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Health Perks Offered by Matcha Tea
Though people drank green tea in China over a thousand years ago, it became a significant part of the Japanese culture. They called the tea matcha. Zen Buddhist monks took it to remain calm and alert on long hours of meditation. Growing in the shade, these Japanese tea leaves have particularly high chlorophyll content.
The history and cultivation of the tea is interesting, but what consumers are more concerned about are its health benefits, the biggest of which include:
Green tea has potent antioxidants known as catechins, which hunt for dangerous free radicals existing in the body. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), considered as a poteont anti-carcinogen, is the most powerful catechin found in green tea.
Okinawa, Japan is among the places around the world where people boast the longest lifespans. To a certain degree, the longevity of Okinawans has been partially attributed to routine consumption of matcha green tea.
In fact, all over Japan, matcha green tea is the most popular green tea available, but it is also fast gaining more popularity all over the world due to its ability to fight oxidation, inflammation and aging.
LDL “Bad” Cholesterol Control
According to a 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea beverages or extracts substantially decrease overall serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations.
A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999 highlights green tea’s ability to a increase thermogenesis – your body’s daily calorie-burning rate -by 8% to 35%. Yet another research showed that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can increase the body’s fat-burning abilities by 25%.
Since matcha is grown in the shade, it has significantly higher amounts of chlorophyll than any other green tea. Chlorophyll gives leaves their green color and provides detoxification against all kinds of toxins.
In comparison to conventional green tea, matcha green tea has up to 5 times more L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that can induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is known to trigger beta wave activity in the brain, causing more agitation. Alpha wave activity fights such effect. Matcha does have some caffeine, but its “jittery” effects are easily neutralized by relaxing L-theanine.
Drink a cup of matcha green tea to get that an afternoon “pick-me-up” or whenever you need a little more focus and alertness. Matcha green tea is the best substitute for coffee as it offers an energy boost without those coffee crash-related headaches.
Finally, matcha green tea leaves are known to have vast amounts of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. The benefits of dietary fiber are many, but they are most importantly known for relieving constipation and stabilizing blood sugar levels.