Many of us wonder whether calling Matcha an elixir for life is a myth or does it really have “magical healing” properties? Over the past few years, many researchers have taken up the responsibility to scientifically prove this special beverage to improve the health of one's heart, brain, and overall body. However, it's important to answer one critical question.
What exactly is Matcha?
Originally from Japan, Matcha is a green tea powder made by a unique process of stone grinding the leaves of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plant. This special manufacturing process ensures that just 1 cup (237 ml) of Matcha tea is packed with antioxidants that is equivalent to 10 cups (711 ml) of normal green tea.
Apart from antioxidants, this delicious green tea is rich in vitamins including A, E, K, C, and B-complex. It also contains trace minerals such as chromium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc. Moreover, Matcha has a generous amount of a special yet rare amino acid called L-theanine.
There are many reasons for drinking Matcha, but let's just focus on these five reasons that can justify incorporating this marvellous drink as a part of your daily diet.
1) Promotes a healthy heart
Matcha tea is a rich source of antioxidants such as EGCG, containing more than 137 times EGCG present in China Tips green tea and almost 3 times the level of other varieties. EGCG has anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties. Thus, consuming EGCG in moderation can also help lower the level of LDL cholesterol and maintain blood sugar. (1) (2)
Consequently, the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke can be reduced by almost 26% by consuming more than 5 cups of green tea per day as compared with adults who consume less than 1 cup per day. (3) (4)
In other words, antioxidants in the Matcha green tea could reduce the risk of heart disease or a stroke.
2) Food for brain
Matcha is a great source of L-theanine. The L-theanine in Matcha has anti-anxiolytic properties that are highly beneficial for mental health.
When taken along with EGCG and caffeine, L-theanine helps to boost alpha waves in the brain, which encourages relaxation, increases mental clarity, improves cognitive ability, and enhances mood without inducing drowsiness. (5) (6)(7)
The abundant levels of antioxidants and chlorophyll present in Matcha help detoxify the blood and boost the immune system. This can help our body prevent oxidative stress, which could be responsible for treating illnesses such as mental imbalance, disturbances, anxiety disorder, depression, Alzheimer's and chronic fatigue syndrome. (8)
3) Improves oral health
High level of depression and anxiety can result in poor oral health. Drinking Matcha has been proven to help relax and meditate without resulting in symptoms of a caffeine crash. This is why Matcha intake can lower overall stress levels that can eventually translate into a relatively lower level of cavities, gum diseases, and tooth sensitivity. (9)(10)
Scientific evidence also suggests that the unique composition of green teas can abolish the incidence of bad breath and prevent tooth decay by repressing bacterial growth. (11)(12)(13)
Surprisingly, in case of curing bad breath, green tea has outperformed other products used for bad breath such as parsley-seed oil, chewing gum, and even mints. This explains the reason for using green tea extracts in oral care products.
4) Helps fight Cancer
It is a proven fact that the natural antioxidants present in the green tea possess significant anti-cancer properties. According to varied researches, green tea can help fight a variety of cancers such as oral, gastric, lung or liver. (14)
To validate this link between green tea and cancer, a study was conducted on a sample population of Japanese in 1997. The result of this study shows that after controlling for other variables such as diet and medication, especially in the case of female, adults who consumed 10 cups of green tea per day exhibited lower incidences of cancer. Hence, it is evident from these results that EGCG present in the green tea can help protect healthy cells from malicious cancer-causing cells. (15)(16)
Moreover, the research conducted by the University of Salford reveals that Matcha's natural compounds can directly help to overcome cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy. (17)
Therefore, apart from preventing the development of cancer, studies show that green tea may even aid cancer treatment.
5) Helps in weight loss
Green tea is positively associated with fat oxidation and improved metabolism. Research on body-weight management conducted in 2016, shows that consuming caffeine and EGCG is relatively a safe and effective way to reduce body weight. According to this research, green tea has the potential to increase calorie expenditure and help to burn body fat.
The mixture of caffeine and antioxidants can also help improve metabolic rate, that usually falls as a response to weight loss. In other words, drinking green tea is a highly efficient way to manage BMI (body mass index) after weight loss. (18)
More recent research specifically related to Matcha green tea shows that Matcha can enhance fat oxidation during a 30-min brisk walk especially in females aged 27-28 years. (19)
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