What if we tell you that just drinking a tea can help you with substantial amount of health benefits? But wait, it’s not the normal tea which you have every day at your breakfast table; it’s different and apparently overshadowing your everyday tea drinks at notable rate.
The Matcha tea it is. It’s the tea which has got popular off lately not only due to its benefits, but also following it’s ability to fit in to any form of consumption; be it smoothie, ice cream, pudding and so on. But it’s necessary that you understand what exactly matcha tea is and the benefits associated with its consumption:
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a special type of finely ground, bright emerald-green colored tea powder. It was originally found in China around the 9th century and was used to cure various health ailments, but with time it’s existence vanished in its homeland. Late in the end of twelfth century its potential was discovered by Zen Buddhist monks in Japan and later on its popularity and benefits got propagated everywhere for its unique flavor and remarkable therapeutic qualities.
The preparation of matcha stems from high quality leaf, known as tencha, is produced by Camellia sinensis plants. The tea is sheltered to protect from the direct exposure of sunlight which reduces the pace of photosynthesis and increases the chlorophyll production, which later helps to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties. Then there takes place the selection of the youngest and the smallest to get the finest quality tea. The process is further followed by steaming of leaves to protect it from oxidation and maintain its flavor and nutritional content and finally comes the turn of grinding Tencha leaves with the help of granite stone mills as this is how the fine quality beautiful green powder ,i.e Matcha Tea, is obtained.
High in Antioxidant
We all know how important antioxidants are for our body. These give protection to both the body and the cells from the damage caused by free radicals which are generated by exposure to sun, stress and the natural aging process and these tend to damage the cells, DNA and collagen. So Matcha tea is high in concentration of antioxidants. The Antioxidant present in matcha tea is 60 times higher than the regular green tea and 7 times higher than the supreme quality dark chocolate. The polyphenols found in matcha tea are said to be 137 times the polyphenols found in regular green tea.
Helps in Weight Loss
According to the research done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition it’s suggested that matcha tea consists good amount of catechins. It helps to increase the body’s rate of calorie burning every day by 8 to 10 percent and burns additional fat approximately 25 percent during exercise. The EGCG, found in matcha tea also helps in fat burning and decreasing the formation of new fat cells.
Three weeks before harvesting matcha they are covered to deprive them from sunlight which leads to increase in chlorophyll production of the plant. Not only has this process given the tea a dark vibrant green colour but the chlorophyll present in the tea proves to be a great detoxifier in cleansing the body. It helps in balancing the alkalinity of blood and tissues. It also prevents the association of harmful toxins along the colon walls and removes heavy metals and other toxins from the body.
Fortifies the Immune System and Protects from infections
The presence of catechins in the Matcha Green Tea helps to improve overall health. One cup of matcha tea is the amalgamation of apt amount of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Also, various studies point that epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in matcha tea binds along with the lipid membrane and doesn’t allow the growth of various human pathogens like virus, herpes virus, hepatitis B and C virus, aureus bacteria, adenovirus Staphylococcus, and Candida albicans yeast.
Mental alertness and calming effect
For centuries, Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks have used matcha tea as a means to relax, meditate, and to remain calm and to be more alert. The reality behind all these benefits of being calm and alert has been the L-theanine a unique amino acid present in the matcha tea. L-Theanine present in the matcha tea leads to the production of alpha waves in the brain which brings relaxation and more alert state of mind without making you feel drowsy.
Boosts Memory and Concentration
As mentioned above the L-Theanine present in the matcha tea leads to the production of dopamine and serotonin which in turn helps to stimulate the brain waves. These two chemicals help to increase focus, improve memory, and promote better concentration. It’s good for the entire growing kids to consume as it helps to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration while studying.
Some of the oldest people on the earth reside in japan and they point out their longevity to consumption of matcha tea. You may be surprised to know matcha tea has 60 times the antioxidants present in spinach. The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) present in matcha tea helps giving you good skin health, reduce inflammation, and fight the aging process from inside-out leaving you with wrinkle free young skin.
In 2011 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted a study and they found that catechins present in matcha tea helped in lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol at the same time it helped in improving the level of HDL (good) cholesterol. It showed people regularly consuming matcha tea were less likely to develop heart disease and stroke by 11 percent as compared to those who didn’t drink Matcha tea.
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