The Amazing Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

The Amazing Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

The Japanese have the longest life expectancy on the planet and they are now sharing their secrets. One of Japan's most popular healthy beverages is matcha tea. This bright green drink acts as a fat burner, detoxifier, and helps to prevent metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes.

Matcha is a finely milled green tea and it is made from the shade grown tea leaves that are also used to make ‘gyokuru’. The leaves of the plants are covered to protect them from direct sunlight and this process increases the amino acid content, especially L-theanine.  The higher grade teas are dominated by the taste of amino acids. Interestingly matcha contains 5 times as much L-theanine than your average green tea.

A serving of matcha also has 20 times more antioxidants than a serving of blueberries. Antioxidants are known to play a role in anti-aging and protecting the human body against chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis, and cataracts.

Drinking one glass of Matcha is the nutritional equivalent of drinking 10 glasses of green tea. With regular green tea, many of the nutrients get trapped within the steeped leaves. But this is not the case for matcha, as the stone-ground leaves provide a bigger hit of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids for the body. Matcha is high in caffeine, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and EGCG.

The role of L-theanine

L-theanine is a non-essential amino acid that helps the brain to function effectively and is needed to create protein molecules.  It has the following roles within the body:

  • Reduces mental stress and improve mood by increasing dopamine levels

  • Plays a significant role in reducing cholesterol levels within the blood

  • Reduces physical stress and can be used to boost immune function

  • Increases serotonin and GABA levels, which is important for the prevention of brain nerve damage.

The role of EGCG

Matcha has 100 times more EGCG than regular green tea. EGCG (catechin epigallocatechin gallate) is a potent antioxidant and essential compound in the fight against many common dieseases. A high daily intake of EGCG has a positive impact on your well–being and inner balance. Research indicates it has the following roles within the body:

  • May help regulate glucose in the body

  • Inhibits the growth of cancer cells

  • Reactivates dying skin cells (Helpful for anti-aging, patients with various skin contitions, and diabetics with slow-healing wounds) 

  • Promotes joint health and liver health

The role of polyphenol and flavonoids

Polyphenol is a powerful antioxidant that helps to stop degenerative diseases, particularly cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Flavonoids are also a very potent antioxidant that improve cardiovascular health. Research shows these antioxidants have the following roles within the body:

  • Reduces blood pressure and the chance of getting high blood pressure

  • Protects against plaque build-up in the arteries

  • Lowers cholesterol levels in the blood

Matcha improves insulin sensitivity

Matcha is known to help to prevent metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. A current study investigated the impact of drinking six cups of matcha on insulin sensitivity. The results indicated that there was a significant improvement in insulin sensitivity and the risk of developing diabetes was a reduced by 33%. Interestingly the subjects’ body fat, cholesterol and triglyceride levels were also significantly reduced and this was attributed to the role of the antioxidants aiding fat metabolism and detoxifying the liver.

Matcha is a mega detoxifier

Because the matcha leaves are protected from direct sunlight, this actually slows down crop growth and increases chlorophyll production. The chlorophyll content is far richer than in green tea and it is a major catalyst to detoxify your body by removing heavy metals and some unwanted chemicals. This makes matcha a superior daily detoxifier.

Matcha can help you lose weight

A recent study determined that matcha boosts your metabolism and helps shred the dreaded fat. This mechanism can burn four times as many calories and it does not increase your heart rate, blood pressure, or put stress on your body — which is often the case with marketed weight loss supplements.

You can buy matcha tea online from a retailer like Amazon.com, or from your local health food grocery store.