Getting Healthier with Matcha Green Tea
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:
In green tea are catechins, which are potent antioxidants that scavenge for hazardous 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.
The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. They owe their longevity in part to their daily consumption of matcha green tea. Although green tea matcha has always been is the most popular green tea in Japan, it is fast increasing in worldwide popularity due to its prowess in fighting inflammation, oxidation 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 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, catechin-abundant green tea extracts were found to possess thermogenic and fat oxidation powers beyond what the beverage’ caffeine content 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. 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. 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.
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 what other matcha tea benefits there are? Good thing you can buy it in many different convenient forms these days, although the most popular are still the green tea matcha powder and the matcha green tea bags. You can even get a matcha tea set for a fuller experience. Don’t forget to get a nice matcha whisk that does the job perfectly. You’ll only discover if you try.
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