What is Matcha Tea?
Like Green tea, Matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it is grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile.
Farmers grow matcha by covering their tea plants 20–30 days before harvest to avoid direct sunlight. The shade increases the amount of chlorophyll content in the leaves, which is what makes them bright green and full of nutrients, and boosts the amino acid content and gives the plant a darker green hue.
Once the tea leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed and the leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as matcha.
How is Matcha Tea different from Green Tea?
Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of antioxidants. It also appears to contain more EGCG than green tea. Matcha is high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Studies has shown that matcha has several health benefits, showing that it can protect the liver, promote heart health, may prevent type 2 diabetes and cancer, and even encouraging weight loss.
Promote Weight Loss
Matcha is nearly calorie free, is a great addition to a weight loss program. It boosts metabolism and burns fat. 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.
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Boost Brain Function
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning. L-theanine, alters the effects of caffeine, promoting alertness and helping to avoid the crash in energy levels that can follow caffeine consumption
Keeps your heart healthy
Matcha can help to reduce levels of total and “bad” LDL cholesterol, as well as triglycerides, lowering the risk of developing heart disease. When combined with a proper well balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, drinking matcha may help to keep your heart healthy and protect against disease.
Matcha is especially high in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin that has been shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties.
- Detoxifies your body effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Boosts Immunity
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet. (Also read –> 11 Ways To Detox Your Body)
How To Prepare Matcha Tea?
You can make traditional matcha tea by adding 1–2 teaspoons of matcha powder in hot water and mixing it together. You can also adjust the ratio of matcha powder to water based on your preferred consistency.
If you’re feeling creative, you can even try whipping up matcha lattes, puddings or protein smoothies to boost the nutrient content of your favorite recipes.
As always, moderation is a key. It’s best to stick to one or two cups per day and always look for certified organic varieties to take advantage of matcha’s health benefits without risking any side effects.
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