I have always had slightly difficult relationships with Matcha; you know it’s very good for you but its taste and smell are quite unusual to say the least. So I was a little sceptical when I came across Matcha by BLOOM. But it has changed my perception of this wonderful product dramatically, and now I have a warm cup of almold milk with Bloom Supercharge Matcha almost every day.
BLOOM’s Supercharge Matcha is indeed special: it’s a combination of powdered matcha green tea, maca root and guarana. The result is energizing green tea powder that’s naturally high in protein and fibre with no added sugars but contains naturally occurring sugars.
Drinking a cup of green tea is healthy but many of insoluble nutrients remain trapped within the tea leaves that are wastefully thrown away. The Japanese solved this dilemma by grinding green tea leaves into a very fine powder called Matcha that’s whisked into hot water to make tea. The result is no leaves – no waste – only a nutrient-rich cup of concentrated green tea that’s naturally high in protein and fibre, low in sugars, fat-free and salt-free.
And did you know that half a teaspoon of matcha contains more antioxidants (per gram) than goji berries, dark chocolate, pecans, walnuts, pomegranate, wild blueberries, acai berries, broccoli and spinach combined?!
There are thousands of reasons why you should also add matcha to your daily diet. Here’s what it does:
- Reduces stress and anxiety Despite matcha containing a low 30mg caffeine, it is regulated by L-Theanine (amino acid), which doesn’t stimulate cortisol (stress hormone) like caffeine from coffee does. Instead, it promotes relaxed awareness without the drowsiness caused by other calming products.
- Boosts memory and concentration It has been said that L-Theanine increases the production of dopamine and serotonin which enhances mood, promotes better concentration and improves memory for up to 4 hours.
- Promotes younger looking skin Studies have shown that matcha delivers a massive amount of antioxidants per gram, which can help reduce tissue damage caused by UV radiation and pollution for a natural ‘anti-aging’ regime. Matcha has true bioavailability, which means the body actually absorbs the nutrients consumed.
- Clean energy release Endurance from matcha’s slow release caffeine can last up to 4 hours as L-Theanine prevents any caffeine spikes and downers, unlike coffee and sugary energy drinks.
- Burns calories Research has proven that matcha has been shown to increase thermogenesis, the rate at which our bodies’ burn calories, from 10% to 40% of daily energy use. Matcha can boost metabolism and burn fat by up to four times without raising blood pressure or heart rate and its alkaline, which helps your body’s PH balance too.
- Potent detoxing The green tea leaves used to make matcha are shaded at the latter stage of growth, which spikes chlorophyll and amino acid production. Chlorophyll fortifies the Immune System and also removes heavy elements and harmful chemicals from our bodies.
- Actively fights cancer Scientists have discovered that matcha contains EGCg catechins (antioxidants) recognised for their cancer fighting properties and studies show matcha contains 100 x more EGCg than any other tea.
- Strengthens the immune system Matcha also contains trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), chlorophyll, and is a source of dietary fibre and has as little as 3 calories per serving. Research has shown that catechins present in matcha have antibiotic properties that build a stronger Immune System to defend against viruses.
- Improves cholesterol balance Medical research papers have shown that matcha can lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Naturally high in fibre Matcha contains a high level of dietary fibre which is absorbed straight into the body to help maintain a healthy gut. This is particularly important for stabilising blood sugar levels and easing constipation.