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 not taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing behind the times!
These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:
The most significant catechin contained in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is found to be a major anti-carcinogen as well. 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.
The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. 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
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 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, researchers found that drinking green tea jacked up thermogenesis, the rate at which the body burns calories, from 8-10% to 35-43%.
Yet another study showed that matcha tea weight loss is possible when the drink is taken right after exercising, where about 25% more fat may be burned 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!
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 has up to 5 times more L-theanine, an amino acid known to fight stress, than the usual green tea. This means the drink can encourage focus and clarity of mind sans the jittery effects that coffee is known to produce.
Finally, matcha green tea leaves are rich in well-absorbed dietary fiber known for preventing constipation and stabilizing blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits are many, but mainly, it works to promote healthy bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar levels in the body.
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. You can even get a matcha tea set for a fuller experience. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. You’ll only discover if you try.
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