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Health Benefits of Regular Matcha Green Tea Consumption

Matcha green tea’s history and cultivation process is interesting, but what counts the most to drinkers is its health advantages. If you’re not taking matcha green tea regularly yet, you’re trailing behind the times!

The following are the main health benefits of this wonder beverage:

Cancer Prevention

The most notable catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), whose anti-carcinogenic properties are established. According to a 2003 University of Colorado study, 1 cup of matcha green tea contains up to 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than there are in a cup of the typical green tea.

Anti-Aging

Some of the oldest people in the world today are Okinawans of Japan. Their longevity is partly a result of their daily matcha green tea habit. Although green tea matcha has always been is the most popular green tea in Japan, it is fast increasing in worldwide popularity due to its prowess in fighting inflammation, oxidation and aging.

LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction

Based on a 2011 study, whose results were discussed in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue, matcha green tea and other kinds of green tea or extracts, considerably lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body when taken regularly.

Weight Control

In a research study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, catechin-rich green tea extracts were found to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis more than the drink’s caffeine stores could explain. Researchers more specifically established that drinking green tea pumps up thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to a maximum of 35-43%.

In yet another study, it was shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea burns 25% more fat by the end of the exercise. And here’s what – in both studies, it is suggested that matcha green tea can enhance not just the body’s fat-burning rate but also its resting metabolic rate!

Detoxification

Being grown in the shade, matcha has more chlorophyll than other kinds of green tea. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire range of toxins and hormone disrupters.

Brain Power

Matcha green tea has up to 5 times more L-theanine, an amino acid known to fight stress, than the usual green tea. This allows the beverage to enhance focus and clarity of mind minus the jittery effects produced by coffee.

Healthy Bowel

Lastly, matcha green tea leaves contain rich stores of easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is popular for its ability to prevent constipation and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits include its ability to prevent constipation and neutralize blood sugar levels.

Who knows what other ways matcha green tea can improve health? Good thing the drink is now available in different convenient forms, such as matcha powder or teabags. To make your experience fuller, you can even get an entire matcha tea set. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Try it and make new discoveries.