Ok, so apart from tasting good and being an amazingly versatile ingredient, drinking matcha has a ton of health benefits that make it even more appealing.
There are so many reasons why you should start drinking Matcha green tea including:
- Helps you to focus
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Aids weight loss
- Detoxifies the body
- Fights diseases such as cancer
- Protects from eye diseases such as glaucoma
- Helps to prevent chronic gastritis
- Good for anxiety and stress
- Gives you more energy
Matcha Helps You To Focus
Eisai, a 12th century Zen priest introduced the practice of tea-drinking (1) to Japan and is thought to have been one of the first people to grind the tea leaves down into a powdered form and so making the matcha tea that we know and love today. He is recorded to have said that matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. (2)
Buddhists monks loved their tea ceremonies so much that and would regularly drink matcha to help them to stay alert and focussed during their long hours of mediation.
Cool story bro but why matcha?
Green Tea contains the stimulant caffeine which will make you feel more awake yet caffeine can block vital neurotransmitters in the brain which an cause you feel jittery. Matcha doesn’t have this problem as it also contains a type of amino acid called L-theanine which works together with caffeine to improve the way your brain works and improves mood, memory and focus.
It’s Rich In Antioxidants
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, our matcha green tea is a great source of antioxidants including the cancer fighting and all round badass EGCG. The tea is stoneground into a powdered form meaning that you basically take in the whole caboodle – goodness and all!
Antioxidants are a bit like magical nutrients; they fight against the effects of UV radiation, have anti-ageing properties and battle against diseases too.
Did you know that Matcha contains 137 times the antioxidant levels of normal green tea and easily beats all other ‘superfoods’ when it comes to antioxidant levels as this ORAC antioxidant analysis table shows:
Matcha Can Aid Weight Loss
Matcha green tea is proven to increase metabolism and helps you to burn fat four times faster than you would normally. It’s not a teatox so there are no side effects!
The Journal of Nutrition found that catechins in green tea such as those in matcha may increase the loss of abdominal fat though exercise and even improve triglyceride effects. (3)
Did you you know that matcha also helps to lower cholesterol and in particular LDL which is known as the bad guy of cholesterol.
It Detoxifies The Body
The high levels of chlorophyll in matcha mean that is great for detoxifying and helps to ‘eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.’ (4) This is why when you are on a detox they say that you should be eating lots of green leafy vegetables.
Matcha leaves are grown in the shade, away from direct sunlight and are therefore richer in chlorophyll than some other varieties of green teas.
Fights Diseases Such As Cancer
Matcha green tea is an antioxidant power house and so plays a part in fighting diseases such as cancer, alzheimers, heart disease and even AIDS.
The American Institute of Cancer Research has found that green tea short circuits the cancer process. We did some detective work to find out why this is and found that the ECGC in green tea targets a protein in our cells called HSP90 in a way that is a lot more effective than a lot of cancer medication. (5)
Cancerous cells manage to spread through our bodies by attaching themselves to the HSP90 proteins and you can read more about it here (5)
Matcha Helps To Protect You From Eye Diseases Such As Glaucoma
Whilst we are the subject of diseases, a recent study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found that the catechins found in green tea penetrate the eye tissues in a way that helps to protect it from glaucoma and other eye diseases. (6)
Chui Pai Pang and his team of researchers have shown that the catechins in green tea are actually absorbed ‘from the stomach and gastrointestinal tract into the tissues of the eye.’ (7) Therefore helping to reduce levels of ‘oxidative stress’ in the eyes.
Helps To Prevent Chronic Gastritis
Matcha green tea should be the drink of choice if you suffer from chronic gastritis.
Chronic gastritis is the inflammation of the inner lining of the stomach (a.k.a bloating) and can slowly develop into forms of stomach cancer.
There are two types of gastritis; acute and chronic. Most people suffer from acute which is when your stomach bloats after you have eaten or upset your digestive system whereas chronic is often more severe and means that you are constantly bloated.
The high levels of antioxidants in matcha green tea combat chronic gastritis and a study by the UCLA shows that by drinking green tea regularly you are reducing the risk ‘of both chronic gastritis and stomach cancer’ (8)
Good For Anxiety And Stress
Earlier we talked the amino acid L-theanine and this miracle component is stress busting with calming properties that is a bit like a middle finger to anxiety. Bye Felicia
L-theanine increases alpha wave activity in the brain which makes you feel more relaxed and can help to lower blood pressure.
Gives You More Energy
Buddhist monks swore by the green stuff and so did Samurai warriors. Did you know that Japanese soldiers would drink matcha before they went into battle as it gave them the energy they needed to face their enemies.
Now we’re not saying that you should follow them into to battle but TeaMatcha wellness warriors have told us how their morning cup of matcha helps them to stay energised and alert all day long.
This is because of the caffeine and L-theanine levels in matcha which work together to slowly release energy all day long.
Health benefits aside, we think that you should drink matcha and Eat Clean Tea’s matcha green tea powder at that for the great earthy taste! We’ve even got matcha and mint or matcha and ginger to that that certain je ne sais quoi to your morning matcha. You can thank us later.