Getting Healthier with Matcha Green Tea
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 notable catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), whose anti-carcinogenic properties are established. 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
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.
A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that catechin-rich green tea extracts have thermogenic properties and enhance fat oxidation more than what the drink’s caffeine content could justify. 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. 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!
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 has up to 5 times more L-theanine, an amino acid known to fight stress, than the usual green tea. This allows the drink to promote focus and clarity of mind without the jittery effects associated with coffee.
Lastly, matcha green tea leaves contain rich stores of easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is popular for its ability to prevent constipation and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize blood sugar levels.
Who knows how else matcha green tea can improve health? 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. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.