Getting Healthier with Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea’s history and cultivation process is interesting, but what counts the most to drinkers is its health advantages. 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 notable catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), whose anti-carcinogenic properties are established. Based on a 2003 University of Colorado study, a cup of matcha green tea boasts 137 times more EGCG antioxidants compared to a cup of conventional 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
A 2011 study, with results explained in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, proved that matcha green tea and other green tea variants or extracts, notably reduce the body’s LDL or bad cholesterol levels when taken regularly.
In a research study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, catechin-rich green tea extracts were found to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis more than the drink’s caffeine stores 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%.
In yet another study, it was shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea burns 25% more fat 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!
As it is grown in the shade, matcha contains more chlorophyll than all other types 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.
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional green tea. This allows the beverage to enhance focus and clarity of mind minus the jittery effects produced by coffee.
Finally, matcha green tea leaves are rich in well-absorbed dietary fiber known for preventing constipation and stabilizing 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. For a fuller experience, you can even get a whole matcha tea set. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. Try it and make new discoveries.