The health benefits of matcha green tea outweighs that of nearly any other tea on the planet. A study conducted by the University of Colorado showed that matcha green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea, making it an amazing choice of tea for anyone trying to be more healthy. Originating from Japan by a Zen priest more than a thousand years ago, matcha tea has been the only tea since used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. To sum up the power of matcha tea, the priest wrote “Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.”
There are two distinct reasons why matcha green tea has so much more antioxidants than regular green tea. First, only the most tender part of the harvested green tea leaves are selected to be used to for matcha. Regular green tea, however, takes the whole leaf and is rolled roughly five times to get rid of moisture before being packaged, removing a large amount of antioxidants found in the raw leaf. Secondly, regular green (like most other teas) are brewed from the leaf whereas matcha is finely powdered so you actually consume the entire leaf, where the majority of the antioxidants are, rather than just the brewed water of a tea leaf.
The health benefits of green tea have been widely documented. To many, it is known as "green gold" due to the large amount of nutrients, antioxidants and overall benefits that the tea offers. From weight loss to disease-fighting capabilities, the power of premium matcha green tea is almost unbelievable.
Antioxidants is the magical substance responsible for fighting a lot of harmful negatives including UV radiation (which damages our skin) and helping to prevent many illnesses. It’s something that many health-conscious individuals seek from foods such as fruits and vegetables. In fact, matcha green tea has the most amount of antioxidants compared to any other food or drink as rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical alsabsorbance capcity) method, promoting an overall healthier you. On top of that, just one serving of the tea provides a substantial amount of Potassium, Vitamins, Iron, Protein and Calcium.
A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that matcha green tea boosts metabolism and has a significant effect on fat oxidation. In fact, they found that consuming the tea increased the body’s own rate of burning calories from a normal 10% to over 40%, essentially allowing you to naturally burn calories off 4x faster just by enjoying the tea!
For over a thousand years, matcha green tea has been used by Zen Buddhist monks to relax into meditation while remaining alert. Today, scientists have found that the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the green tea leaves assists the brain in producing alpha waves which induces relaxation without the drowsiness while also enhancing mood and even promoting better memory. What’s even more incredible is that matcha has been shown to contain five times the amount of L-Theanine than regular green tea!
Matcha green tea contains many different kinds of antioxidants. A unique type known as EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), of which matcha tea is filled with, has been shown to provide cancer-fighting properties. Many laboratory studies have shown that the unique compounds found in the tea may help stop new blood vessels from forming and thus cut off the supply of blood to cancer cells. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, “Studies that track the diets of human subjects over several years have also associated regular usage of green tea with lower risk for bladder, colon, stomach, pancreatic and esophageal cancers.”
A 2011 study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that green tea significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and the “bad” LDL cholesterol. In a related study, researchers have also found that people that drank green tea had a 65% lower risk of high blood pressure. Not only can the tea help your heart, but multiple studies have confirmed that the catechin compounds in green tea can also have various protective measure on neurons, potentially lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease - the two most common neurodegenerative diseases in humans.
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