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!
These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:
Green matcha contains catechins, those potent antioxidants that hunt for destructive 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.
Some of the oldest people in the world today are Okinawans of Japan. Their longevity is partly a result of their daily matcha green tea habit. 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
A 2011 study, with results explained in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, proved that matcha green tea and other green tea variants or extracts, notably reduce the body’s LDL or bad cholesterol levels when taken 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. More specificially, it was established that drinking green tea boosted thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to as high as 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. 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!
Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire range of toxins and hormone disrupters.
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional green tea. This allows the beverage to enhance focus and clarity of mind minus the jittery effects produced by coffee.
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? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. 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. You’ll only discover if you try.