WHY YOU SHOULD BE ADDING MATCHA TO YOUR MORNING ROUTINE
Matcha has fast become a staple in our morning routines.
For a lot of people, coffee is an absolute non-negotiable. But for others, it can leave them feeling panicked, jittery and restless. If you fall into the latter category, matcha can be a really effective alternative to coffee.
We are ALL for making the switch if you’re dealing with adrenal dysfunction or burn out, as the amino acid l-theanine found in matcha has GABA boosting effects. GABA is our calming neurotransmitter, also elevated with meditation, eating fermented foods and foods rich in vitamin B6.
It’s the combination of natural caffeine and l-theanine in matcha that makes it a great tool for productivity and focus, FREE from the jitters and potentially elevating stress hormones.
Furthermore, matcha green tea contains catechins, which are these wonderful antioxidant-rich flavonoids. These magical compounds are anti-inflammatory, may help reduce insulin resistance, improve cardiovascular health by reducing LDL cholesterol AND can inhibit 5 alpha-reductase.
5 alpha-reductase is responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), something that those with PCOS or symptoms of high DHT such as acne, hair loss or unwanted hair growth, might want to consider looking into.
These catechin flavonoids can also be incredibly helpful for mental health, as they can work on the enzyme that breaks down dopamine and serotonin (monoamine oxidase). As we previously mentioned, the l-theanine in matcha green tea can be incredibly helpful in cases of poor concentration levels and anxiety too.
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