When you hear the words green tea, you may think of a small bag with the leftovers of healthy green tea leaves. With matcha green tea, this is far from the case.
Matcha is a ceremonial tea that is served throughout Asia but primarily in Japan. Matcha is so revered that an entire way of properly drinking the tea has been around for hundreds of years. Matcha green tea is NOT ordinary tea. It's extremely potent and delivers far more benefits than your average store-bought bagged green tea.
Whether you're looking to boost your weight loss, fight off free radicals, or simple improve your overall health and wellness, matcha green tea can help.
Let's take a look at the top 3 incredible health benefits of matcha green tea.
3. Antioxidant Super Power
Free radicals in the body cause oxidative damage to our cells and while this isn't the only variable in the aging process, it certainly is a driving factor. The way to combat free radicals in the body is by consuming whole foods and supplements that contain antioxidants. Think of antioxidants like the clean-up crew that takes out the trash made up of waste and toxins caused by free radicals. If you want to maximize your daily intake of antioxidants, matcha green tea is the answer.
A study published in the Journal of Chromatography A reported that:
'…the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from China Green Tips green tea, and at least three times higher than the largest literature value for other green teas.'
EGCG is the antioxidant compound that kicks out free radicals and matcha green tea is loaded with them. (1-2)
2. Weight Loss Booster
Matcha green tea is considered one of the best and most natural ways to increase your metabolic response. This means more calories being burned throughout the day and if your goal is weight loss, every calorie counts.
A study published in the journal of Chinese Medicine demonstrated a number of health benefits of matcha green tea with weight loss support being at the top of the list. (1-2)
To support a healthy weight loss, we would recommend drinking matcha green tea or adding it to your smoothies first thing in the morning and again at lunch.
1. Disease Fighter
Due to the nutritional value of matcha green tea, with an emphasis on the availability of antioxidants and epigallocatechin gallate, it has been demonstrated that the green brew may help to ward off diseases.
Most notably, matcha green tea was said to dramatically lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, which is one of the biggest causes for illness and mortality in the world. Researchers suggested that daily consumption of matcha green tea would also help to stave off certain cancers and Alzheimer's. (1-2)
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- Chacko SM, Thambi PT, Kuttan R, Nishigaki I. Beneficial effects of green tea: A literature review. Chinese Medicine. 2010;5:13. doi:10.1186/1749-8546-5-13.
- Weiss DJ, Anderton CR. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography. J Chromatogr A. 2003 Sep 5;1011(1-2):173-80.