Coffee fiends, meet your Matcha: An antioxidant-rich green tea that gives you energy without the crash so you can clip in and go go go all day long.

There is a new drink in town, and it promises to combine the antioxidant power of tea with the energizing benefits of coffee without the caffeine crash. Meet Matcha, our newest health craze crush. You’ve seen models sipping it at New York Fashion Week and major news publications proclaiming it The Next Big Thing in beverages.

Why all the hype? We did the research on the newest rockstar drink to hit your mug.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is an Instagram-ready, bright green beverage made from Japanese tea leaves ground into a fine powder. Devotees claim that using the whole leaf means it packs more antioxidants and nutrients than normal tea. It can be served hot, iced, in latte form… pretty much any way you’d drink your coffee. Matcha powder is also a delicious way to add a nutritional boost to your smoothies. Yum!

Health benefits of Matcha

1.    Metabolism boost

Matcha contains ECGC, a specific type of antioxidant known to boost metabolism. A study from the University of Colorado found Matcha has 137 times more ECGC per serving than normal green tea. Drink up!

2.    Energy without crashing

Like coffee, Matcha has caffeine -- a cup of Matcha has roughly the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee -- but Matcha also packs a secret weapon: Theanine, an amino acid that brain studies show creates an alert but relaxed state. Just like that post-ride high.

3.    Antioxidants

Matcha is rich in polyphenols, a type of antioxidant credited with protecting the body from cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Bonus: Polyphenols are also great at regulating blood sugar and reducing blood pressure. Score!

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