Health Benefits of Regular Matcha Green Tea Consumption
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!
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. 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.
Japan’s Okinawans are some of the 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. 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%.
In yet another study, it was shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea burns 25% more fat 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 means the drink can encourage focus and clarity of mind sans the jittery effects that coffee is known to produce.
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 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. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.