HEALTH BENEFITS OF MATCHA

Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, traditionally consumed in East Asia but has become trendy tea in many countries.

Matcha is loaded with health promoting compounds like catechin antioxidants, L-theanine and vitamins. There are various health benefits of Matcha that were proven.  

1. JITTER-FREE ENERGY

All green tea contains L-theanine but the levels found in matcha are unmatched. This unique amino acid acts as the antagonist to caffeine. It helps to calm your nervous system, so you still get the energy boost but with less of the jitters or shakiness that people commonly associate with drinking lots of caffeine (like coffee).

While most green tea have 4 milligrams of L-theanine per serving, a teaspoon of matcha has 20 milligrams.

 

2. SUPPORT HEART HEALTH

Like other green teas, matcha contains powerful antioxidants called catechins. Catechins has been scientifically shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system. 

Matcha is especially high in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is shown to be helpful in supporting healthy arteries. 

Matcha may also help support healthy cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. 

 

3. SUPPORT BRAIN HEALTH & MEMORY

Studies have shown that drinking matcha every day for 3 months can support healthy cognitive functioning.

In another study on healthy adults, those who were given matcha demonstrated better performance in reaction time, memory and attention when compared with a group given a placebo.

 

4. PROMOTE HEALTHY WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & METABOLISM

Green tea has a long proven history of supporting healthy digestion and metabolism. And matcha green tea is no exception!

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that drinking matcha regularly can result in an increase in the body’s rate of thermogenesis (the rate at which you burn calories) from 8-10% to 35-43%! That same study also showed the possibility of supporting healthy body fat levels by drinking matcha. 

In one study, women drank a cup of matcha before a 30-minute brisk walk. Scientists learned that consuming the matcha led to an increase in how much fat was broken down to be used as energy during the walk. 

 

5. SUPPORT HEALTHY STRESS RESPONSE

In one double-blind study, researchers gave participants a drink containing L-theanine or a placebo. Then they measured the participants’ cortisol response after a stress-inducing multitasking test.

Anxiety-prone participants demonstrated a healthier cortisol response after drinking L-theanine. This type of improved stress management has also been experienced by people who aren’t typically high-stressed.

 

6. HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse! Based on its Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) rating—a way of measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods—matcha contains 15 times more antioxidants than blueberries!

In a nutshell, antioxidants behave like a cleanup crew, helping to rid the body of harmful free radicals. So, increasing the consumption of green tea antioxidants may offer a range of benefits, from supporting your immune system to supporting your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response. 

With regard to drinking tea, studies have shown that drinking matcha regularly reduced the damage caused by free radicals and enhanced antioxidant activity. 

 

7. SUPPORT A POSITIVE MOOD

Another benefit of matcha’s L-theanine is its effect on neurotransmitters. These are important chemical messenger that deliver information from different parts of body to brain.

Certain neurotransmitters influence how you feel. For instance, serotonin helps regulate positive feelings; dopamine gives off a happy, rewarding sensation and GABA can regulate anxiousness.

L-theanine acts as a relaxing agent and increases all three of these critical neurotransmitters to naturally improve moods.

 

8. MAY SUPPORT HEALTHY LIVER FUNCTION AND CELL VITALITY

Our bodies are overwhelmed with toxins every day. One of the major organs responsible for filtering out these invaders is the liver. Some studies show that matcha may help protect and support healthy liver function.

One reason for this may be matcha’s high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the chemical responsible for that lovely green color in plants. It has been shown to support cellular cleansing, by helping to remove heavy metals, toxins, and chemicals from the body. 

 

9. SUPPORT MENTAL FOCUS

The synergistic effect of matcha’s caffeine and L-theanine is commonly described as “relaxed alertness”. The caffeine helps the brain focus and stay alert while L-theanine helps it relax. This type of energy is ideal if you’re involved in creative work or big picture strategic thinking.

Fun fact: Samurai warriors drank matcha tea before going into battle because it would energize and help them focus. One of matcha’s earliest uses was an aid to the meditation practice of Japanese monks. Drinking matcha would help them sit alert and calm for hours.

 

10. SUPPORT HEALTHY IMMUNE FUNCTION

Matcha’s antioxidants and amino acids might also help support one of the hardest working systems in your body: your immune system. 

According to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, L-theanine may support a healthy immune response to infection. And a separate study discovered that L-theanine may support your body’s natural anti-inflammatory response.

The EGCg found in matcha may also help promote a healthy inflammation response and protect the body against potentially harmful foreign invaders.

Future Generation Co. Ltd has been developing various types of Matcha tea. Our products can be found in supermarkets, grocery stores and online shop throughout Vietnam.

- Gina - 

Source: https://blog.piquetea.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/

 

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