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.
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 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:
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.
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