Historically only enjoyed by a privileged few in Japan, MATCHA is a healthy option that has become globally popular and available. Mostly grown and produced in Japan, the powdered green tea has origins that date back to 7th century China and has tons of potent health benefits.
Here are 5 awesome reasons why everyone should be drinking matcha.
Plenty of Antioxidants
Sometimes referred to as a powerfood, matcha offers up plenty of antioxidants that help to fight off or protect against major infections and diseases. Containing powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols, matcha has been known to protect against cancers, HIV, heart problems and liver disease. Incidentally, polyphenols are also good as an anti-aging compound, protecting against UV radiation and free radicals that damage healthy skin.
Because the green tea leaves that are used in Matcha undergo a different harvesting process, the end product has an elevated amount of an amino acid called L-Theanine that promotes a feeling of calmness. Unlike other green tea leaves, the ones used in producing matcha are shaded away from the sun for the last couple of weeks of the leaves’ growth cycle. This helps to boost chlorophyll production (as well as L-Theanine) and brightens leaf color before being ground into a fine powder. As a result, avid matcha drinkers are able to get their caffeine fix without the jittery effect of coffee and maintain clarity.
Weight Loss Potential
Another potent antioxidant that can be found in matcha is EGCG. The compound has been highlighted in smaller studies throughout the years, most recently in 2008, by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition for properties that promote fat oxidation which goes above and beyond the tea’s regular caffeine content. The results showed approximately 2-3 times more energy spent during the day and a slightly higher rate at which the body burns fat during daily exercise.
Good Source of Fiber
Given that matcha leaves are left relatively unprocessed before they are ground, they retain a good amount of natural fiber that can be easily absorbed by the body. Couple this with it’s calming properties and matcha can be consumed to improve constipation, bloating and symptoms of IBS.
Power of Green
Responsible for the vibrant color of the leaves, it’s been long theorized that chlorophyll also acts as a detoxifier and can help to rid the human body of toxins, poisons and dioxins (or harmful environmental pollutants). Debatable, the claim has been and continues to be widely disputed as scientific research currently doesn’t support it.
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