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!
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. 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.
Some of the oldest people in the world today are Okinawans of Japan. 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, 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 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. 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!
Matcha grows in the shade, and that is why it has more chlorophyll than other green teas. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire range of toxins and hormone disrupters.
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional 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 how else matcha green tea can improve health? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. You can even get a matcha tea set for a fuller experience. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.