Matcha is to green tea as smoothies are to juice
To understand matcha, you have to break down why it's unique. When you juice fruits and vegetables, you're throwing a lot of the nutrients in the trash. Green tea is similar, in that matcha is the full leaf. By choosing matcha, you're not leaving any part of the leaf behind, unlike green-tea bags, which are steeped then thrown away.
It's crazy-packed with antioxidants
And you're getting all of them, since you're retaining the whole leaf. One study found that matcha has at least three times the amount of catechins, a kind of antioxidant, as the highest recorded value of green tea, meaning many times more than the average cup. And as you know, antioxidants help prevent cancer, heart disease, and more -- you'll probably live forever if you drink matcha. Right?
It boosts your endurance
Like coffee, green tea has been shown to enhance physical capacity. Part of this is because of the caffeine, but it's also because green tea is chock-full of those catechins already mentioned, which may improve performance in athletic activities.