Health Benefits of Matcha
- Avni Kaul, Nutritionist and Wellness Coach, Founder of Nutri Activania
In the time when ‘green living’ is the mantra doing the rounds, there is another exotic product that is making lovers of green go ga-ga all over the world. Matcha Tea is a traditional Japanese Green Tea with numerous health benefits. One serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea. Matcha green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than any other cup of green tea. Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet.
Some studies have shown drinking matcha green tea regularly may prevent liver damage and decrease the risk of liver disease. Matcha tea enhances the brain function by relaxing the consumer but keeping him alert. The L-Theanine found in this tea decreases stress levels and improves attention, memory and reaction time. It has been found that matcha may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Also, it reduces the LDL or the bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides while enhancing the HDL or the ”good cholesterol”.
Matcha comes from the same plant as green tea but since it is made from the entire leaf, it has more concentrated amounts of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. It should be incorporated in the daily diet to get maximum benefits.
Here are some benefits of consuming matcha:
- Matcha Tea is higher in antioxidants than any other food available to man. The magical nutrients and enzymes found in matcha tea help us to fight against the negative effects of UV radiation. They also give us younger looking skin and prevents a number of life-threatening diseases. Matcha Tea has the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity which is beneficial.
- Organic compounds catechins are the most potent and beneficial of all antioxidants. Matcha Green Tea contains more catechins than another other tea – especially epigallocatechin gallate (ECG g) which have cancer-fighting properties.
3. Matcha Green Tea contains amino acid L -Theanine which helps in producing alpha waves in the brain. Those waves induce relaxation in the consumer while keeping him alert.
4. Dopamine and serotonin are also produced by L-Theanine which improves mood and memory thereby helping in concentrating better.
5. L- Theanine in green matcha tea also increases energy levels and endurance which can last up to six hours.
6. Matcha green tea also increases body’s metabolism with no negative side effects like increased heart rate or high blood pressure. Thus the body burns fat safely and faster
7. Matcha Green Tea naturally detoxifies the body by removing heavy metals and chemical toxins
However, moderation is the key. One must not go overboard and so not more than 2 cups of matcha green tea per day along with a well-rounded diet and healthy lifestyle. Matcha Green Tea is easy to prepare. Just add 1-2 teaspoons (2-4 grams) of matcha powder to 2 ounces (60 ml) of hot water and mix it well with a bamboo whisk. The ratio can be adjusted according to the preferred consistency.