These two superfoods have been increasing in popularity, but I have noticed them being used interchangeably. Maca and Matcha sound similar and are most commonly seen in a powder form, but are they the same? Let us have a look.
This root-like vegetable that is related to broccoli, is grown in the high mountain regions of Peru. Besides being extremely rich in key nutrients, its benefits also include hormone balance, immune system booster, increased energy, and it supports mood. Additionally, it is known to aid in fertility and acts as an aphrodisiac. I have been told that consuming maca makes us feel more alive, which is due to the releasing of the “feel good” endorphins. Why have I not been using maca everyday?
Matcha is made when green tea leaves are ground into a fine powder, hence the bright green color. It is more concentrated than green tea and so it provides a potent source of nutrients, especially antioxidants. One of the best benefits, well maybe not the best, is the caffeine amount packs a punch. It slowly releases into the bloodstream, allowing us to remain alert and focus for longer without the feeling of the “coffee jitters”. And so some of the benefits include an increase of energy and concentration, calming effect, and strengthening on the immune system. I typically rely on my morning coffee, but I think I will start adding matcha powder to my smoothies!