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Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Though people drank green tea in China over a thousand years ago, it became a significant part of the Japanese culture. And they called the drink matcha. Zen Buddhist monks drank it to stay calm and alert during long periods of meditation. These Japanese tea leaves grow in the shade and have notably high chlorophyll content.

It is interesting to learn about the history and cultivation of the tea, but what consumers really care about are its benefits to health, such as:

Cancer Prevention

Green tea has potent antioxidants known as catechins, which hunt for dangerous free radicals existing in the body. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), considered as a poteont anti-carcinogen, is the most powerful catechin found in green tea.

Anti-Aging

Okinawa, Japan is one of those parts of the world where people live the longest. 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 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999 highlights green tea’s ability to a increase thermogenesis – your body’s daily calorie-burning rate -by 8% to 35%. Yet another study proved that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can lead to 25% more fat loss during exercise.

Detoxification

With matcha growing in the shade, it has considerably more chlorophyll than any other type of green tea available. 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 is an amino acid that can induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is a known cause of beta wave activity in the brain, leading to a more distressed state. Alpha wave activity combats that 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 offers an energy boost without those coffee crash-related headaches.

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.

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