Matcha has been trending in the last 4 years as Americans become more and more health conscious. Figuring out incremental ways they can improve their lives, both internally and externally. Luckily, Matcha Tea helps provide benefits to both body and mind.
You ask yourself, well I’ve seen it, maybe I’ve had it once, but do I really NeedThat?
The benefits of Matcha Green Tea is no longer a secret and more than likely, your local coffee shop has added Matcha to their menu of available options. Some places even specialize in everything Matcha, down to the concentration level and its flavor profile intensity.
Matcha can be both a pick me up to replace coffee, for a clean caffeine boost, or even be eaten for dessert, matcha ice cream?! Yum.
It is derived from green tea leaf itself, after being harvested, then ground up into a powder form, boom! Matcha Powder. Various studies show that the components of matcha provide benefits such as helping the liver, aiding in weight loss, and ultimately giving you clean energy.
Here are 10 Ways that Matcha Powder benefits your Health and Body.
1. Matcha is High in Antioxidants
Matcha contains a concentrated amount of catechins which is a compound derived from plants in tea and will produce natural antioxidants. Similar to how blueberries can be a great source of antioxidants.
When you put matcha in your water, hot water, to make tea, you get all the benefits you get from the leaf.
2. Brain Functions are Elevated
Green tea is known to contain a compound called L-Theanine, which helps balance out the effects of caffeine by making you less foggy, more alert, without the crash from having high energy levels that you may get from caffeine.
Studies show that caffeine helps improve brain function, better reaction times, and increased attention, so having both of these combined helps with clean energy. I’m even writing this article at 8 PM without feeling tired at all. (1)
3. Safer Alternative to Coffee
It’s known to be a great source of caffeine, evidently, caffeine without the jitters. Sometimes drinking coffee can be a gamble when you’ve overshot your intake, or didn’t get enough to eat. Your mind could be racing. However, its L-theanine, a rare amino acid found in matcha helps relax the brain, helping boost the caffeine while reducing the jitters. (2)
4. Promotes Healthy Heart
The health of your heart is often neglected, and according to a study, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, especially in people over the age of 35. (3)
Green Tea is known to help reduce “bad” Cholesterol alongside triglycerides.
Incorporating a cup of tea a day really might be able to protect against heart disease. Observations show that drinking green tea, in any form, matcha powder or steeped, can help reduce the risk of stroke. (4)
5. Helps in Weight Loss
Weight Loss supplements now incorporate green tea extract as one of the core ingredients. These health, wellness, and pharmaceutical companies recognize the health properties of Green Tea and what consumers are looking for. A study even shows that taking it extract alongside consistent activity or exercise can improve insulin sensitivity and help increase fat burning by an astonishing rate of 17%. (5)
6. Boosts your Immunity
Matcha can benefit your immune system and limit the invasion of the growth of viruses and bacteria in your body. The catechin antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), can help fight infections. Some of the common microorganisms that it helps fight are influenza A virus, Hepatitis Virus, Herpes Virus and the bacteria that may cause Strep Throat. (6)
7. Reduces Inflammation
There are a lot of studies that associate Green tea as one of the key drinks to provide arthritis patients. Polyphenol is a compound from plants that have strong anti-inflammatory effects, also preserving cartilage and bone in the body.
Another antioxidant property of EGCG (man this compound is stellar) helps block the production of molecules that leads to joint damage especially with people with rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re sitting at a desk all day typing away (like I am now with this article) I make sure I’m sipping on my green tea for this very reason. (7)
8. Matcha is a great way to Detox
Matcha green tea itself has amazing detoxifying benefits and helps eliminate heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions. Why do you think so many Asians drink tea with their meal at restaurants? It helps wash down the delicious heavier ingredients used in their dishes. (8)
9. It benefits your Skin
With the stated above benefits of matcha, there’s no surprise that companies adopt green tea through extract or the form of matcha to use as ingredients for skincare. Applying Matcha directly to your skin as a face mask can help against sebum production and for acne and prevention. Could the secret to looking young be constant green tea drinking? The catechins also help deactivate the free radicals in the skin and slows down the aging process. Even if it doesn’t, the worst-case scenario is that you have clean energy, reduced risk of arthritis and stronger immunity. (9)
10. Gets rid of bad breath
I wanted to save the best for last. You’re not sick, your joints are fine, you’re feeling good after a healthy meal and you’ve detoxed. You’re hitting the workday and ready to go. But you got bad breath? 90% of halitosis derives from bacterial cavities. According to a study, Matcha benefits your oral health. Green tea reduces the amount of concentration of H(2)S and CH(3)SH gases which causes bad breath. Sing hallelujah without caring out loud because people will only shy away from your bad singing, not your breath. (10,11)
In conclusion, TLDR
Matcha has great health benefits. You’ll feel a natural energy without the crash, healthier heart, reducing the risk of arthritis, your weight, and boosted immunity. With all of that, you can smile without worrying with bad breath.
So next time you get a chance to try out Matcha don’t shy away! In love with matcha?
Here are some recommended brands below for you to try:
Our particular favorite for the best bang for your buck on quality (more on this next time) is Tenzo Tea!