It seems like everywhere I turn, one of my friends is talking about matcha tea and it’s goodness. A friend sent me an article with its benefits and I immediately thought, ‘I need to get on this bandwagon.’ With all of the sickness going on around the winter time, having this tea to help me stay healthy is a major win. Here are the 5 benefits of Matcha Green Tea.
- PROTECTS YOUR HEART
Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. It accounts for an estimated 1/3 of all deaths in people over the age of 35. Some studies have shown that drinking green tea may help protect against heart disease. When combined with a well-rounded diet and healthy lifestyle, drinking matcha may help keep your heart healthy and protect against disease.
- BOOSTS BRAIN FUNCTION
Research has shown that matcha caused improvements in attention, reaction time and memory. Additionally, matcha contains a more concentrated amount of caffeine than green tea, packing in 35 mg of caffeine per half teaspoon (about 1 gram) of matcha powder.
- HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT
Take a look at any weight loss supplement, and there’s a good chance you’ll see “green tea extract” listed in the ingredients. Green tea is well known for its ability to enhance weight loss. In fact, studies show that it may help speed up metabolism to increase energy expenditure and boost fat burning. One small study showed that taking green tea extract during moderate exercise increased fat burning by 17%.
- HELPS PREVENT CANCER
Matcha is jam-packed with health-promoting compounds, including some that have been linked to cancer prevention in test-tube and animal studies. In one study, green tea extract decreased tumor size and slowed the growth of breast cancer cells in rats (14). Matcha is especially high in EGCG, a type of catechin that has been shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties.
- HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Matcha is rich in catechins, a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants help stabilize harmful free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells and cause chronic disease. When you add matcha powder to hot water to make tea, the tea contains all the nutrients from the entire leaf. It will tend to have more catechins and antioxidants than simply steeping green tea leaves in water.
*Thank you to Healthline for providing the matcha reading material*