What is Matcha Tea and what is the all buzz about??
Matcha tea has recently been dubbed a 'Miracle tea'. A Japanese traditional tea for over 1000 years, it has only come to light over the last several years why this tea has been important part of Japanese well-being. One of the locales in the world where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people's longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.
Advanced in chemical compound research has allowed scientists to break down Matcha and truly understand its health giving properties and why there are so many old folk living longer in Japan.
As a start, Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than green tea, this super tea helps fight against cancer, help burns fat, helps reduce stress, it boosts the immune system and helps lower cholesterol. It delivers a lot in just one cup!!
6.2 times that of Goji Berries
7 times that of Dark Chocolate
17 times that of Wild Blueberries
60.5 times that of Spinach
And if you’re still not convinced to include this magnificent tea into your daily diet here’s the science:
The Cancer-Fighting Antioxidant
Matcha contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins. Catechins have been proven to help counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, raditation and chemicals which can all lead to cell and DNA damage. However Matcha doesn’t just contain a few catechins, it contains 137 times the amount found in a conventional cup of green tea!! Not only that it contains the right catchins, over 60% of the catechins in matcha are EGCg the most effective catchin, a daily matcha regimen can help preserve and prevent the body’s well-being and balance.
Over a thousand years ago, Matcha came to Japan brought over from China by Monks as an aid to meditation. During long meditation sittings, monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet relaxed and calm.
Matcha contains L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation Matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than conventional black and green teas. As an additional benefit, L-Theanine may help memory and learning and ability!
The Energy Booster
Without the high caffeine from your regular coffee, Matcha is a natural energy booster. So whether you need to finish that project or just collect the kids from school Matcha tea is a great source of energy. When you are feeling tired in the afternoon try a cup to pick up your energy levels.
The Calorie Burner
Already almost calorie free, Matcha can be used along with any weight loss program. A recent study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming Matcha increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) by 25%, without putting any strain on the body by raising blood pressure or heart rate making it a safe alternative to other fat burning suppliments. Miraculously Matcha was found to promote fat oxidation beyond that explained by the tea's caffeine content. It was found that consuming Matcha increased thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure. Matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning .
Green is truly the colour of health. Matcha helps to safely cleanse and remove the body of harmful elements. Chlorophyll the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature verdant colour is also a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. And because matcha is carefully shade-grown, it is substantially richer in chlorophyll than other green teas, making it a superior daily detox.
The Heart Disease preventer
A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that administration of the miracle drink significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and LDL, meaning that it also helped reduce the amount of fat carried in the blood steam, helping keep your heart healthy.
Matcha the Fibre provider
Wait theres more…… Matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily-absorbable dietary fibre. Dietary fibre helps keep your bowels healthy by easing constipation and stabilize blood sugar levels all contributing to the reduction in colonic cancer formation.
To summarise why you should be drinking Matcha :
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms and relaxes
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Fights against viruses and bacteria
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Is rich in fibre
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- Does not raise insulin levels
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Posted 7th March 2013 By Rebecca at Charbrew