I am a big fan of Match Tea Matcha Tea and love having it as my afternoon tea. Tea is the most popular and beloved beverage in the world. Though there are several different types of teas including white, black and green tea, matcha tea has recently risen to a special and unique position above them all. Unlike other types of teas, which are processed by brewing or steeping the leaves in hot water, matcha tea is made by grinding the leaves into a super-fine powder. In finely-powdered form, matcha tea makes a perfect ingredient for a variety of recipes including matcha snacks, desserts, shots and matcha green tea latte among others.
Why Matcha Green Tea
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Matcha is a special type of green tea and has traditionally been a Japanese beverage. However, the global market has seen a great surge of interest in the beverage owing to its many incredible benefits. Below, we have prepared a list of 10 benefits that matcha tea can offer.
1. Great Energy Boost with Side Effects
The combination of L-theanine and caffeine found in matcha green tea offers clean, stable and extended energy boost without side effects or causing anxious jitters. This makes matcha tea a great energy booster without the fear of consuming excess sugar, caffeine and other unknown chemicals. The caffeine in one cup of matcha tea picks up gently, providing energy and endurance that can last up to six hours and the L-Theanine prevents hypertension, nervousness and other typical side-effects of stimulants.
2. Matcha Tea is Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are essential enzymes and nutrients that protect our bodies against the harmful UV radiation. They stabilize the harmful free radicals that can damage the cells. Though you can get antioxidants from other types of foods such as raw fruits and green veggies, tests have revealed that matcha green tea has 5 times antioxidants more than any of these superfoods. Adding matcha tea to your diet increases the antioxidant intake, giving you a young-looking skin and lowering the risk of many chronic diseases.
3. Enhanced Functioning of the Brain
Matcha tea has a high content of L-theanine, an amino acid with anti-anxiolytic properties that boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain. The alpha waves then trigger the production of serotonin and dopamine. These two chemicals increase memory as well as enhancing concentration and mood.
Moreover, the alpha waves induce relaxation of the mind while keeping your mind alert and decrease stress levels.
4. Helps in Weight Loss
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Maintaining a healthy weight has been a concern for many people. We find many people, both men and women, enrolling for weight loss programs which involve going to the gym, jogging in the streets and dieting to cut down any extra pounds. The catechins present in matcha helps increase thermogenesis from 8 to 43%, thus boosting fat oxidation. The EGCG combined with caffeine to enhance natural metabolism, burning calories 4 times faster as well as reducing the formation of new fat cells.
5. Boosting your Immune
L-Theanine, antioxidants and EGCG among other healthy components present in matcha green tea work together to boost the immune system of your body. Particularly, the catechins have antibiotic properties which protect your body against antigens, as well as limiting the invasion and growth of bacteria and viruses in the body.
Additionally, match tea contains a significant amount of iron, calcium, protein, potassium and Vitamins A and C which boosts enhance overall body health.
6. Improves your Oral Health
The antibacterial properties of matcha green tea inhibit bacteria from building up to create cavities that can lead to bad breath. Besides, drinking matcha tea keeps your teeth healthy and strong, saving you from expensive visits to your dentist.
7. Matcha for Detoxification
A few weeks before harvesting, matcha tea plants are shade-grown, blocking them from sunlight. This increases the production of extra chlorophyll, which is a strong blood detoxifier and has the ability to get rid of heavy metals and chemicals from the body.
8. Helps lower the Cholesterol Levels
Several studies have shown that regular consumption of matcha lowers the levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, while increasing the good (HDL) cholesterol levels in the body. The saponins in the beverage can block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. It also reduces the amount of creatinine in the blood, thus reducing LDL-cholesterol as well as boosting vascular function.
9. Great for your beautiful skin
Chemicals found in matcha tea such as the EGCG helps combat oxidation, inflammation and free radicals that cause your skin to age faster.
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It helps to:
- Reduces skin redness caused by acne and rosacea.
- Maintain a younger-looking skin.
- Treat oily face.
- Enhance your complexion.
10. Accessible and Easy to Prepare
Matcha tea is available in retail stores, coffee shops and online stores across the world and the price is quite affordable. There are different brands of matcha green tea so you can do a trial and error testing to choose your favourite brand. In terms of preparing the beverage, there is a wide range of matcha recipes that will take you barely 5 minutes.
Matcha and green tea comes from the same plant but the former is made from the whole leaf. This makes matcha a great source of several plant compounds including antioxidants that provide a range of benefits like enhancing physical and mental fitness. It also lowers the risk of dangerous diseases such as heart disease, cancer and liver diseases among others.