I bet you have heard about the advantages of Green Tea…right? But have you heard of Matcha Tea?
Matcha is a powdered green tea produced by grinding top quality green tea leafs with a stone mill. It is harvested differently, which produces a healthier higher quality leaf. It originated as part of a Japanese tea ceremony and has super powerful researched benefits.
Benefits of Matcha
In a study, the effects of Matcha on lipid, antioxidant and glucose levels were tested. Mice were fed different diets for 4 weeks: a normal diet control (NC), a high-fat diet (HF), a high-fat diet with 0.025% Matcha (MLD), a high-fat diet with 0.050% Matcha (MMD), and a high-fat diet with 0.075% Matcha (MHD).
It was found that the serum total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) levels of the mice on the high-fat diet with the highest matcha levels decreased significantly compared to those of the HF diet. At the same time, this same group showed elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) and suppressed levels of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), balancing the good and bad cholesterol in their body.
Moreover, Matcha has shown to significantly lower blood glucose levels and improve the superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity (an enzyme essential to reduce the oxidative stress, which is involved in life-threatening conditions).
Is Matcha really a Better Green Tea???
A study compared regular green teas with matcha tea. A chromatographic technique (micellar electrokinetic chromatography) was used to quantify matcha’s catechin levels (Catechins are natural antioxidants belonging to the flavonoid family – These flavonoids have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antiallergenic, and even anti-cancerous properties).
The results showed that the catechin concentration (epigallocatechin gallate -EGCG) available from drinking green tea is much greater in matcha. The amount of EGCG available is at least three times to 137 times greater than that of other kinds of green teas!!!
Matcha Green Tea and Fat Loss
In an article, Dr. Axe (a wellness physician, popular radio show host, and coveted national speaker) wrote about the value of drinking matcha tea for people wanting to lose body fat. He described studies showing that taking 690 mg of matcha over 12 weeks had significant lowering effects on fat mass, BMI, body weight and waist circumference.
At the same time, matcha has shown to speed up recovery and reverse cellular damage caused by oxidative-nitrosative stress, making it highly favourable for those training hard at the gym.
As you can see, Matcha is amazing!
It not only helps to boost your metabolism and reduce body fat. It also helps to normalize cholesterol levels, reduce blood glucose accumulation. Additionally, it heightens lipid metabolism and antioxidant activities, which help to fight free radicals, and consequently helping to boost immunity, prevent and fight disease.
The Flavor Project
The past week, I discovered an awesome tea…
This company, The Flavor Project, has 100% organic Matcha Tea!!
It carries all natural, organic and sustainable products. Plus super delicious flavors: Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry, and Vanilla.
One of the coolest thing about The Flavor Project is its commitment to give back to the local communities from which it sources. It established The Flavor Fund to connect farmers, craftsmen and artisans of the third World (specifically South East Asia) to technology and developed sales channels. The fund aims to allow consumers to source products directly from their producers and give fair profits to the actual farmers. At the same time, it provides post secondary school graduates access to training programs
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To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor