(WellnessNova.com) - Playing a vital role in traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Matcha is the highest form of green tea available. As compared to traditional green tea, the preparation of matcha involves covering the Camellia sinensis plant 3 weeks before harvest time. This unique shading process increases the chlorophyll and amino acid L-Theanine levels in the leaves ultimately producing matcha – a unique tea that is mellower, sweeter than our regular green tea.
Matcha which has been consumed for over a millennium in Japan and China has now got its true recognition in the world with it being regarded as one of the most powerful super foods ever available.
There are several health benefits of including matcha tea in one’s diet some of which are enumerated below.
Antioxidants are a group of chemical compounds that fight against aging and prevent the onset of serious diseases. And if latest research is to be believed then matcha contains significant higher amounts of antioxidants that even fruits and vegetables which are generally considered to be rich in antioxidants.
Matcha tea contains a potent set of antioxidant known as catechins that isn’t found in other foods. Among them a specific catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) is well known for its cancer-fighting properties. Since more than 60% of the catechins present in matcha are EGCG, a daily diet of matcha can protect one against a host of diseases.
Helps burn calories
The current toast of the tea world, Matcha has also been linked to increase metabolism and potential weight loss. Research conducted in this field suggests that EGCG which is present in abundant amounts in matcha is known to increase metabolism and help burn fat faster.
But matcha does all this without putting any additional stress on the body such as an increase in heart rate or blood pressure – an unavoidable side-effect of weight loss medications. Therefore, there can be no better way to start one’s workout than with a bowl of matcha.
Lowers stress and improves concentration
Science has now confirmed what Buddhist monks knew long back that drinking matcha helps one remain alert yet calm. Matcha contains abundant amounts of L-Theanine, an amino acid that creates alpha waves in the brain which produce a feeling of mental clarity and a relaxed state similar to that imparted by yoga techniques.
And while L-Theanine can be found in other teas as well, matcha contains up to five times more of theanine than common black and green teas. Additionally, L-Theanine is also known to improve memory and learning all the while inhibiting any possible side-effects from caffeine which is naturally present in green tea.
Excellent detox agent
Not many know that chlorophyll which is responsible for the green color of plants is a potent detoxifier that helps flush out the harmful chemicals and heavy metals from the body. Before the tea leaves are harvested to make Matcha, the Camellia sinensis plants are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This action significantly increases the chlorophyll content of the leaves. The high concentration of chlorophyll in matcha not only gives it a bright green color but also make it a superior detoxifier that cleanses the body of all impurities.
Strengthens the Immune System
The polyphenols and antioxidants present in matcha boost the immune system of the body and prove effective in fighting against numerous viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. EGCG present in matcha attaches itself to the lipid membrane and inhibits the growth of human pathogens such as influenza A virus, hepatitis B and C virus, and Candida albicans yeast.
In addition to this, a single bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides significant doses of Potassium, Iron, Vitamins A & C, Calcium and Protein that very well takes care of our daily nutrient intake.