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 not yet drinking matcha green tea regularly, you’re so behind the times!
Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:
The most important catechin in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is also found to be an effective anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado research project confirmed that 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than a cup of the usual 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. 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.
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. Researchers more specifically established that drinking green tea pumps up thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to a maximum of 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. Aside form lending leaves their green color, chlorophyll can also rid the body of a whole range of toxins and hormone disrupters.
In matcha green tea is 5 times more L-theanine, a stress-relieving amino acid, than in the typical 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 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. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. Try it and make new discoveries.