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. This amazing enzyme reduces oxidative stress, which releases free radicals and degenerates cells, contributing to disease.
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
Several studies have showed that taking 690 mg of matcha over 12 weeks can significantly decrease body fat, 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. This translates into an asset for people exercising and training hard at the gym.
As you can see, Matcha is wonderful!
It not only helps to boost your metabolism and reduce body fat, it also helps to normalize cholesterol levels and reduce blood glucose accumulation. Additionally, it heightens lipid metabolism and antioxidant activities, which help to fight free radicals. It boost your immunity, helping to prevent and fight disease.
These brands are great:
Akira Organic Matcha Authentic Japanese Matcha; Sourced directly from Uji, Kyoto. There is no “middle-man”, which is the reason we are able to provide excellent quality Matcha at better pricing than our competitors. The tea leaves were shade grown for at least three weeks, first harvest and stone ground. 100% Organic Premium Ceremonial Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder – First Harvest, Radiation Free, No Additives, Zero Sugar.
This matcha is the premium second-harvest pure organic matcha powder from farms in the Uji mountains of Kyoto, Japan. Culinary-grade Encha is harvested in late June before the summer heat hits the tea plants. It has a greener color, best for baking, ice cream, smoothies. USDA certified organic. The organic certificate, free of any radioactivity.
Start using Matcha and experience huge health benefits!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor