I drink coffee, as I look into my crystal ball I don’t ever see a time when I’m not going to have a coffee, LOL. Most of us have a morning kick starter, Starbucks, homemade, a juicer… That’s great you shouldn’t give it up. One of the best parts of having freedom is the ability to enjoy simple pleasures when we want, like coffee. Did I mention I drink coffee? Okay on with the show…
What is Matcha?
Matcha or maccha is a finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder with the scientific name Camellia sinensis. It is prepared from a high-quality shade-grown leaf known as tencha.  The tea bushes are sheltered to avoid the exposure of direct sunlight which reduces the pace of photosynthesis and slows down the growth of plants. This provides the leaves with a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids. L-theanine, a unique amino acid present in this green tea, possesses anti-anxiolytic properties, which assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves enhance mood, encourage relaxation, induce a profound feeling of mental clarity, and help achieve an alert state of mind.
Here is a short article I found about how Matcha tea can help with anxiety: As a consumer of Starbucks products I can tell you they do have a Matcha Green Tea drink on the menu, I’ve tried it with almond milk and its pretty dam good, albeit super sweet. Matcha Tea has been used for years in Japan to treat all sorts of aliments. Like many things from the east, there are not a lot of clinical studies to affirm the positive effects, but you know if something didn’t work it wouldn’t be used for hundreds of years.
The bottom line is we are looking for ways to reduce our anxiety, if we can do that we might be able to stave off depression. MAtcha Tea has plenty of other health benefits as well, it has antioxidants a great vitamin profile and is high in dietary fiber. It’s worth a try, maybe sometime this summer you can experiment with a matcha tea drink and who knows maybe you will love it. It might not be the end all be all but it’s good for you and it might help with anxiety.
I’m not giving up my coffee, but I did like that iced matcha tea with almond milk that would be awesome on a hot day! Not you’re cup of tea? (har har) okay well you can always have hot tea too. Try something new, who knows where it might lead.
One day at a time…..