Numerous studies have found that there are many health benefits of matcha green tea.
Some of the benefits include:
1) Reduces Stress
Drinking matcha green tea regularly helps to reduce stress and improve your cognitive abilities.
This is because matcha green tea contains a high level of L-theanine (up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea), which is a type of amino acid that has been shown to reduce mental and physical stress and improve memory and attention.
2) Boosts the Immune System
Matcha green tea can also help to boost your immune system. It contains a high level of chlorophyll that can help cleanse and purge the body of harmful elements. When producing matcha, the Camellia sinensis plant is covered with bamboo mats prior to harvesting. This reduction of sunlight causes a surge in chlorophyll production by the plants, resulting in matcha being substantially richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. Chlorophyll is the element that gives plants their green color and is a powerful detoxifier that eliminates both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.
3) Prevents Illnesses such as Cancer and Influenza
Matcha green tea contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which is a substance that counters the damaging effects of oxidation in a living organism and prevents illnesses such as cancer. Experts at Tufts University found that matcha contains much more antioxidant than pomegranates or blueberries. The ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) rating for Matcha is 1300 units per gram, compared just 105 units per gram for pomegranates and 91 units per gram for blueberries.
More importantly, Matcha contains a very high concentration of catechins, which is a unique, potent class of antioxidant. A study by Hiroshi Yamada, Doctor of Internal Medicine at Shizuoka General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Shizuoka University, found that gargling with tea catechin extracts can help prevent influenza infection.
In 2003, researchers from the University of Colorado found that the Matcha contains up to 137 times more EGCG (epicgallocatechin gallate) than other commercially available green teas. EGCG is a catechin with the most potent cancer-fighting properties. In 2008, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi found that consuming EGCG significantly inhibits breast tumor growth in female mice.
4) Prevents Heart Diseases
Matcha green tea also helps to reduce our bad cholesterol level, hence preventing heart diseases. A meta-analysis of fourteen studies with 1136 subjects found that green tea beverages or extracts significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol concentrations, while having no effect on HDL cholesterol.
LDL-cholesterol, informally called the bad cholesterol particles, causes health problems and cardiovascular disease. In contrast, HDL-cholesterol, frequently referred to as good cholesterol or healthy cholesterol particles, help remove cholesterol from within artery atheroma and transport it back to the liver for re-utilization or excretion.
5) Burns Calories
Last but not least, Matcha green tea helps us burn more calories, which can help in losing weight. A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that consuming green tea produces a significant increase in energy expenditure (a measure of metabolism) in individuals, combined with a significant effect on fat oxidation. It is found that consuming matcha green tea can increase the body’s rate of burning calories from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to significantly higher rate of 35% to 43%.