Don’t Know Much About Matcha?
Matcha is quickly becoming the trendy new superfood and is praised for its many health benefits far and wide. With high contents of antioxidants and nutrients, amino acid’s vitamins and minerals – it’s no surprise at all that matcha has become the latest health food trend.
Matcha has a unique flavor combination of bitter and sweet. A sweetness that rendered it a 100% bona fide dessert ingredient and undertones of bitterness that cut through the sweet creating a perfect balance.
Research has found that matcha contains a catechin called epigallocatechin (EGCg). Catechins are highly potent antioxidants that have been associated with a number of health benefits including:
- Boosting the antioxidant activity of plasma (which helps scavenge free radicals),
- Dilating brachial artery (expanding blood vessels to improve blood flow)
- Oxidising fat
1 Matcha can Boost metabolism and burn fat
Can Matcha green tea aid in weight loss? Yes! Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in our bodies, and thus the way our bodies burn calories. The catechins in matcha tea boosts fat oxidation and increases thermogenesis from 8-10% to 30-40%. Matcha can actually help and promote weight loss.
Drinking matcha tea before a workout has been shown to boost thermogenesis and our body’s metabolism, increasing fat burning potential by 25%. Does that mean you need to workout less? NO. Don’t be lazy, but let the matcha help you workout.
2 Increases energy
The energy boost experienced after consuming matcha tea largely due to its caffeine content (about twice as much as a regular green tea) as well as a number of other nutrients, including L-theanine, a naturally occurring stress-relieving amino acid found in tea leaves that promotes relaxation without drowsiness, while improving cognition and attention.
Although matcha contains more caffeine than regular green tea, the L-theanine counteracts the usual effects of stimulants such as nervousness and wakefulness.
Matcha tea plants are grown in the shade. In the weeks prior to harvest, the plants are covered to reduce direct access to sunlight, further enhancing the production of chlorophyll, a molecule that converts solar energy to cellular energy. Chlorophyll is what produces the intense green coloring in matcha.
Chlorophyll is also known as a natural detoxifier, which helps flush heavy metals and other toxins from the body. With a high content of chlorophyll, matcha is great for body detoxification.
4 Lowers cholesterol
Though not scientifically proven, studies into populations who consume matcha green tea regularly have found a significant decrease in cholesterol-induced problems. This is believed to be a result of matcha tea containing lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
5 Builds immunity
The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a number of essential vitamins including calcium, iron, potassium, protein and vitamins A and C