Getting Healthier with Matcha Green Tea
The history and cultivation of matcha green tea is exciting, but what matters most to most drinkers is its health-boosting effects. If you’re still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging behind the times!
These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:
Green tea has potent antioxidants known as catechins, which look out for harmful 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. Their longevity has been attributed in part to habitual consumption of matcha green tea. While matcha green tea is already the most popular green tea in Japan, it is quickly becoming more popular around the world, thanks to its neutralizing effects on inflammation, oxidation, and aging.
LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction
Based on a 2011 study, whose results were discussed in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue, matcha green tea and other kinds of green tea or extracts, considerably lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body 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, 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 research demonstrated that drinking matcha green tea and exercising immediately after, led to 25% more fat burned at 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. 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.
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 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 get a nice matcha whisk that does the job perfectly. You’ll only discover if you try.