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 still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging behind the times!
Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:
Green matcha contains catechins, those potent antioxidants that hunt for destructive free radicals in the body. 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.
The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. They owe their longevity in part to their daily 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 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%.
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. And here’s what – in both studies, it is suggested that matcha green tea can enhance not just 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.
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.
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 you can buy it in many different convenient forms these days, although the most popular are still the green tea matcha powder and the matcha green tea bags. 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. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.