Sunday 31 August 2014

Teapigs: Super Power Green

   I reviewed Teapigs not long ago, but I actually wanted to revisit them and look at one of the products in particular: Super Power Green.
    I've already said how good matcha is for you, but Teapig's super power green matcha powder has a few points I think are worth repeating here:

1) Tea powder uses the entire leaf. When using a teabag, the majority of the leaf gets thrown away. The powder is more concentrated and contains more good things than a teabag does, and is a better option than ordinary green tea, too - one number I can't get my head around is that matcha powder has 137 times more antioxidants than ordinary green tea!
2) The energy boost. I used to drink those sugar- and caffine-filled energy drinks when I was younger but they never did anything. I never felt more energised, even when I tried to be (mind over matter) and all I did was gain weight. What annoys me about these energy drinks more is that they're so easily available, and all these 12 year olds run around with them and think they 'need' them. Ahem. Matcha can give you an energy boost for 4-6 hours, but while giving you an energy boost, is also calms your mind so that you can stay focused. Keep in mind the fact that Buddhist monks have been drinking powdered matcha tea for centuries, and that's a fact that certainly strikes a tune with me and my interest in Ancient China and Feudal Japan.
3) Teapigs' Super Power Green was voted the best slimming and fitness product for 2011 - that might have been 3 years ago, but it's just as valid now as it was then, as it helps to speed up your metabolism, and a 'shot' of matcha (half a teaspoon is all you need a day) before a workout can help to improve your fat burn.
4) Tea powder can be easily added to other things. Some people don't like the taste of green tea - it took a little while to adjust to it myself when I started drinking it, but I quickly fell in love with it. But for those who don't like it, the powder can be mixed into smoothies, fruit juice, porridge, yoghurt and so on without even noticing.
   Teapigs sell a wonderful modern matcha kit which I got my hands on, that includes 30g of the powder, a shot glass, a spoon with a half-teaspoon/1g capacity, and a frother for proper mixing. That's all you need a day, a single cup of 1g of powder, for its effects.
   The reason I'm revisiting this product today is for its health benefits, and that because in January 2012, 710 people tried the product for two weeks and 99% would buy again, 80% found increased energy levels, and 60% had improved skin, hair and nails (this sort of thing depends on the other things you consume - for example too much sugar or oily foods is only going to counter the effects on your skin).
   I'm going to give the product a 2-week go as well, and see what sort of results I get. I'm going to begin it tomorrow, September 1st, along with my new and very appropriate workout. Combining the two could well help my motivation for the workout. I know how silly that sounds, but things like this help my frame of mind big time.


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