Other than some match(a)ing vowels and consonants, these two often get confused. Do they have anything in common?
While matcha and maca have gained popularity only recently in the health, food and beverage industry as energizing superfoods, they both have been utilized by indigenous populations for thousands of years.
Favored by Buddhist monks in Japan for its release of focused energy, matcha is an extremely high quality green tea. Because of the other active components in matcha, mainly antioxidants, phytonutrients and amino acids, the caffeine in matcha takes several hours to be fully absorbed into the bloodstream. This creates a “slow release” effect that provides the drinker with focused energy upon consumption, while avoiding the immediate jitters and eventual crash that some associate with coffee. Delicate in flavor and packed with antioxidants, matcha green tea leaves are ground into a powder. Matcha is available in a variety of “grades,” the highest of which being ceremonial grade, which possesses the most complex, delicate flavor.
The main benefits of matcha are:
- Enhance calm
- Boost memory and concentration
- Increase energy levels and endurance
- Burn calories
- Detoxify body
- Strengthen immune system
- Improves cholesterol
favorite by native Peruvians for a variety of functions, Maca is best known perhaps as an energy and libido booster. The world’s highest altitude growing plant, the maca root (about the size of a radish) is found 10,000 feet above sea level in the Peruvian mountains. Free of caffeine altogether, maca is a stimulant chemically comprised of amino acids, vitamins and minerals. the root has been used for nutritional and medicinal purposes for thousands of years, valued for its ability to increase energy, mood, stamina and fertility, as well as an overall feeling of well-being.
The main benefits of Maca are:
- Reduce menopause symptoms
- Improves sexual functions
- Supports mood
- Increase bone density
- Energy enhancers
The great thing about both, matcha and maca is that they both come in powder which can easily be added to your smoothies, teas, lattes and so forth. There are many ways you can start integrating both to your eating habits. Google it up to get some fun ideas!