10 AMAZING BENEFITS OF MATCHA
1. MATCHA TEA IS LOADED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
The Good Guys…
Matcha green tea is bursting with antioxidants. These are the good guys that flow through your body hunting down nasty free radicals. Alcohol, cigarette smoke and air pollution all create oxidants in your body. Too many oxidants are not good for you. They cause oxidative stress and can make you vulnerable to disease.
The antioxidant in matcha tea is the powerful EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). It is a catechin and polyphenol. A 2003 study at the University of Colorado confirmed that there are 137 times more antioxidants in matcha tea than regular green tea. These antioxidants assist the body in preventing cell damage.
When compared to other antioxidant rich foods, matcha is the clear winner. One gram of matcha equals 1384 ORAC units. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity. ORAC assesses the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. The higher the number, the more the antioxidant affects our body.
The chart below shows Matcha as the ultimate antioxidant rich superfood.
2. BOOST METABOLISM AND AID WEIGHT LOSS
Get Your Skinny Jeans On!
Good news for those of us who want to get a bit thinner. Drinking matcha increases thermogenesis, a fancy word for the body’s way of burning energy. Studies from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show this can be 8-10% while resting and as much as 25% if you consume matcha before exercising. The abundance of EGCG’s may also help prevent the growth of new fat cells. Time to get those running shoes on!
One cup of matcha tea has only 3-5 calories. Far lower than calorie loaded drinks such as a 375ml can of Coca Cola containing 161 calories or a 250ml glass of orange juice which has 136 calories.
Let’s Get the Body Clean!
Matcha tea has high levels of Chlorophyll and is full of vitamins and minerals. Chlorophyll is very effective in helping to detox and cleanse the body. It appears that Chlorophyll can assist with the elimination of toxins, including heavy metals. Chlorophyll aids restoration of red blood cells and therefore gives the blood more oxygen. It also maintains alkalinity of blood.
4. MIND CALMING AND MENTAL CLARITY
Keep Calm, Drink Matcha
Arm yourself with a super clear head. Matcha tea contains the amino acid L-theanine which increases the activity of alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves produce a deep state of relaxation and at the same time elevate a sharp mental clarity. Matcha improves your memory, creativity and focus whilst reducing levels of stress. Unlike some teas such as chamomile, matcha won’t make you drowsy. The benefits of matcha have been known for many years. Almost 1000 years ago, Chinese buddhist monks were drinking matcha tea to assist with deep meditation and concentration. As effective today as it was back then, some good things never change!
5. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Nobody wants to suffer from high cholesterol. In a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the results were very encouraging. Matcha significantly lowered total cholesterol and in particular the dreaded LDL.
6. HEALTHY GUMS AND TEETH
Get that smile on!
Other benefits of matcha tea is its antibacterial qualities. It has been found to inhibit the growth of bacteria which is beneficial in preventing gum disease. After drinking matcha tea a coating of catechin (antioxidant) covers your teeth which protects them and your gums.
Squash those aches and pains
The catechins including EGCG present in matcha green tea have impressive anti-inflammatory qualities. Scientific studies have found that consumption of green tea have helped reduce inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, inflammation of the liver, forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease such as Crohn’s disease as well as stomach inflammation.
8. ANTI-AGEING & SKIN ENHANCER
Roll back the years!
Again it is those amazing antioxidants (polyphenols) that fight inflammation and oxidation, both of which age the body. Antioxidants help the body’s defence mechanism to prevent ageing and chronic disease.
The benefits of matcha for skin enhancement have also been discovered. In a study of 60 female volunteers, half the women were given green tea and the other half a ‘control’ (placebo) drink. The women were asked to consume their drink daily for 12 weeks.
In the group of women who consumed green tea, their skin showed 25% less redness following exposure to UV radiation (sunlight simulating). Compared to the women who consumed the placebo drink showing no effect.
“Skin structural characteristics that were positively affected included elasticity, roughness, scaling, density, and water homeostasis. Intake of the green tea polyphenol beverage for 12 wk increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin. In summary, green tea polyphenols delivered in a beverage were shown to protect skin against harmful UV radiation and helped to improve overall skin quality of women.” – Institute for Experimental Dermatology, University of Witten-Herdecke, D-58455 Witten, Germany
9. IMPROVES IMMUNE SYSTEM
Fight colds and flu
Matcha green tea fortifies the immune system. This helps to decrease the incidences of colds and flu. The benefits of matcha have also been found to decrease the severity of cold and flu symptoms. It is particularly good for treating gastrointestinal disorders. This assists the body to excrete harmful toxins and chemicals. Some studies have shown promising signs that Matcha may help prevent the development of cancer.
The high amounts of antioxidants present in matcha fight off infections and free radicals. Green tea also contains many trace minerals and chlorophyll. These support the body by aiding in the natural cleansing process.
10. VITAMINS & MINERALS
Matcha is packed full of wonderful vitamins and minerals. These include Vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, K and trace minerals. Also present are beta carotene, essential fatty acids and fibre, making this a nutrient packed drink.