maca

 

Recently I was with a friend and we were discussing health and foods and eating healthy. She mentioned how she drank matcha tea and had a boost of energy. When I got home, I couldn’t remember…did she say “maca” or did she say “matcha?”  Were they the same? How were they different? Where did they come from? Which one was better? What was the health benefits of each?

Maybe you know. Or perhaps you only know about Yerba Mate which is something altogether different.

Naturally I had to find out!

Maca is a root vegetable that grows in South America. Its related to cabbage, kale and broccoli so I’m going to assume it tastes bitter. Its an “adaptogen, a natural product that increases the body’s resistance to physical and mental stressors, potentially useful in preventing a number of diseases. Maca’s nutrients include fatty acids, fiber, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals.”

Maca is used for stamina, endurance and hormonal balance. Helps with stress, and energizes naturally. Sounds good. I’m so glad I bought a jar of Maca pills!

Matcha is totally unrelated. This tea, Camellia sinensis, comes from Japan, its used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It has a long history dating back to the Tang dynasty. “The slow growth of plants cultivated for matcha also increases the content of theanine, an amino acid whose calming effects counterbalance the tea’s caffeine.”

Matcha fights cancer, burns fat, helps prevent aging, it contains loads of antioxidants and helps keep you calm yet alert. Its what monks drank to stay awake for long periods of time.

I need some Matcha in my life, stat! It seems like the perfect tea for mornings when I need to be wide awake but not buzzing around on too much caffeine. I am headed to the store to find some!  There are numerous places online to place an order. Let’s get some matcha into our lives!