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 still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging behind the times!
Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:
The most significant catechin contained in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is found to be a major anti-carcinogen as well. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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!
Matcha grows in the shade, and that is why it has more chlorophyll than other green teas. 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 means the drink can encourage focus and clarity of mind sans the jittery effects that coffee is known to produce.
Lastly, matcha green tea leaves contain rich stores of easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is popular for its ability to prevent constipation 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? Good thing the drink is now available in different convenient forms, such as matcha powder or teabags. For a fuller experience, you can even get a whole matcha tea set. Remember to get a nice matcha whisk that will do the job right. Try it and make new discoveries.