However, apart from having such health-boosting properties, Matcha tea also contains other substances that can do more harm than good if not taken in at the right time.
Remember that the timing of your Matcha intake depends on the purpose for which you’re drinking it. Some people drink it for weight loss, whilst others drink it to improve focus. Some people consume Matcha for its antioxidants whilst others prefer to drink Matcha because it provides the goodness of 10 cups of green tea at one go.
Those of you who drink a cup or two of Matcha before you start your daily exercise routine, are doing it right. It’s the perfect way to ensure that you make the most of your workouts, the hard work that you put in.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition observed that consuming green tea increases the body’s capability of burning calories dramatically, upto 35-43%.
In a separate study, it was found that drinking green tea immediately before workouts helps the body burn up to 25% more calories.
The best part? Matcha can increase your physical endurance up to 24%, as a recent study points out.
All this, and no caffeine crash.
Before Your Work
Why was Matcha brought to Japan a thousand years ago?
It was brought to Japan because it has wonderful properties to help with concentration. During long hours of meditation, Zen monks would drink Matcha to stay focused and yet, calm. The modern life is affected by stress to such a degree that we are hardly ever fully restful. Matcha helps ease stress with its active ingredient “L-theanine”. It causes alpha waves in the brain that induces a state of relaxed alertness. You can imagine how helpful that would be for your work.
As an added benefit, Matcha improves your learning abilities and memory as well.
As An Afternoon 'Pick Me Up'
Think of Matcha as an energy drink that releases energy in your bloodstream very slowly. This means that regular Matcha drinkers experience an energy boost that lasts all day. Early researchers attributed this to the caffeine in Matcha. But modern studies have found that it's actually the mix of healthful natural properties that's responsible for the slow release of energy.
Times to Avoid
These are the best times to enjoy a bowl of Matcha and ensure you get all its goodness. Be sure to tell us about any other time of the day when you had consumed Matcha and have enjoyed its benefits.
Drinking Matcha at these times is a great way to avoid side effects. If you have had Matcha at some other time and haven’t experienced any side effects, share the great news with us. We’d love to hear from you.
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