Getting Healthier with Matcha Green Tea
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!
The following are the main health benefits of this wonder beverage:
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. 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
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, it was established that drinking green tea boosted thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to as high as 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. 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. 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, matcha green tea leaves are rich in well-absorbed dietary fiber known for preventing constipation and stabilizing blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits the body by preventing constipation and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
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. 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. Try it and make new discoveries.