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 yet drinking matcha green tea regularly, you’re so behind the times!
The following are the main health benefits of this wonder beverage:
The most significant catechin contained in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is found to be a major anti-carcinogen as well. A 2003 University of Colorado research project confirmed that 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than a cup of the usual 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
According to a 2011 study, whose results were featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, matcha green tea and other types of green tea or extracts, substantially reduce LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body when consumed 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, researchers found that drinking green tea jacked up thermogenesis, the rate at which the body burns calories, from 8-10% to 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. Moreover, in both studies, it is hinted that matcha green tea enhances not only the body’s fat-burning rate but its resting metabolic rate as well!
Matcha grows in the shade, and that is why it has more chlorophyll than other green teas. Aside form lending leaves their green color, chlorophyll can also rid the body of a whole range of toxins and hormone disrupters.
Matcha green tea has up to 5 times more L-theanine, an amino acid known to fight stress, than the usual green tea. This means the drink can encourage focus and clarity of mind sans the jittery effects that coffee is known to produce.
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? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. To make your experience fuller, you can even get an entire matcha tea set. Don’t forget to get a nice matcha whisk that does the job perfectly. Try it and make new discoveries.