Top 10 Amazing Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea, originated in Japan, is the most potent green tea in the world because the entire leaf is ingested in powder form. Major health benefits have been attributed to the product, which have rendered it a highly desired item for the more health conscious among us.
Like a lot of people reading this, Matcha has become a daily habit which includes a cup of Matcha, several times a week. There are many reasons to drink Matcha, but here are the top 10 reasons why you should switch to Matcha.
1. Anti-Aging Properties
People in Okinawa, Japan have been known to live the longest. The longevity of the people in Okinawa has been partly attributed to regular consumption of the Japanese Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea is the most popular green tea in Japan, but it is rapidly gaining more popularity throughout the world because of its ability to combat inflammation, oxidation and aging.
2. Powerful Anti-cancer Benefits
Matcha contains massive quantities of an especially beneficial potent antioxidants called catechins, which scavenge for dangerous free radicals in the body. The most powerful catechin found in Matcha is epigallocatechin gallate, otherwise called EGCG, which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. It is proven that drinking 1 cup of Matcha green tea has almost 137 times the amount of the EGCG antioxidant as compared to a conventional cup of green tea!
A recent study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that drinking Matcha everyday greatly enhanced the overall response of the immune system. The strikingly high levels of antioxidants in Matcha take the form of catechins, polyphenols, and flavonoids, each of which aids the body’s defense in its daily hassles against free radicals that come from the pollution in your food, air, and water. On a more practical level, this can mean fewer colds and fewer sick days off work.
4. Improves Cholesterol
Studies of different populations have showed that people who drink Matcha Green Tea on a daily basis have lower levels of LDL cholesterol, otherwise known as the bad cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. And this was associated with lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of stroke. Now isn’t that good news?
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5. Promotes Concentration
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than a regular green tea. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive properties, capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain. Although Matcha contains some caffeine, the relaxing properties of L-theanine counteract the "edgy" effects of caffeine. Therefore, a cup of Matcha green tea promotes concentration and clarity of mind without producing any of the nervous energy typically identified with coffee.
6. Fights Fatigue
Matcha is a powerful ally in fighting fatigue. The combination of naturally occurring amino acids plus small amounts of caffeine tends to give an instant boost to personal energy levels. Most people feel the stimulative effects of a cup of Matcha for at least two hours, but they last as long as six hours for some people.
7. Blood Sugar Stabilizer
Matcha helps stabilize blood sugar levels, making it ideal for diabetics. There appears to be a direct connection between antioxidant activity and hypoglycemic activity. The natural sugars (polysaccharides) in Matcha help to stabilize blood sugar levels, and to protect against insulin spikes thus stabilizing blood sugar levels.
8. Weight Loss
EGCG has been shown to increase the rate of burning stored fat as energy, as well as decreasing the formation of new fat cells, and this is found in high concentrations in Matcha. Other studies have shown that the catechins in Matcha green tea powder increase the body’s rate of calorie burning each day and offered additional fat burning benefit during exercise. Let’s toast to that shall we?
9. A Probiotic Powerhouse
Matcha has huge quantities of polyphenols — the naturally occurring compounds found in the tea plant that are thought to be responsible for some of the health effects conferred by a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. These polyphenols get broken down by our gut bacteria into bioactive, polyphenol-derived metabolites. In simple terms, it increases the good bacteria and decreases bad bacteria.
10. Gives you Better Breath
Really! This is not even made up. The catechin blast of Matcha acts as a kind of sterilizing agent. A cup of Matcha green tea after a meal retards the growth of germs, which cause periodontal disease and halitosis (i.e. bad breath). It also protects the tooth enamel. Dentists LOVE Matcha.
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So what are you waiting for? Give in to the benefits of Matcha green tea today!
- Farman Naushad