A staple in Japanese culture for over a millennia and the basis for their traditional tea ceremony, matcha is a powdered and strongest known preparation of green tea.

While you may have heard of the numerous Japanese candies and chocolates with matcha flavoring, did you know it’s also really great for you?

1. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants

This bright green powder is rich in Vitamin A, C, E, K and Vitamin B-complex, among many other healthy components, including catechins, one of the most powerful antioxidants. This chemical structure turns matcha into a superfood with anti-aging qualities, and also a great supplement for a number of chronic illnesses, as well as a way to fortify your immune system.

2. It’s an energy booster

As it happens with all teas, matcha is rich in caffeine and theanine, but its combination with other ingredients makes its energy boost much smoother than a cup of coffee, as its buzz doesn’t end with an energy crash later on. A bowl of matcha can give you energy for about six hours, without side effects like hypertension or anxiety.

3. It’s great for your stomach

Not only is it said to boost your metabolism, it also helps your body get rid of metabolism and helps with bowel movements.

4. It might make you sharper

Past studies have linked matcha consumption to increased ability to perform tasks in a timely and productive way. It also helps with concentration and memory, making it a great pick-me-up during study sessions.