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. And they named the natural beverage 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.
It is interesting to learn about the history and cultivation of the tea, but what consumers really care about are its benefits to health, such as:
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.
One of the places in the globe where people have the longest lifespans is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawans’ longevity has been somewhat attributed to habitual matcha green tea consumption.
In fact, matcha green tea is the most popular green tea in all of Japan, although it is rapidly becoming more popular across the world due to its anti-inflammatory, ant-oxidizing and anti-aging properties.
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 study proved that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can lead to 25% more fat loss during exercise.
With matcha growing in the shade, it has considerably more chlorophyll than any other type of green tea available. Chlorophyll, responsible for the green color in leaves, has detoxifying properties.
There is five times more L-theanine in matcha green tea than in conventional green tea. L-theanine, an amino acid, has the ability to induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is known to trigger beta wave activity in the brain, causing more agitation. Alpha wave activity produces the exact opposite effect. Matcha does contain some caffeine, but its “jittery” effects are easily counterbalanced by the relaxing properties of L-theanine.
One cup of matcha green tea can give you that “pick-me-up” on a lazy afternoon or whenever you think you could use extra focus and alertness. Matcha green tea is the best alternative to coffee because it gives your energy a boost without the headaches that a coffee crash can bring.
Finally, matcha green tea leaves are known to have vast amounts of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. Dietary fiber offers plenty of benefits, the most popular of which are blood sugar management and constipation relief.
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