While green tea has long been a recommended part of a healthy diet, a brighter shade of the tea is becoming increasingly popular: Matcha. A healthier counterpart of green tea, here’s what you should know about the unknown benefits of drinking Matcha Teas.
1)The consumption of one cup of Matcha is considered to be the equivalent of ten cups of loose-leaf green tea. When loose-leaf tea is steeped, the infused leaves are discarded thus greatly augmenting the health benefits. When you drink Matcha green tea, you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100 % of the nutrients of the leaf.
2)Matcha green tea contains about 130 times more EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) when compared to loose-leaf green tea. Studies indicate that EGCG can control the damaging effects of free radicals and has effective cancer-fighting properties.
3)Regular consumption of Matcha has an effect on reducing the LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol that has the potential to cause cardiac risks). Studies also indicate that Matcha is effective in lowering the high blood pressure which a cause for cardiac arrest.
4)Antioxidants present in Matcha green tea are great for supporting skin’s health and radiance by reducing inflammation and protecting it from free radicals that could contribute to skin aging thus protecting youth. Further, Matcha contains four times more vitamin A-rich carotene than carrots and nine times more than spinach.
5)Matcha green tea is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps to balance the caffeine present in the tea. Though Match contains similar amounts of caffeine as other types of tea it is believed that L-Theanine creates a sense of calmness in the mind and body without any drowsiness. L-Theanine found in Matcha is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves, that aids in increasing the ability to focus on tasks at hand.
6)Matcha plantations are usually under the shade, this allows the leaves to store an increased amount of Chlorophyll. Research indicates that Chlorophylls aid the body in getting rid of heavy metals, toxins, and other harmful chemicals.
Inputs by Nagendranath Chiluvuru, TeaBox