There are green tea drinkers all over the world. Some drink it because they simply like the taste, while others drink green tea for its health benefits. But when you compare regular green tea with Matcha, it’s easy to see why more and more tea drinkers and health-conscious folk are switching to Matcha green tea.
Besides its vibrant color, smooth texture and unique flavor, Matcha is loaded with benefits. Here are 11 Matcha benefits you may not know about.
1. It provides a more powerful source of nutrients than steeped green tea.
When you drink a cup of Matcha green tea, you ingest whole tea leaves, but with steeped green tea you don’t ingest whole leaves. By consuming entire nutrient-rich leaves, you consume more nutrients from a more potent source of them.
2. Creates an alert calm.
Matcha contains caffeine, but a healthier form of caffeine than the caffeine you’d get from coffee, a can of Mountain Dew or an energy drink. Matcha’s caffeine doesn’t give you a crash a few hours after you drink it either. Rather, it provides a calming energy, which is from L-Theanine, an amino acid that naturally helps balance the caffeine so you experience calmness rather than drowsiness.
3. Stimulates brain waves.
Speaking of L-Theanine, studies have also found that it can have a direct and positive impact on the brain. This unique amino acid found in Matcha can stimulate brain waves, increasing a person’s alpha activity and significantly affect their mental alertness as well as arousal.
4. Reduces bad cholesterol and risk of heart disease.
Matcha contains high amounts of the flavonoid catechin. Catechins help stop oxidative damage to your cells and the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, while increasing HDL, the good cholesterol. It also improves artery function, and has been linked to lowering people’s risk for heart disease as well as reducing hypertension risk by 46-65% in regular green tea consumers.
5. Burns more calories.
Being catechin-dense provides yet another benefit you might be interested in—boosting metabolism. Catechins are referred to some as fat burners, and the amount in Matcha can boost your metabolism by nearly 40%, which can help you lose weight (along with eating healthy and regularly exercising of course).
6. Improves immune system.
Since we’re still on the catechin wave, we’ll hit you with another one of their Matcha-related benefits—fortifying your immune system due to their antibiotic properties. And Matcha’s high antioxidant count (see below) also acts as pure antibiotics. Plus, a cup of Matcha tea is high in vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium, which together help enhance your body’s immune system.
7. Achieve better blood sugar regulation and blood pressure.
If there’s one thing that really sets Matcha apart from other teas and healthy foods, it’s its antioxidant count. Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (types of antioxidants). Matcha, as well as other green teas, have proven to be effective at lowering blood sugar levels. Polyphenols are also tied to blood pressure reduction.
8. Maintain that youthful glow.
For healthier, younger-looking skin, Matcha’s antioxidants can reduce puffiness, inflammation and those ugly dark circles you might be seeing. The most known polyphenol in Matcha, EGCG, can also help with skin tone, increase the elasticity of your skin and reduce acne. Make your tea, let it cool and spray it across your face, or make a Matcha face mask to start seeing these results!
9. Detoxes the body.
Chlorophyll is a natural cleanser, and shading Matcha leaves when growing them increases how much chlorophyll each leaf contains. Some research has shown that chlorophyll might be able to detox the human body, getting rid of toxins and other harmful elements.
10. Contributes to good gut health.
The caffeine in Matcha green tea has a positive effect on gut microbiota, while its anti-inflammatory features can help calm your stomach from inflammatory irritation. Because you consume the whole leaf with Matcha green tea, you also consume absorbable dietary fiber, which is needed for digestive health.
11. Forces you to slow down.
Preparing Matcha, especially when done the traditional Japanese tea ceremony way, compels you to slow down. So for added health benefits, like reducing IBS symptoms, easing anxiety and depression and more, try mindfully meditating while enjoying your cup of Matcha green tea.
If these reasons are enough to make you wanna Matcha-fy your day, head on over to the store to check out the new Matcha tea set with free shipping.