Matcha: Is it really that good for you?

Matcha Green Tea is a high quality unique type of green tea in powder form. Why unique? It’s cultivated only in Japan, at Uji Kyoto and Nishio. When consuming matcha green tea in powder form, you actually consume the entire leaf achieving the absorption of 100% of it nutrients. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than the ordinary green tea, therefore a cup of matcha tea is equivalent in nutritional value with 10 cups of ordinary green tea. It provides the eminent catechins, mainly epigallocatechin, which slows down or stops the growth of cancer cells. Also, it is 20 times more antioxidant than pomegranates or berries.

Matcha’s unique properties support the weight loss, increase metabolism and burn fat. This is backed up by a study of the scientific journal ‘’American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’’ which proves the ability to increase thermogenesis. Another recent research says that it can helps to burn, up to four times more calories. Adding up, it is important to highlight that matcha green tea is a zero calories beverage. At the same time, matcha lowers cholesterol levels, controls blood sugar and provides calcium, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. It is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins A and C. Another, recent study found that Matcha can improve physical stamina by 24%.

It has been shown that matcha reduces cortisol which is a stress hormone that increases appetite and belly fat. Also, it reduces inflammation which is known to trigger premature aging and disease. Complementing all the above, matcha limits the impulsive consumption and enhance self-esteem. It’s a mood-enhancing drink that also helps in increasing concentration. This is due to the concentration of L-thiamine that is five times more in matcha rather than regular green tea. L-thiamine is a rare amino acid that creates a state of relaxation and enhanced feeling of wellness. This amino acid is also what gives Matcha the distinctive taste called umami.

A cup of Matcha tea, will provide three times more caffeine than a regular green tea which is almost equal to a cup of coffee. A worthy to note advantage, is that a cup of matcha tea offers the caffeine boost without the annoying feeling of nervousness obtained by coffee. Finally, appreciate that a cup of Matcha can contain up to 30 times more lead than a cup of green tea. Therefore, its consumption should be limited to one cup per day and not to be given to children.

Charis Kyriakou, RD

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