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Mar 17

Learning The “Secrets” of Teas

Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

While people drank green tea in China more more than one thousand years ago, it became an essential part of the Japanese culture. They called the tea matcha. Zen Buddhist monks took it to maintain calm and alertness during extended hours of meditation. These Japanese tea leaves grow in the shade and have notably 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:

Cancer Prevention

Green tea is abundant in antioxidants named catechins, which scavenge for harmful free radicals that may exist in the body. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a very potent anti-carcinogen, is the most effective catechin contained in green tea.

Anti-Aging

Okinawa, Japan is among the places around the world where people boast the longest lifespans. The Okinawan people’s longevity has been attributed in part to consistent matcha green tea consumption.

Matcha green tea is actually Japan’s most popular green tea, but it is becoming more popular than ever throughout the globe, thanks to its ability to neutralize oxidation and inflammation, and even aging.

LDL “Bad” Cholesterol Control

Based on a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2011, green tea beverages or extracts dramatically lessen total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations.

Weight Maintenance

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. Leaves’ green color is provided by chlorophyll, which is also known to cleanse the body of toxins, including heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.

Cognitive Boost

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 produces the exact opposite effect. Matcha does contain some caffeine, but its “jittery” effects are easily counterbalanced by the relaxing properties of L-theanine.

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 gives an energy boost without the headaches of a coffee crash .

Fiber

Lastly, matcha green tea leaves have a considerably high level 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.