The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is equivalent to ten glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
This was my cheat day so I ate very badly…please do not follow! I try to eat clean most of the time and I cheat roughly twice a week, depending on events I attend. But here’s my favorite daily drink—especially after I cheat! Remember: When it comes to meals, it’s what you do most of the time that matters, not what you do some of the time 😉
Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as A, B-Complex, C, E and K, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It is sugar-free (an ideal drink for diabetics), and also helps in reducing LDL (bad cholesterol).
Contains antioxidant, immune-boosting and cancer-fighting properties
Matcha is exponentially higher in antioxidants than blueberries and spinach. It is also known for its cancer-fighting antioxidant, catechins.
There are many types of antioxidants; not all antioxidants are created equal. However, the class known as catechins, only found in green tea, may be the most potent of all.
And of the catechins, EGCg (epicgallocatechin gallate) is the catechin with the most potent cancer-fighting properties. 60% of the catechin content of matcha tea is EGCg. One gram of matcha contains 105 mg of total catechin content, or roughly 61% EGCg.
Cleanses the body of toxins
Rich in chlorophyll, matcha is also a renowned detoxifying agent. Chlorophyll, the pigment which gives leaves their green color, helps to remove heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
Because matcha powdered tea is fully ingested when consumed (unlike tea leaves which are infused then discarded), and because matcha is shade grown (a process which increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves), matcha tea is a chlorophyll-rich food.
Contains mood enhancing amino acids
Theanine improves mood and concentration. Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind. For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer.
Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation, as matcha’s amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer a sustained calm alertness over time without the jittery effects of coffee. Amino acids are also what give matcha its distinctive taste.
Helps with weight loss
Matcha green tea contains three major components that promote fat loss, such as catechins, caffeine and theanine.
These components together can help prevent fat from being stored in the body adipose (fat) cells. As such, matcha can help prevent the accumulation of fat in our body and assist with weight loss efforts.
Important tip when buying matcha green tea powder
Don’t be fooled by clever marketing such as, “Now with EGCG!” or the overused, “Contains green tea antioxidants!”
All this makes it sound like anything containing a microscopic amount of low-grade green tea extract is going to give you the kind of health benefits that true high-quality, whole-leaf, shade-grown, matcha green tea can provide. It’s not even close…no contest.
So do your research, look around, ask questions and choose a reliable source before you purchase.