If You're Drinking Green Tea, Make Sure It's A Matcha - The Powerhouse Of All Teas
For years we've all heard about the benefits of green tea, however, matcha tea doesn't seem to get nearly as much attention, despite the fact that due to its benefits, it should be taking center stage.
First off, not to be confused, matcha tea is a green tea. However, when you make a regular green tea, you steep the tea and then discard the leaves. When you make a matcha, you are actually consuming the leaves, in a powdered form, which offers up the benefits tenfold.
The Health Benefits
1) High In Antioxidants
Match is so high in antioxidants, that it's actually rated five times higher than any other food, using the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method. Antioxidants help us fight against the negative effects of UV radiation, prevent illness and give us younger looking skin.
2) High in Catechin, EGCg
Catechins, an ingredient in some antioxidants, are beneficial organic compounds that fight cancer. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), a particular catechin found in Matcha, makes up for 60 percent of the catechins in Matcha, and EGC is more recognized for it's cancer fighting properties than any other antioxicants. Here's the amazing news. Matcha Green tea contains 100 times more EGC than any other tea.
3) . Aids the Immune System
A single cup of matcha tea provides us with lots of potassium, Vitamins A, C, Iron, Protein and Calcium, as well as beneficial antibiotic properties.
The matcha catechins contain antibiotic properties, which are great for our health. Plus, it's a good dose of potassium, Vitamins A and C, Iron Protein, Calcium and a study shows it might even prevent the attacks of HIV on t-cells.
4) Increases Relaxation and Calm
Due to the amino acid L-Theanine, contained in the matcha leaves, the production of alpha waves in the brain are increased causing calmness without drowsiness.
5) Improves Memory and Concentration
The L-Theanine also produces dopamine and serotonin, which improve memory and concentration.
6) Improves Energy Levels and Endurance
All green tea naturally contains caffeine, however, the energy boost from matcha, which can last up to 6 hours, comes from it's combination of nutrients. Toss away those energy drinks. Matcha will provide you with clean energy and no side effects like nervousness, the jitters or hypertension.
7) Burns Calories
Speed up your metabolism four times faster than average, with negative side effects.
Because matcha tea leaves are covered for 3 weeks before harvest to deprive them of sunlight, a large amount of chlorophyll is produced in their growth, which is apparent from the rich green color of the tea. The chlorophyll detoxifies by naturally removing heavy metals and toxins. There is a study that suggest it might even help in fighting HIV.
9) Improves Cholesterol
Although scientists can't pinpoint why, those who drink matcha tea regularly have lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher HDL (good) cholesterol. When men drink it regularly, they are 11 percent less likely to develop heart disease.
Finally, the tenth and final benefit of drinking Matcha Green Tea…
10) Amazing Flavor
When something so super healthy is also delicious, it's a win-win.
Have you tried Matcha? Let us know your thoughts about this powerful tea.