Don’t Know Matcha About Green Tea? January 27 2017
Matcha is a tea powder ground from the finest green tea leaves, concentrating the benefits of green tea many times over. With sole origin from Japan, it used to be unique to Japanese tea ceremony for over hundreds of years and honored in the eyes of Buddhist monks as a powerful ‘health elixir’. Matcha green tea is now introduced into western lifestyle. With just a few sips you experience the potency of matcha teas’ vibrating health benefits.
An antioxidant powerhouse
Due to environmental and lifestyle situations oxidative stress can occur. “Oxidative stress has been linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic illness.” Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that intervene and prevent oxidative stress. Essentially, the more you have the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.
Matcha tea has as many antioxidants – polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins - as 10 cups of brewed green tea. (1)(5)
How can this be? Let's break it down: All the goodies are jam-packed in the tealeaves. However, when poured a cup of loose-leaf green tea you only benefit from a fraction of the nutrients. In solution, instead of munching on tealeaves or gulping down gallons, in walks Matcha: stone ground whole green tea leaves, grown in the shade, delivering the full spread of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants radiating from each leave. (4) (5)
Cancer fighting properties
Of these powerful antioxidants, a specific class known as catechins contains highly potent cancer fighting properties. According to the National Cancer Institute, catechins have substantial free radical-scavenging capability and research has revealed that they protect against ultraviolet B radiation damage. (2) Harvard research has shown catechins to hold more powerful disease-fighting abilities in stopping oxidative damage to cells than vitamins C and E. (3)
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“A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.” Studies have shown that body fat mass, BMI, body weight, and weight circumference were all significantly lower after consuming green tea for a consistent period of time. Put simply, matcha boosts metabolism and burns fat without putting stress on the body. (1)
Aids in Detox
Chlorophyll is a highly effective detoxifier aiding in the elimination of toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals that we absorb into our body from our every-day environment. It also increases the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen to the cells within the body, allowing regeneration and cleansing at the cellular level. Matcha is high in chlorophyll due to its shade-grown process. Limited sunlight stimulates production levels of chlorophyll in order to maximize absorption of sunlight. (1)
Increased exercise performance
Clinical tests suggest it can help speed recovery in athletes with workouts focused on high-intensity. It is shown to reverse cellular damage caused by oxidative-nitrosative stress (aka the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants, an imbalance which ultimately leads to cell damage, preventing repair and causing disease). (1)
Stable energy boost
“Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. While stress can induce beta waves and excited, more agitated state, L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness.”(1) Additionally, L-Theanine may help memory and learning ability by promoting concentration and clarity, but without the jitters linked to coffee consumption.
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*Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
(1)Dr Axe. (2014, January 13). Matcha green tea benefits cancer killing and fat burning. Retrieved December 10, 2016, from Immune System, https://draxe.com/matcha-green-tea-burns-fat-and-kills-cancer/
(2)National Cancer Institute. (2010, November 17). Tea and cancer prevention. Retrieved December 10, 2016, from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/diet/tea-fact-sheet
(3)Publications, H. H. (2015, May 20). Benefit of drinking green tea: The proof is in -- drinking tea is healthy, says Harvard women’s health watch - Harvard health. Retrieved December 10, 2016, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea
(4)Weiss, D., & Anderton, C. (2003). Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography.Journal of chromatography.A.1011, 173–80. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14518774
(5)Willcox, J., Ash, S., & Catignani, G. (2004). Antioxidants and prevention of chronic disease. Critical reviews in food science and nutrition.,44(4), 275–95. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15462130/