The Non-Water Soluble Components of Matcha green tea and their benefits


Among all teas, matcha is unique because whereas in loose leaf teas where you only enjoy the brewed liquid, matcha powder is ground and mixed with water and therefore you are ingesting the whole leaf. That means that you get to experience all the benefits of tea and we’ll explain what these are and what you’ll get from them.



Chlorophyll (.06-1%)

Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants that give it color and along with a healthy dose of light, is the plant’s mechanism for creating food.Matcha tea is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into fine powder so this explains why matcha green tea is so abundant in it. Chlorophyll has a deodorizing effect that prevents matcha drinkers from having stinky breath, unlike coffee.  

 

Other uses of chlorophyll include constipation relief, detoxification and wound healing.



A sign of high quality matcha is a natural sweetness due to the high level of chlorophyll and that bright, eye-catching color of electric green that just pops.


Fiber (30%)


If you’re looking to slim down, matcha is the best thing to switch to from coffee with fiber consisting 30% of the components of matcha green tea tea. A study was conducted to find out how fiber, along with caffeine and catechins which are both components of tea, would affect hunger, energy consumption and satiety during the next meal. 


They found out that beverages with fiber alone would not affect appetite or later energy intake, but adding caffeine and catechins can lower the feeling of hunger and extend the feeling of fullness. Again, beverages containing the three lead to lower energy intake in the next meal.

 

The takeaway is this: tea, which is rich in fiber, caffeine and catechins, will help you manage your weight by making you feel less hungry and feel full longer which both lead to eating less in your next meal.

 

Protein (2.4%)


The protein in tea is much too small for you to think of switching protein-rich food like eggs and beans for tea, but hey, any amount helps!


Beta-carotene (.02%)


Beta-carotene is usually associated with carrots and other colorful veggies, but it’s also found in matcha green tea, although in tiny amounts. It’s converted into Vitamin A, which matcha already has but again in small amounts, which studies have shown may slow cognitive decline. 


Fluorine


There is so much goodness that drinking matcha can bring to your oral health and fluorine just adds more to what is already such a healthy drink. While chlorophyll keeps your breath fresh, fluorine helps prevent it from tooth decay. 

Minerals (Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese)


Minerals are helpful when ingested constantly in minute amounts because they help strengthen bones and teeth, control body fluids inside and outside cells and help convert food into energy.


This only goes to show that matcha is indeed a powerhouse in terms of nutrition and is worth all the hype it has gotten.