Health coach Sara Best recently shared her reasons for choosing Matcha over all other green teas. She also compiled a great list of the Top 12 Health Benefits of Green Teas. In her report she shared the main reason why Matcha is the #1 choice when selecting a green tea.
“It’s actually a really important difference: Matcha is a fine powder made of stoneground green tea leaves, so when you drink the tea you are actually consuming the leaves and all of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants they contain in regular green tea, you do not consume the leaves – they are left behind in the teabag, or teapot, so the only nutrients that make their way into your system are those that infuse out of the leaves into the water.”
Here are the Top 12 Health Benefits. You can read the article in its entirety here.
1. Regularly drinking green tea may slow the aging process, both on the inside and on the outside, due to the abundance of antioxidants and their free-radical-scavenging and anti-inflammatory properties.
2. The antioxidants in green tea protect the skin against sun damage.
3. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad.
4. Green tea cleanses the blood thanks to its high chlorophyll content (again, just look at that greeeen). Chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate heavy metals and other toxic substances from the body.
5. Green tea boosts both metabolic rate and fat burning. One study found that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.
6. Green tea also helps regulates blood sugar, preventing insulin spikes and the resulting fat storage.
7. Green tea protects against cancer. There are many reasons for this, but the one that has interested scientists the most is an antioxidant called EGCG which is substantially higher in matcha green tea than in any other substance we consume, and is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen.
8. Green tea can help normalise blood pressure and can also help keep the lining of blood vessels relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure.
9. Green tea may also protect against the formation of clots, which are a leading cause of heart attacks.
10. Green tea protects against gum disease and tooth decay due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.
11. Regularly drinking green tea lowers Alzheimer’s risk due to its protective effect on brain cells.
12. Green tea can enhance mood and concentration and protect against depression. This is thanks to L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. Matcha first arrived in Japan, over 1,000 years ago, to aid Buddhist monks in their meditation practice, as it helped them remain alert yet calm. And like meditation, L-Theanine increases alpha wave activity in the brain, which promotes feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.