Benefits of Matcha
- Sep 28, 2018
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So what is the difference between Matcha and Green tea?
Matcha is the same plant as Green tea but it is the whole plant as opposed to just the leaves. Matcha is also ground down to a powder form and you consume it all rather than just steeping the leaves in hot water.
Matcha and Green tea share the same health beneficial qualities with dramatically higher concentrated levels being found in Matcha. Matcha has 10 times the nutritional value and up to 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.(1)
The increase in nutritional value is because you are consuming the whole plant but also because of the farming methods. Green tea has a longer processing production which involves the leaves being left out the sun. Matcha bushes are kept under cover away from the sun to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid levels. (1)
There are so many health benefits but I would like to focus on 3 of what I consider are the most important.
Alert and Focused Mind
Research data indicates that L-theanine, which is found in Matcha green tea has a “significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal.” The data showed increases in the brains alpha activity which plays an important role in critical aspects of attention and focus. “significant effect on the general state of mental alertness or arousal.”
This research study result found that “green tea consumption can be effective in improving cognitive function or reducing the progression of cognitive dysfunction” “green tea consumption can be effective in improving cognitive function or reducing the progression of cognitive dysfunction”
Energy without the shakes
Matcha tea lovers say that the coffee substitute doesn’t leave them jittery because of the amino acid L-theanine which relaxes the mind. Recent studies show that together with caffeine it produces a positive effect on mood and more energy with a relaxed feel. It is also reported to be less irritating on the stomach compared with coffee. (7)
At first, it was thought that the energy boost from Matcha tea came from its caffeine source. One study discovered that it was actually the combination of caffeine and Matcha’s other natural health benefits – in particular L-theanine – that gave the drinkers a sustained energy boost without the usual crash experienced with caffeine in other forms, Another study discovered that physical endurance improved by 24% from Matcha. (6)
Anti-oxidants – because you can never have enough
Matcha green tea is a popular source of antioxidants. This is important because antioxidants are compounds that protect calls against the damaging effects of free radicals. Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between antioxidants and free radicals and leads to rapid aging and cellular damage. (4)
By drinking green tea in its leaf form, you are quite literally wasting valuable antioxidants and nutrients when you throw away the leaves.
When you drink Matcha, you are consuming the whole plant and all of its health benefits in it’s entirely without waste and like no other green tea. (5)
Oxidisation in the body creates aging and chronic diseases. With that in mind, antioxidants are the bodies defence against infections, disease and aging so the more you have the better off you are. (5)
There are many other health benefits but with just the 3 mentioned above and in a world where the use of our energy is our most valuable resource I feel that Matcha green tea ticks all the boxes for as a sustainable energy source.