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Matcha Tea and Its Health Benefits

While people drank green tea in China more more than one thousand years ago, it became an essential part of the Japanese culture. And they named the natural beverage matcha. Zen Buddhist monks took it to remain calm and alert on long 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 full of powerful catechins, which are antioxidants that seek out for harmful free radicals 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

Okinawa, Japan is one of those parts of the world where people live the longest. The Okinawans’ longevity has been somewhat attributed to habitual 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

According to a 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, green tea beverages or extracts substantially decrease overall serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations.

Weight Management

A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that green tea can increase the daily calorie-burning rate of the body by up to 35%. Yet another research showed that exercising right after drinking matcha green tea can increase the body’s fat-burning abilities by 25%.

Detoxification

As matcha is grows in the shade, it has substantially higher concentrations of chlorophyll compared to all other green teas. Chlorophyll, responsible for the green color in leaves, has detoxifying properties.

Cognitive Boost

There is five times more L-theanine in matcha green tea than in conventional green tea. 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 combats that effect. Matcha does have some caffeine, but its “jittery” effects are easily neutralized by relaxing L-theanine.

Energy Boost

One cup of matcha green tea can give you that “pick-me-up” on a lazy afternoon or whenever you think you could use extra focus and alertness. 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 leaves have a considerably high level of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. Dietary fiber offers plenty of benefits, the most popular of which are blood sugar management and constipation relief.