We spent a lot of time doing research into which different types of tea would be the most effective in our goal of helping people get healthier and feel better while supporting their athletic goals. Ultimately, we landed on Matcha and a rare Oolong tea as the basis of our tea blends for several reasons:
Matcha is, quite simply, ground up green tea leaf. Because you are consuming the entire tea leaf, rather than steeping in a bag (which results in less than 20% of the active compounds in tea being drawn out), you are getting 100% of the benefits of the tea leaf.
High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, and preventing a number of life-threatening health issues. Antioxidants are in foods such as raw fruits, green veggies, and dark chocolate. Matcha provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method in just 1 cup compared to the same volume of other foods. When you drink matcha, you get 300% (we never exaggerate) more antioxidants than in a cup of regularly brewed tea.
Oolong tea, on its own, is one of the most antioxidant rich beverages one can consume. GABA oolong, however, is a single-origin full leaf tea that combines the nerve calming effects of GABA with the numerous health benefits of Oolong.
GABA (Gamma Amino Butyric Acid) is one of the main neurotransmitters for the Central Nervous System and helps stop or slow excitement in the CNS. Most anti-anxiety medicines simply stimulate the body’s internal GABA transmitters to help calm and de-stress patients. A little over 20 years ago, scientists in Japan exposed tea leaves to nitrogen during processing and the result was incredibly high levels of GABA being produced within the leaves.