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Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Even as people drank green tea in China more than a millennium ago, it became an integral part of the Japanese culture. And they named the natural beverage matcha. Zen Buddhist monks drank it to stay calm and alert during long periods 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:

Cancer Prevention

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.

Anti-Aging

One of the places in the globe where people have the longest lifespans is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people’s longevity has been attributed in part to consistent 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

A study featured on American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011 showed that green tea beverages or extracts can dramatically reduce total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations.

Weight Management

A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that green tea can increase the daily calorie-burning rate of the body by up to 35%. Yet another study proved that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can lead to 25% more fat burned during exercise.

Detoxification

As matcha is grows in the shade, it has substantially higher concentrations of chlorophyll compared to all other green teas. Chlorophyll, responsible for the green color in leaves, has detoxifying properties.

Cognitive Boost

In comparison to conventional green tea, matcha green tea has up to 5 times more L-theanine. L-theanine, an amino acid, has the ability to induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is a known cause of beta wave activity in the brain, leading to a more distressed state. Alpha wave activity fights such effect. Matcha does have caffeine too, but its “jittery” effects are easily neutralized by L-theanine’s by relaxing properties.

Energy Boost

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.

Fiber

Finally, matcha green tea leaves are known to have vast amounts of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. Dietary fiber offers many benefits, but it is mostly known for providing constipation relief and blood sugar management.

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