Matcha Green Tea – How It Helps Your Health
The history and cultivation of the matcha green tea tea is interesting, but what’s important to most to drinkers is its health-boosting content. If you’re not taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing behind the times!
These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:
The most significant catechin contained in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is found to be a major anti-carcinogen as well. According to a 2003 University of Colorado study, 1 cup of matcha green tea contains up to 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than there are in a cup of the typical green tea.
Japan’s Okinawans are some of the oldest people living today. Their longevity has been attributed in part to habitual consumption of matcha green tea. Matcha green tea is Japan’s most popular green tea, but is fast gaining more popularity all around the world for of its ability to fight oxidation, inflammation, and aging.
LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction
Based on a 2011 study, whose results were discussed in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue, matcha green tea and other kinds of green tea or extracts, considerably lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body when taken regularly.
In a 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, catechin-abundant green tea extracts were found to possess thermogenic and fat oxidation powers beyond what the beverage’ caffeine content could explain. More specificially, it was established that drinking green tea boosted thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to as high as 35-43%.
Yet another study showed that matcha tea weight loss is possible when the drink is taken right after exercising, where about 25% more fat may be burned by the end of the exercise. On top of that, these two studies suggest that matcha green tea speeds up both the body’s fat-burning rate but also its resting metabolic rate!
Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. On top of giving leaves their green hue, chlorophyll also works by removing a whole array of toxins and hormone disrupters from the body.
In matcha green tea is 5 times more L-theanine, a stress-relieving amino acid, than in the typical green tea. This allows the drink to promote focus and clarity of mind without the jittery effects associated with coffee.
Finally, organic matcha leaves are abundant in easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is known to promote good bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize blood sugar levels.
Who knows what other matcha tea benefits there are? Good thing the drink is now available in different convenient forms, such as matcha powder or teabags. To make your experience fuller, you can even get an entire matcha tea set. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. Try it and make new discoveries.