5 Lessons Learned: Teas

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 yet drinking matcha green tea regularly, you’re so behind the times!

The following are the main health benefits of this wonder beverage:

Cancer Prevention

In green tea are catechins, which are potent antioxidants that scavenge for hazardous free radicals in the body. 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.

Anti-aging

The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. Their longevity is partly a result of their daily matcha green tea habit. 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

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.

Weight Control

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!

Detoxification

Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Aside form lending leaves their green color, chlorophyll can also rid the body of a whole range of toxins and hormone disrupters.

Brain Power

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 drink to promote focus and clarity of mind without the jittery effects associated with coffee.

Healthy Bowel

Finally, matcha green tea leaves are rich in well-absorbed dietary fiber known for preventing constipation and stabilizing 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 how else 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.