Health Benefits of Regular Matcha Green Tea Consumption
Matcha green tea’s history and cultivation process is interesting, but what counts the most to drinkers is its health advantages. If you’re still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging 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. 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.
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.
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. 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%.
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. On top of that, these two studies suggest that matcha green tea speeds up both the body’s fat-burning rate but also its resting metabolic rate!
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 contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional 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 include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize 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. Try it and make new discoveries.