Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Matcha green tea has an abundance of benefits, rightly earning its reputation as one of the best super foods in the world. In today's world we understand people love information broken down into numbered lists! So here are the...
TOP 8 BENEFITS OF MATCHA TEA
- Weight loss
Green tea helps speed up your metabolism enough to make a reduction to your weight over time. However, Matcha green tea is unrivalled if you're trying to lose a few pounds (or if you love metric, kg). Matcha aids weight loss by boosting your body's thermogenesis, which is the body's rate of burning calories, from your natural rate of 8-10% to an impressive 35-40%. In addition to that Matcha also helps normalize your blood sugar levels, which significantly helps your body burn even more fat. Best of all this is proven by science, not a marketing team! Together with a balanced diet and a regular active lifestyle, Matcha green tea powder is a perfect weight loss choice, not just for the short term but for maintaining the body you want.
- Powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
Every day your body is exposed to damaging elements which can harm your organs, skin, and cause premature ageing, amongst other health problems. Luckily, your body has everything it needs to fight and neutralise these elements by creating and using antioxidants, providing you consume enough of the right foods to enable this.
Scientists came up with a measurement called ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) which measures the overall antioxidizing properties of any food. For example blueberries are highly regarded as antioxidant super food with a rating of 105, and Matcha green tea has over 17 times the power of blueberries with 1297 ORAC score per gram.
Matcha is packed with key vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy, such as...
- Vitamin C - A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C protects your body against many of the harmful pollutants found in everyday life such as cigarette smoke and other toxic chemicals.
- Selenium - A super charged antioxidant that plays a key role for your body's metabolism and protecting your body's cells from damage.
- Chromium - A fast fat fighter! Chromium helps your body become better equipped to manage blood sugar on its own. Chromium helps reduce food cravings, and enable your body's fat and cholesterol levels to drop.
- Zinc - One of the key vitamins for the production of many of your hormones. Immediately boosts testosterone levels in men, aiding strength training and faster recovery. It also supports male and female fertility due to increased balance of a wide range of hormones. Zinc has so many benefits, such as elevated mood, lower risk of depression, improvement in cardiovascular health, energy levels and cognitive function.
- Magnesium - Often called 'the missing link to better health' because over 80% of people have a magnesium deficiency. Deficiency can lead to a wide array of health problems, as it's an essential element that your body relies on to manufacture amino acids and hormones.
- Detoxifies & clears skins
Our pursuit of vibrant youthful skin makes the UK skin care industry just over a billion pounds each year! So it's no surprise that maintaining great skin is very important to us, boosting our confidence. The secret to great skin comes from within, the old saying you are what you eat is very true (though not literal!). Consuming Matcha can help you achieve and maintain healthy glowing skin. The secret is Matcha's abundance of Catechins, which trap and nullify free radicals in the skin, helping prevent the signs of ageing. Matcha can also be used effectively externally as a beauty face mask ingredient, it's a great anti-inflammatory agent, effectively battling acne and other skin conditions. You can go all out and use it in a face mask and have a nice soothing cup of Matcha green tea at the same time!
- Enhances mood & calms naturally
The combination of L-theanine, a mood boosting amino acid, and caffeine in Matcha green tea powder gives you a natural boost of clean energy and alertness that lasts for hours. The L-theanine helps balance the caffeine allowing the brain to focus without the jitteriness associated with caffeine. Zen Buddhist monks used Matcha to assist with meditation to achieve a zen state of mind, and let's face it, we could all do with a bit more zen in our lives these days. Matcha essentially helps your brain reach an alpha state, giving you a relaxed feeling where blood pressure is reduced and stress levels are lowered. This is why this ancient super food is perfect for today's busy lifestyle.
- High Source of Fibre
Absorbable dietary fibre can help your body control blood sugar levels, keep your heart healthy, provide relief from IBS, ease constipation, reduce the risk of strokes and aid weight loss. Matcha Powder has around 314mg (per 30g pack/tin) of fibre compared to 10mg found in regular green tea, that is quite a significant margin!
6. All Day Energy
Coffee and regular teas tend to only give you a short restless pick-me-up, which can add unwanted stress levels and energy crashes. Matcha on the other hand, provides you with a steady release of energy. The caffeine in Matcha is a different type known as theophylline, only found in tea. Caffeine in coffee can be absorbed within 30 minutes where-as Matcha theophylline releases energy for 3 to 6 hours (some studies have found it to be 8-10 hours), keeping you focused and alert through-out the day. Studies show that Matcha can give you a 25% increase in physical endurance when drunk before exercising etc, making it a great work out aid and alternative to those high-sugar energy drinks which we consume way too often! It is well documented that Shogun warriors drank Matcha before going into battle to maintain energy levels and alertness, if it works for warriors in battle it will definitely benefit your every day energy struggles.
Matcha is a fine powder that can be used for and added to an abundance of drinks and recipes. This makes it a great choice for those of you who are not fans of green tea's distinctive flavour but want the brilliant benefits. You can simply add it to smoothies, shakes, in cake making, ice cream, salad dressings and marinades! The list goes on and on and on, check out our recipes for great ways to use your Matcha. You can also get exclusive new recipes by subscribing to our mailing list.
8. High Levels of EGCG
Epigallocatechin (EGCG) is a type of catechin and a very healthy component with numerous benefits. It has chemopreventive properties (aiding the prevention of cancer). Cancer and heart disease rates have been found to be lower throughout Asian cultures that drink a lot of green tea, despite bad habits such as smoking being quite common. EGCG's also help the body fight infections, such as hepatitis B and C, influenza, herpes and a number of other bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Matcha is in no way a miracle preventer or cure, it merely can aid and assist. Always, always, consult a medical practitioner.
Nutritional Content of Matcha Tea (per 25g)
Protein: 2.55 g
Carbs: 3.208 g
Sodium: 0.05 mg
Potassium: 22.5 mg
Calcium: 3.5 mg
Magnesium: 1.916 mg
Iron: 1.41 mg
Zinc: 0.525 mg
Vitamin K: 24.16 IU
Thiamin: 0.05 mg
Niacin: 0.33 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.08 mg
Folaic Acid: 1 mg
Catechins 87.5 mg
Amino acids 28.33 mg
L-theanine 11.916 mg
Caffeine 29.16 mg
Fiber 265 mg
Vitamin C 1.458 mg
Vitamin A 242.5 IU