Matcha green tea, with more antioxidants, EGCG, and L-Theanine than any superfood or drink, relieves stress, increases mental focus and concentration and lowers the risk of many diseases. Another advantage to making Matcha tea your beverage of choice is that it boosts brain cell production, providing benefits for memory and spatial learning.
Matcha tea helps to prevent damage to the brain cells and helps to preserve brain health, keeping your cognitive abilities sharp. In fact a clinical study on 1003 Japanese students back in 2006, found that those who drank one cup of Matcha green tea a day lowered their risk of cognitive problems by 38%. Students who drank two cups a day reduced their risk by as much as 54%.
A 2005 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that Matcha tea, being rich in catechins EGCG, has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by the tea’s caffeine content. It was found that consuming Matcha tea increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.
EGCG has been shown in some lab studies to boost metabolism, and other research has shown that EGCG may help stop the growth of new fat cells. Both studies suggest that Matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning.
Consumption of Matcha has also an impact on your appetite. It increases the production of CCK, a hormone naturally released in our intestine that tells the brain when there’s enough food for the body.
One of the places in the World where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people’s longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea. It is the most popular green tea in Japan, but it is rapidly gaining more popularity throughout the World because of its ability to fight inflammation, oxidation and aging.
Another added benefit of Matcha tea is its lack of toxicity. This is to say, its regular consumption does not cause inadvertent toxins to build up and negatively affect body functions and cells. Instead, it promotes detoxification thanks to the high amount of chlorophyll contained in this miraculous powder.
With 137 times the antioxidants (Epigallo catechin “EGCG) contained in a cup of standard green tea, 6.1 times that of Goji Berries per gram, 7 times that of high quality Dark Chocolate, 17 times more than Blueberries, 60,5 times more than Spinach (and the list goes on and on) Matcha is an absolute treasure for your health.
EGCG is a powerful polyphenol that protects our body from toxic compounds also known as “free radicals”, which promote cellular damage, aging, and the development of many forms of disease.
EGCG also inhibit the growth of many type of cancer cells.
Matcha contains high amount of Chlorophyll, thanks to its unique way of being grown. Plants are shade grown for the last 3 weeks prior to the harvest, and the lack of sunlight forces the plant to produce large amount of Chlorophyll, which is known to be a powerful detoxifier for our body.
It helps our body to get rid of stored toxins, heavy metals, poisons and hormone disrupters. Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives the leaves their green colour. The brighter colour of your Matcha translates not only in better quality and taste, but also in higher amount of Chlorophyll, L-Theainine and many other components.
Matcha is a perfect choice when in need of a sustained boost of energy, courtesy of the caffeine present in it. Matcha’s caffeine content has a very different impact on our body compared to caffeine contained in coffee and other energy drinks.
First of all caffeine in Matcha is alkalizing rather than acidic. Also, caffeine in Matcha works in synergy with a rare amino acid known as L-Theanine ( found almost nowhere else but in the tea plant) resulting in a long and slow release of energy into our system, avoiding that jittery effect and crash that caffeine in coffee causes.
It also doesn’t have any impact on our adrenal glands, which can cause some serious harm over long periods of time.
As mentioned earlier, the high number of Catechins EGCG found in Matcha has plenty of health benefits to offer to our body.
One of them is cancer prevention. That’s correct, Matcha can help you fight cancer. The Catechins in green tea have the ability to break the link between infection and cancer, and slow down the growth of tumors.
It also has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Making Matcha part of your daily habits is a safe and long term investment in your health.