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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 taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing 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. Based on a 2003 University of Colorado study, a cup of matcha green tea boasts 137 times more EGCG antioxidants compared to a cup of conventional 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.
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%.
Yet another research demonstrated that drinking matcha green tea and exercising immediately after, led to 25% more fat burned at 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. On top of giving leaves their green hue, chlorophyll also works by removing a whole array of toxins and hormone disrupters from the body.
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.
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 include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize blood sugar levels.
Who knows how else 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. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.