12 Jul Top 5 Benefits of Matcha
Top 5 Benefits of Matcha
Not all detoxifying agents are created equal. For example, green tea (known for its antioxidant properties) contains a particular set of organic compounds called catechins which are said to be the most potent and beneficial of all antioxidants. To be specific, one catechin in particular – epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) – comprises upwards of 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea, making it widely recognized for a plethora of health benefits.
Compare: Matcha Green Tea Antioxidant Levels vs. other Superfoods
6.2 times > Goji Berries
7 times > Dark Chocolate
17 times > Blueberries
60.5 times > Spinach
Aside from the significant levels of antioxidants, Matcha has an abundance of chlorophyll (the pigment giving leaves their green color) which is known to possess the ability to rid the body of toxins, heavy metals, and other impurities. It’s detoxifying properties also aid in combating inflammation, oxidation, LDL “bad” cholesterol and even aging.
Cancer Fighter & Immunity Booster
EGCG (as mentioned above), is also believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen, scavenging the body for free radicals that may lead to disease, HIV, and even cancer – Magnificent! The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have also shown antibiotic properties, promoting health by providing substantial amounts of vital nutrients including potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
Weight Loss, Energy & Endurance
A Bodybuilding.com article reported: “A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by the tea’s caffeine content.
It has been found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.
Another study demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
Both studies suggest matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning.”
Mood & Memory Enhancer
The leaves used to make matcha contain an amino acid, L-Theanine, which promotes the production of dopamine and serotonin that affect alpha waves in the brain that induce relaxation. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration.Matcha contains some caffeine, but the relaxing properties of L-theanine are known to counterbalance the usual side effects of stimulants, such as hypertension, nervousness, and drowsiness.
Last, but not least, matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily-absorbable, dietary fiber, known to keep the functioning of the digestive tract regular and stabilize blood sugar levels.
With all of the benefits of this magnificent superfood, it’s difficult to deny matcha as a dietary staple. Do you include matcha in your diet? If so, what’s your favorite way to consume it?
-Health & Wellness Coach