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Apr 19

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Health Benefits of Regular Matcha Green Tea Consumption

Matcha green tea’s history and cultivation process is interesting, but what counts the most to drinkers is its health advantages. If you’re not yet drinking matcha green tea regularly, you’re so behind the times!

These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:

Cancer Prevention

The most important catechin in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is also found to be an effective anti-carcinogen. A 2003 University of Colorado research project confirmed that 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than a cup of the usual green tea.

Anti-Aging

Some of the oldest people in the world today are Okinawans of Japan. Their longevity is partly a result of their daily matcha green tea habit. While matcha green tea is already the most popular green tea in Japan, it is quickly becoming more popular around the world, thanks to its neutralizing effects on inflammation, oxidation, and aging.

LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction

Based on a 2011 study, whose results were discussed in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue, matcha green tea and other kinds of green tea or extracts, considerably lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body when taken regularly.

Weight Control

In a 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, catechin-abundant green tea extracts were found to possess thermogenic and fat oxidation powers beyond what the beverage’ caffeine content could explain. More specificially, it was established that drinking green tea boosted thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to as high as 35-43%.

Yet another study showed that matcha tea weight loss is possible when the drink is taken right after exercising, where about 25% more fat may be burned by the end of the exercise. Moreover, in both studies, it is hinted that matcha green tea enhances not only the body’s fat-burning rate but its resting metabolic rate as well!

Detoxification

Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire range of toxins and hormone disrupters.

Brain Power

Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times the amount of L-theanine, a stress-busting amino acid, found in conventional green tea. This allows the drink to promote focus and clarity of mind without the jittery effects associated with coffee.

Healthy Bowel

Finally, organic matcha leaves are abundant in easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is known to promote good bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize blood sugar levels.

Who knows what other ways matcha green tea can improve health? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. For a fuller experience, you can even get a whole matcha tea set. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.