What's the difference between Matcha and Maca - 2 Superfoods Compared - Teaologists

What's the difference between Matcha and Maca

by Suranjana Banerjee January 02, 2017

What's the difference between Matcha and Maca

Matcha and Maca - two superfoods that sound alike and yet, are very different.

Here’s how to distinguish between them and understand their individual health benefits.

First, Matcha.

What Is Matcha?

Matcha literally means "powdered tea. Matcha Green Tea is powdered green tea traditionally from Japan and China and made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia Sinensis plants. To make the fine powder, Matcha is steamed, de-stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground.


It’s one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It’s green tea in the purest, most concentrated form. 1 cup of Matcha tea has the health benefits of 10 cups of regular green tea.

Consumed in the East for thousands of years by the Rulers, Samurai, Bhuddist Zen monks, and even the general public, Matcha tea has an amazing ability to help people to be energised, composed and focused.

Since it is from traditional tea leveas, Matcha contains caffeine, however the caffeine content of Matcha is quite low compared to other caffeinated drinks and it’s actually different from the caffeine in coffee. In fact, the low content of caffeine along with the presence of L-theanine is how Matcha gives you a steady but slow boost of energy. Matcha’s caffeine binds with various nutrients in your body and releases into your bloodstream slowly over time. That leads to a boost of energy that lasts up to 6 hours.

Now, Maca:

What Is Maca?

Maca (scientific name: Lepidium meyenii) is a herbaceous plant that grows in the Andes of Peru and Bolivia, Maca looks a lot like an amalgamation of radish and beetroot. The part of the plant that’s used for consumption is the root.

Maca Teaologists


Maca is available in many colours such as cream, purple, gold, blue, green, red and black. Black maca is the one most valued among these.

Maca is an adaptogenic herb, which means it is loaded with stress-relieving properties.

Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76.5%
carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 8.5% fiber (indigestible carbohydrates). Maca provides high levels of nutrition, including:

  • Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
  • 20 free-form fatty acids
  • Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • Phosphorus
  • Manganese
  • Sulphur
  • Sodium
  • Seleniun
  • Iron

Maca is also a rich source of phytonutrients.

Maca can be added to various foods and beverages. Smoothies to chocolate bars, yoghurt to cupcakes, anything can be infused with maca! This flexibility is probably what makes it all the more popular.  

Maca Root can help with hormone balance, particularly with women. It can also aid fertility in both men and women. Clinical trials have demonstrated that Maca can have positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maca root also acts as a natural antioxidant, and boosts glutathione levels and SOD (superoxide dismutase) - recognised as two major disease fighters.

Difference Between Matcha and Maca:


  1. Is a tea
  2. Comes from Japan
  3. Flushes out toxins from your body
  4. Is rich in antioxidants, the most powerful one being EGCG
  5. Is not beneficial for hormone health
  6. Is not a libido-booster
  7. Boosts metabolism
  8. Has L-theanine which keeps you calm
  9. Stabilizes blood sugar
  10. Fights cancer
  11. Improves your concentration
  12. Removes free radicals from your body

  1. Slows down your ageing and cellular damage
  2. Contains caffeine in low quantity
  3. Does not re-balance hormones


  1. Is a root vegetable
  2. Comes from South America
  3. Doesn’t flush out toxins
  4. Is rich in antioxidants

  1. Is beneficial for hormonal health
  2. Is a libido-booster
  3. Does not boost metabolism
  4. Does not have L-theanine
  5. Does not stabilize blood sugar
  6. Does not fight cancer
  7. Does not improve concentration
  8. Does not remove free radicals from your body
  9. Does not slow down your ageing and cellular damage
  10. Does not contain caffeine
  11. Re-balances hormones

Matcha and Maca are two very different superfoods.

You may enjoy both or either, but no longer confuse them.

Teaologists is a specialist provider of Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea. If you have any more questions about Matcha you can reach us on social@teaologists.co.uk. 

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Suranjana Banerjee
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