The Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Green tea has long enjoyed status as a superstar among superfoods, but studies have revealed that there is a way to capture even more of the benefits of green tea. That’s right matcha, a powder made from green tea leafs, offers benefits similar benefits as green tea, but enormously intensified because you are consuming the whole leaf. If you haven’t tried this Japanese staple yet, once you learn of its remarkable benefits you will be eager to make it a daily tea time ritual.
Concentrated Antioxidant Levels
Matcha powder has been shown to possess an astounding 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea according to a study done out of the University of Colorado. These antioxidants in matcha have the power to ward off the damaging effects of free radicals, fight disease, and even slow down the effects of aging. Catechins, a particular antioxidant found in matcha powder, has been shown to have an anti-carcinogen to help protect against cancer.
Supports Heart Health
Thanks to compounds like EGCg in matcha working to reduce cholesterol levels and reduce plaque, consuming this powder regularly can have powerful effects in supporting a healthy heart.
Matcha powder has been shown to have a theromogenic effect which can help boost the metabolism to burn more calories.
A Gentler Dose of Caffeine
The L-theanine in matcha powder has a calming effect on alpha brain waves. This serves to both help reduce stress and offset the overly stimulating effects caffeine can sometimes have on people.
Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Because you consume the entire leaf with matcha, this potent drink also provides fiber, and fiber helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.
Holistic practitioners have long recommended matcha powder to help remove toxins from the system. Though more studies are needed to fully understand and prove this phenomenon, but the high levels of chlorophyll are often credited with this cleansing effect.
Serving Suggestions: Matcha can be prepared similarly to how other teas are prepared. Start by boiling water that will then be poured over anywhere from a half to two teaspoons of matcha powder. Whisk rapidly to blend. Because matcha has a distinct flavor, you may wish to gradually build the amount of powder you use per cup of tea. It can also be flavored with a dash of honey or as a latte.
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