You must have heard health and wellness gurus rave about matcha for its amazing nutritional properties, but did you know that this bright-green powder is one of the few superfoods abundant in antioxidants like catechins which has a number of serious health benefits including fighting serious illnesses, reducing cancer risk, and helping in weight loss?
Matcha is made from the same leaves as green tea but is much more potent than its healthy cousin since it consists concentrated green tea leaves ground up into a fine powder that is meant to consumed instead of being discarded after left to infuse in water for a few minutes.
Many studies have concluded that the antioxidant content in Matcha tea is helpful in fighting various types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases and other illnesses. This superfood has three times the amount of a special disease-fighting antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) compared to green tea.
A Potent Superfood
Health-conscious folks are probably familiar with matcha which is widely available in the form of bright green powder than can be turned into tea or various dessert. Matcha is made using special green tea leaves that are grown in the shade for three weeks before being harvested and turned into a fine powder using granite stone grinders.
Unlike green tea which is made of whole, dried leaves that are infused in hot water before being discarded, matcha contains the beneficial green tea compounds in a much higher concentration. One cup of matcha tea is said to contain the same antioxidant properties as 10 cups of green tea!
Why are Antioxidants Important?
Most of matcha’s health benefits stem from its high antioxidant concentration. Antioxidants have amazing antiaging properties because of their ability to fight off free radicals in our body which cause aging and various types of cancer.
If left unchecked, free radicals can alter cellular processes in our body and cause irreversible damage to the cells.
Before Matcha, goji berries were considered the best superfood for antioxidant properties, but now it has been determined that matcha has six times the amount of antioxidants found in goji berries.
Green tea trend was first popularized by the weight-loss community for its incredible fat-burning benefits, and since matcha is nothing but a more powerful and concentrated form of green tea, it also touts the same waist-sliming perks as its close cousin. A study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that matcha aids weight-loss process by increasing the thermogenesis rate inside our body – which is the rate at which we burn calories.
Researchers found that people who consumed matcha every day increased their thermogenesis rate from the average 8-10 per cent to a whopping 35-43 per cent. There are no evident side effects of matcha which means that you can indulge in a few cups of this superfood every day to reap its amazing anti-aging and fat-burning benefits.
Fights Anxiety and Increases Concentration
Apart from having amazing benefits for your body, matcha is also good for your brain and can increase concentration and alertness without causing the usual anxiety or jitteriness that you would get from a cup of strong coffee. The superfood has a calming effect on your mind which is why it is one of the most popular drinks in Buddhist culture. Monks have consumed matcha for hundreds of years to help them concentrate better and remain calm during meditation.
Scientists believe that the high concentration of L-theanine in this superfood could have a link with its calming properties. This fascinating compound triggers alpha wave activity in our brains which is similar to that achieved through meditation.
If you’re looking for a quick memory and concentration boost before starting your day without experiencing the side effects of caffeine, try introducing matcha tea into your morning or afternoon routine. However, like most caffeinated products, matcha should be avoided at least six hours before bedtime to help you get better, uninterrupted sleep.