (at least kitchen grade or café grade). I personally purchase my matcha tea on Amazon for a great price.
The next step to this habit is getting started. Luckily, this habit will be one of the easiest habits you ever do for yourself and your health. When making your daily matcha green smoothie, you can store it for up to 24 hours in the fridge. All you need is a blender and good ingredients that are available at any grocery store.
It’s never been easier to find organic greens, frozen fruit and matcha green tea. Lastly, you need some delicious recipes. Below is my personal favorite matcha green smoothie recipe that I can’t wait for you to ENJOY.
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- 3 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup frozen/fresh mango
- 15 mint leaves
- 1.5 tsp organic matcha green tea powder
- ½ cup frozen/fresh strawberries
- ½ banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup of water
- Throw in a blender and blend to desired consistency.
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What brand do you buy on Facebook? I’m looking for an organic cafe grade as well ? Thanks
Hi Suzy, I get mine on Amazon from DoMatcha organic, ceremonial tea. I also like the Teavana brand, great quality.
In the USA, where can I buy this?
Many health food stores carry matcha tea but you can also find it on Amazon or Vitacost.com.
Here is a good organic brand: http://www.amazon.com/Matcha-Tea-Organic-Premium-Ceremonial/dp/B00V9FJZMY/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1451355089&sr=8-7&keywords=matcha+tea+organic
I have been lot of woman coming from an intermittent fasting (paleo approach) path. How do you think intermittent fasting can affect women hormone balance? Thanks you! Best, Flora
I recently tried matcha tea and have read about many health benefits of it, but after a couple of weeks of drinking it I started getting headaches. Would this be because it would be detoxing? I quit drinking it and didn’t have any more headaches? Thanks
It sounds like you had a reaction to the matcha tea. I’m glad you are listening to what your body is telling you. Although matcha tea can be beneficial, some people, like you may be sensitive to it. Anytime you try something new, it is a good idea to take some time to listen to your body’s feedback on it. 🙂
Matcha still has a lot of caffeine so that can dehydrate you. Make sure you drink a lot of water. I tend to drink a sip of water for every sip of caffeine. 🙂
Is there a way to drink matcha tea other than in a smoothies ?
You can also drink it as a hot tea, an iced tea, or if you add a non dairy milk, it can become a wonderful latte, Magdalena has a recipe in her cook book for a Matcha Tea Frappe and a dessert she created called Green Tea Lime Melties https://hormonesbalance.com/?s=melties -they are very good! ~Deanna HB Team
I am going through menopause and have had hot flushes for the last 3 years, have been trying to give up coffee to help reduce the flushes, but I enjoy the caffeine hit too much, so I swapped coffee for matcha (so I could still get some caffeine) and have had way less hot flushes, don’t know whether it was stopping coffee or drinking matcha but it’s working! I tried the one at woolies but it was grainy, and got this one high quality from https://www.heymatcha.com.au/
It is a little expensive but cheaper than my double shot long black🤪
That’s great, Dianne. I’m happy to hear you’ve found an alternative that works for you! 🙂
Healthy Regards, HB Team
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Is there a particular brand that is higher in the hormonal balance? Looking for recommendations please.
Magdalena recommends this brand: https://amzn.to/2Ru4DHw
Healthy Regards, HB Team
Should women on Estrodiol and Progesterone avoid Matcha ?
Hi Carol, you do not need to avoid matcha when taking estradiol or progesterone. ~HB Support