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Amino Z Matcha Green Tea Powder (Organic)
Over the last few years matcha green tea powder has become a staple in the supplement regimes of elite athletes and gym junkies across the globe -- but what is it, and why is this the case?
What is Matcha Green Tea Powder?
Any of you who have travelled to Japan would be acutely aware that matcha tea is a type of green tea.
However, it differs significantly from normal green tea in both the way it is produced and the way it is consumed. Rather than coming in leaf form, matcha tea is made by taking very young green tea leaves and then grinding them up into a power.
And then if you want to drink it, you simply add the powder to hot water and guzzle it down.
Simple and effective.
It is also important to note that the way in which matcha tea leaves are grown is a little different. Instead of being exposed to sunlight right up until picking time, they are completely covered by shade for about a month beforehand.
And this is actually super important when it comes to its benefits.
See, when tea plants get less exposure to sunlight, they increase their production of the compound “chlorophyll”. This boosts the amino acid content of the plant -- enhancing its health and performance benefits.
So, what are these benefits?
1. Energy Booster
There is some solid evidence demonstrating that matcha tea powder can boost cognitive function and seriously improve energy .
For very good reasons, I should add.
The obvious reason is matcha tea actually contains caffeine. While it does not contain quite as much as coffee, it does contain more than enough to increase in attention, focus, and mental clarity.
All of which contribute to a potent sensation of “energy boosting”.
The less obvious reason is that it also contains an amino acid known as l-theanine.
L-theanine is a potent compound that increases sensations of mood and mental acuity. However, it does so in a manner that mitigates many of the hyperactive and “jittery” effects that people experience with caffeine.
The results are a potent, clean, form of energy that is super effective.
2. Faster Fat Loss
There is a good reason as to why green tea based supplements are in every fat burning supplement on the planet -- because they work .
And matcha green tea powder is exactly the same.
As I have already outlined, matcha tea contains caffeine.
This alone has been shown to cause an immediate increase in energy expenditure after consumption. But more importantly, matcha tea powder also contains several antioxidants that have been shown to promote fat metabolism -- which is the process by which your body breaks down fat for energy.
Collectively this means that matcha tea powder both helps you burn more energy on a daily basis and ensures that more of that energy is derived from fat.
If your goal is to get as lean as humanly possible, then matcha green tea powder should be a staple in your supplement regime.
3. Better Gym Performance
Now, it is also important to note that the same polyphenols that help improve fat loss also have an impact on exercise performance.
When it comes to lower intensity exercise performance, fat is your body's primary source of energy. And because it can increase fat metabolism, matcha green tea powder can in turn improve your endurance [3, 4].
Translating this to the gym, this means it could allow you to compete more total volume per training session, which is highly likely to improve muscle growth.
Additionally, the caffeine content in matcha green tea powder will also cause some direct improvement in force production. This means more reps performed per set, or more weight on the bar  -- which again, could lead to more strength and more growth.
So the next time you are thinking about slamming an energy drink before your workout, maybe look to matcha tea instead.
4. Improved Mental Health
Lastly, in conjunction with its impact on mental energy, the L-theanine found in matcha tea also appears to have a significantly positive impact on mental health.
Recent research has shown that taking l-theanine every day over a four week period can cause huge improvements in emotional well being. Importantly, this appears to occur with reductions in stress, and reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety 
All of which suggests that matcha green tea powder could be one of the best bang for your buck supplements on the entire planet.
Is Matcha Green Tea Powder Safe?
As far as supplements go, matcha tea powder is very safe.
However, because it does contain caffeine, it's over consumption may lead to headaches, jitteriness, and irritability.
You should also pay close attention to where your matcha powder is sourced. If it was grown in poor quality soil, then it may contain higher amounts of fluoride and lead than would be desirable.
As such, make sure you seek the best quality options you can find.
Matcha green tea powder could be one of the most versatile supplements in existence. With the ability to improve exercise performance, boost fat loss, enhance energy, and even improve mental health, it really can do it all.
1. Dietz, Christina, Matthijs Dekker, and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman. "An intervention study on the effect of matcha tea, in drink and snack bar formats, on mood and cognitive performance." Food research international 99 (2017): 72-83.
2. Venables, Michelle C., et al. "Green tea extract ingestion, fat oxidation, and glucose tolerance in healthy humans." The American journal of clinical nutrition 87.3 (2008): 778-784.
3. Richards, Jennifer C., et al. "Epigallocatechin-3-gallate increases maximal oxygen uptake in adult humans." Medicine and science in sports and exercise 42.4 (2010): 739.
4. Willems, Mark Elisabeth Theodorus, Mehmet Akif ?ahin, and Matthew David Cook. "Matcha green tea drinks enhance fat oxidation during brisk walking in females." International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism 28.5 (2018): 536-541.
5. Grgic, Jozo, et al. "The influence of caffeine supplementation on resistance exercise: A review." Sports Medicine 49.1 (2019): 17-30.
6. Hidese, Shinsuke, et al. "Effects of L-Theanine Administration on Stress-Related Symptoms and Cognitive Functions in Healthy Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Nutrients 11.10 (2019): 2362.
Total Serves per Package: 50
Serving Size: 5.0000g
|Per 5g Serve||Per 100g|
|Energy||66 kJ||1320 kJ|
|Protein||1.5 g||30.6 g|
|Carbohydrate||1.9 g||38.5 g|
|Complex Carbs||1.9 g||38.5 g|
|Sugar||0 g||0 g|
|Fibre||1.9 g||38.5 g|
|Fat||0.3 g||5.3 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0 g|
|Caffeine||115.5 mg||2310 mg|
|Sodium||0.3 mg||6 mg|
Matcha Green Tea Powder (Organic)
Mix 1 serve with 250mL of water and mix well with a shaker.
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
Lab Test Results
Product quality and transparency is at the heart of our values. Below you will find the independent third-party lab tests we have published relevant to this product.
Ingredient Lab TestsMatcha Green Tea Powder (Organic): Lab test date: 25/09/20
Matcha Green Tea Powder (Organic): Lab test date: 14/05/20
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