Finding Parallels Between Teas and Life

Health Perks Offered by Matcha Tea

Even as people drank green tea in China more than a millennium ago, it became an integral part of the Japanese culture. And they named the natural beverage matcha. Zen Buddhist monks took it to maintain calm and alertness during extended hours of meditation. Growing in the shade, these Japanese tea leaves have particularly 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), which is known as a powerful anti-carcinogen, is the most potent catechin that can be found in green tea.

Anti-Aging

One of the places in the globe where people have the longest lifespans is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people’s longevity has been attributed in part to consistent matcha green tea consumption.

In fact, all over Japan, matcha green tea is the most popular green tea available, but it is also fast gaining more popularity all over the world due to its ability to fight oxidation, inflammation and 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

According to a 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea increases thermogenesis – your body’s day-to-day calorie-burning rate -increases by 8 to 35%. Yet another study proved that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can lead to 25% more fat burned during exercise.

Detoxification

Since matcha is grown in the shade, it has significantly higher amounts of chlorophyll than any other green tea. Chlorophyll, responsible for the green color in leaves, has detoxifying properties.

Cognitive Boost

Compared to conventional green tea, matcha green tea offers up to 5 times more L-theanine. L-theanine, an amino acid, has the ability to induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is known to trigger the brain’s beta wave activity, causing a more agitated state. Alpha wave activity produces the exact opposite effect. Matcha does have some caffeine, but its “jittery” effects are easily neutralized by relaxing L-theanine.

Energy Boost

Have a cup of matcha green tea to get that afternoon lift or each time you need a bit more alertness and concentration. 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 is found to be abundant in absorbable dietary fiber. Dietary fiber offers plenty of benefits, the most popular of which are blood sugar management and constipation relief.