Top Health Benefits of Matcha
Unlike other teas that come in tea bags, matcha tea is unique in that it’s a fine, vividly green powder. The difference in form is due to the way matcha powder is made. Tea bushes grown for matcha are raised in the shade which increases chlorophyll levels, giving the leaves its distinctive color and increasing the production of amino acids. The secret lies in plucking and grinding it, unleashing the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals stored in the leaf. What it results into is matcha, probably the healthiest tea in the world.
Studies have shown that matcha has up to 137 times more antioxidants than the lowest grade of tea, and up 3 times more antioxidants than the highest grade of tea. Even the antioxidant content of ‘superfoods’ like goji berries are miniscule in comparison. This matters because antioxidants are the body’s defense agents, fighting against infections and disease that comes with aging. With every cup of matcha, your body is experiencing the benefits you can’t get from any other tea.
There’s so much good a daily matcha habit can bring you, so we’ve rounded it out to the top matcha health benefits:
Helps prevent cancer
Matcha has a high content of the powerful antioxidant known as catechins, the most potent of which is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). This type of catechin has been found to have cancer-fighting properties, fighting off free radicals from causing cell and DNA damage. Laboratory results have shown promising findings in reducing tumor size and slowing down breast cancer.
May reduce heart disease
If you’ve had blood-pressure related troubles, you’ll be familiar with these words: LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Green tea helps keep them at a healthy level thanks to the antioxidants it contains. The habit of drinking matcha daily, which possesses stronger antioxidants at greater amounts, may help lower the risk factors of heart disease. Combined with a healthy diet and active lifestyle, it helps keep your heart healthy.
The origins of Matcha and zen are intertwined. Monks have take matcha tea for calm, yet enhanced alertness and increased presence of mind for hundreds of years. Science has attributed this mental stimulation & relaxation to the rare amino acid L-theanine which is abundant in matcha thanks to the ‘shading’ period it undergoes. There is enough evidence to believe it improves concentration and memory for up to 6 hours
Energy without the jitters
Matcha drinkers profess to feeling more energized throughout their day, which was surprising given that it’s mainly taken for relaxation. Scientists found an interesting reason for this: matcha has caffeine, a stimulant, and L-theanine, which causes alert relaxation. They make quite a pair: L-theanine improves mental ability all the while inhibiting any possible side-effects from caffeine. While matcha’s caffeine is less, it provides a milder, longer kick, making it the perfect coffee alternative.
How to start your daily matcha habit
There’s a host of specialty shops where you can buy pure organic matcha tea powder, but beware of sketchy sellers. Check Amazon matcha product reviews to see if the grade of matcha powder as advertised is what’s really in the tin. Even reputable stores offer great deals, so having a bit of a taste won’t burn a hole in your wallet. After that, buy yourself a tea set and make drinking matcha a lifestyle!
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