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!
The following are the main health benefits of this wonder beverage:
The most important catechin in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is also found to be an effective anti-carcinogen. 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.
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. 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. 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 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!
Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire 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 the body by preventing constipation and stabilizing 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. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. You’ll only discover if you try.