The marvellous magic of Matcha Maiden’s Mix N Matcha blend goes far beyond its deliciously addictive taste and incredible versatility as an ingredient (in savoury foods, sweet foods and even skin scrubs). Matcha has long been hailed as a hero of health throughout Asia where it originated, but it is becoming increasingly widespread elsewhere in the world as its powerful properties become better known.
A particularly strong area for Mix N Matcha is in the antioxidant arena. There are many types of antioxidants, but the class known as catechins (which may be the most potent of all) are only found in green tea (and therefore in more concentrated levels in matcha powder, being simply a concentrated form of green tea). More commonly known antioxidant superstars pale in comparison to the magnificent matcha with its amazing ORAC rating of 1300 (ORAC is a measure of antioxidant efficiency of certain foods). Pomegranates have a rating of only 105 and blueberries, known widely as a high-antioxidant food, fall under 100 coming in at 93!!!
Antioxidants are better known for their cancer-fighting properties and their ability to assist with the elimination of harmful free radicals in our body. What people don’t as often associate antioxidants with is the fat-burning process. Many of us aren’t aware that antioxidants make an excellent post-workout supplement, due to their ability to help decrease cortisol levels. Cortisol is a stress hormone and chronically high cortisol levels (common in high-stress workplaces or though emotionally stressful periods) lead to the dreaded and difficult-to-move belly fat in both males and females. Mix N Matcha can therefore add “post-workout supplement” to its resume!
Many people become frustrated that they exercise and maintain a balanced diet but still can’t budge their belly fat. However, belly fat is very often a symptom of a highly stressed lifestyle and consequently high cortisol levels, rather than related to exercise or diet. This is where antioxidants come in – to decrease cortisol levels in the body and prevent this kind of weight gain. In a post-workout context, this applies even to entirely non-stressed individuals as we all experience physical stress during exercise which elevates cortisol levels. While this kind of stress is a healthier kind of stress, cortisol inhibits the muscle growth and toning that we want to achieve. Using high-antioxidant supplements like Mix N Matcha will help you better absorb protein and be more anabolic – that’s code for the state that helps you convert fat to lean muscle mass for toning and tightening!
Another way that chronically high cortisol levels can disrupt quality of life is through the interruption of sleep patterns. What we want to avoid is an inverse-cortisol relationship – where we have cortisol at the wrong time of day. Cortisol can be good in the morning – it’s a “fight or flight” hormone which can wake you up in the morning and in fact help burn belly fat earlier in the day. However, a boost of cortisol at night could keep you up until the wee hours of the morning which disrupts the body’s ability to repair itself and achieve the results you’re striving for. Having antioxidant-based drinks at night, like Mix N Matcha in its tea form, helps blunt cortisol levels and allow you to sleep. Mixing it with Melissa tea, also known as lemon balm tea, will put you into the right sleep state so that your cortisol levels don’t rise until the morning when cortisol can best play its catabolic role (i.e. eating away at fat).
Difficulty sleeping is not only caused by cortisol but is often generally a symptom of antioxidant deficiency in the diet. So consuming Mix N Matcha during the day and incorporating into your regular diet on an ongoing basis will tackle your sleep problems and ensure a higher quality of sleep from two angles. Mix N Matcha is basically just a solid all-rounder – it’ll help with workout recovery, losing belly fat, your sleep and fighting fat in the morning when you’re taking it at night. What’s not to love?
At time of the year when everyone is boozing and food sometimes isn’t the best I definitely recommend on getting on this:
With one of the highest profiles of anti oxidants it will help you, your brain and your belly feel better over the next couple weeks with the neglect you may be giving it I would add this to your breakfasts with a sprinkle over the top, or have it as a tea to help you sleep at night, or simply in a smoothie to boost the anti oxidant profile to help your body feel better.
So saying that, I would go right now straight to http://www.matchamaiden.com/and buy some to help you get your results in life and the gym and simply feeeeeeel amazing. It is part of my rituals in my daily life now and helped a lot with focus and sleep.
Coach Nik speaking to Team Matcha Maiden