Matcha Green Tea – How It Helps Your Health
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 taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing behind the times!
Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:
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. Although green tea matcha has always been is the most popular green tea in Japan, it is fast increasing in worldwide popularity due to its prowess in fighting inflammation, oxidation 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. 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. 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 beverage to enhance focus and clarity of mind minus the jittery effects produced by 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 are many, but mainly, it works to promote healthy bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar levels in the body.
Who knows what other ways matcha green tea can improve health? 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. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. You’ll only discover if you try.