Matcha Health Benefits
Drink matcha every day for 2 weeks and be amazed by the difference in your days.
Matcha is a finely ground powder made from shade-grown green tea leaves. This special green tea contains a powerful and healthy mix of vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids.
Read on for the top five matcha tea health claims supported by research so far:
#1 Long-lasting energy boost
A bowl of matcha provides 34mg of caffeine – not bad considering an espresso coffee provides 60mg, but the tea's effect is much more intense and lasts longer because it contains two special amino acids, theophylline and L-theanine. The caffeine in matcha works together with these two amino acids to give you a sustained energy boost which can last 6 hours.
#2 Detoxifies effectively and naturally
Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, but is most prized for being rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to help our body clear out free-radicals. Free radicals are associated with human disease, including cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
High antioxidant rich foods, such as our tea, are also believed to slow down the ageing process by preventing oxidation, inhibiting mutation of DNA and helping to restore damaged DNA.
In a recent study, two scientists, Dr. David J. Weiss and Dr. Christopher R. Anderton, used micellar electrokinetic chromatography to test the levels of antioxidants found in matcha. They found that matcha contained 137x the amount of antioxidants and 3x the amount of catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than other kinds of standard green tea.
Here's how matcha compares to other anitoxidant rich superfoods.
#3 Increased metabolism & weightloss
A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by the tea's caffeine content. It was found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.
Another study demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
Both studies suggest matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning
#4 Enhances mental alertness & focus
Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive properties, capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is known to induce the brain's beta wave activity, leading to a more agitated state. Alpha wave activity can relieve stress, promote relaxation and even lower blood pressure.
Although matcha contains some caffeine, the relaxing properties of L-theanine counterbalance the "jittery" effects of caffeine. Therefore, a cup of matcha green tea promotes concentration and clarity of mind without producing any of the nervous energy typically associated with coffee.
#5 Lowers blood sugar & cholesterol levels
A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that administration of green tea beverages or extracts significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol concentrations. High levels of cholesterol increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
When you start your day by sipping matcha, you're not only choosing a drink with lots of health benefits – you're also setting the tone for a day of good choices. If you're going to make a healthy choice for yourself, make sure it really is healthy and buy good quality Japanese organic matcha.
Sadly, there are companies selling culinary grades as ceremonial. Some that sell cheap chinese knock off "matcha". We've even seen it in tea bags (it doesn't come in tea bags ). That's why we set up MYcha. Our matcha is strictly organic matcha. It contains no additives, fillers or artificial sweeteners that can be found in other high street matcha products. Super healthy, premium Japanese matcha green tea - it really is that simple.