Truly Awesome Matcha Green Tea Benefits

August 01, 2016

Truly Awesome Matcha Green Tea Benefits

Are you only steeping your green tea in teabags? If so, you might be throwing away valuable nutrition. Green tea leaves are packed with nutrients that offer all kinds of health benefits, and to impart those benefits, they need to be consumed. In order to get the most out of your green tea, you should seriously consider trying matcha, as you consume the entire leaf. People adore matcha for its vibrant green color, herbaceous flavor, and energy boosting qualities. What’s more, matcha green tea also happens to be incredibly good for you.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely milled green tea powder made from tench (green tea leaves) with a smooth finish and wonderful umami (rich and savory taste). It is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony and prepared using a sifter, bamboo whisk, hot water and a tea bowl, as we wrote about in a recent article, How to Make Matcha.

Among its many unique health benefits are matcha’s ability to spark weight loss and detoxify the body. In fact, matcha, with zero calories per 2 oz serving, fits right into the category of superfoods, with its high level of antioxidants, nutrient density, and ability to relieve stress naturally.

It might even be at the top of the list. Matcha green tea is packed with more antioxidants than any other superfood. It is notable that almost 60 percent of the catechins found in matcha are EGCg, which affects free radicals encased by everyday stress, such a pollution and UV rays.

Why Drink Matcha

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons you need to add matcha to your diet and make it part of your daily ritual. As usual, check with your doctor before you embark on a new diet regimen.

  1. Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than ordinary green tea and more antioxidants per gram than goji berries and dark chocolate
  2. One cup of matcha tea contains 10 times the total amount of nutrition contained in regular green tea. This means you receive 100 percent of the total nutritional benefits
  3. Matcha green tea helps to boost your metabolism and increase energy without the jittery crash associated with coffee
  4. It helps to calm your mind and relax the body
  5. It’s rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and fiber
  6. Matcha detoxifies the body naturally and effectively
  7. It aids in concentration and enhances your mood (there’s a reason Zen monks have used it as a meditative aid for thousands of years)
  8. It supplies the body with vitamins and minerals including zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C for overall well being
  9. Matcha may lower blood sugar and cholesterol level
  10. Several studies have shown that matcha can increase thermogenesis, the body’s ability to burn fat from daily average of just 8–10 percent to a high of 35–40 percent. A tea that helps you burn fat? Yes, really!

It’s clear from the many health benefits of matcha green tea that this superfood is one worth trying as a tea, in matcha smoothies and even in your all natural skincare routine. Get a matcha starter set and make it part of your daily life today!

 

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration





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