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Matcha Tea Benefits For Health: Is It Better Than Green Tea?

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Matcha tea is considered better than green tea because of its higher antioxidant levels, chlorophyll, and other amino acids. It’s smoother and tastes softer due to absence of stems and veins. Studies at Tufts University used ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method to discover that Matcha possesses an amazing 20x more oxygen than pomegranates or blueberries.

Matcha, also known as matcha green teacan be quite literally translated to ‘finely ground’ green tea. It is green tea that is finely ground that is specially grown and farmed under specific conditions. It is considered better than green tea because of its higher antioxidant levels, chlorophyll, and other amino acids. It’s also smoother and tastes softer because of the absence of stems and veins. Matcha benefits an individual in various ways, and because of these benefits, matcha green tea has been highly chosen over regular green tea.

Matcha Tea Benefits

Aids in weight loss

Matcha Tea is nearly calorie free. Along with your routine exercise routine and healthy diet, adding matcha will boost metabolism and help lose weight. At the same time, Matcha does not put any stress on the body. It doesn’t raise blood pressure or heart rate, making it a safe alternative to questionable quick fixes or pharmaceuticals ridden with side effects.

A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.

Boosts immunity

The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.

Aids in relaxation

The substance which helps in relaxation is L-Theanine, a rare amino acid which is found in most teas but is abundant in Matcha. It almost 5x more than what is found in common black and green teas.

Helps you focus

Matcha green tea came to Japan over a thousand years ago as an aid to their meditation practice. Monks, even to this day sip on matcha tea throughout their long hours of sitting for meditation to remain calm and alert.

L-Theanine that is found in matcha benefits us by improving memory and learning. Matcha does contain caffeine, but experts say that it is unlike the caffeine buzz found in regular coffee. You can substitute it for your morning or afternoon coffee without having any of the caffeine crash.

Dietary fiber rich

Matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily absorbable dietary fiber. The benefits of dietary fiber include its ability to ease constipation and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Super detox agent

Chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier and is abundantly found in matcha giving it bright, green color. Matcha is grown carefully under shade, so the chlorophyll content is often higher than green tea. Due to this, it acts as a safe and powerful detox agent helping remove both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.

Why is Matcha better than regular Green tea?

Matcha is better than not just better than green tea, it’s in fact, better than many other teas. When you brew any loose leaf tea, the hot water is able to only extract a certain amount of nutrients. The remaining is in your tea leaves that go unused and in your compost bin. However, consuming tea leaves may not be the solution.

Matcha tea is great because it is essentially just made of leaves that are stoneground. It provides you with a powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.

To give you an estimate between the difference between Matcha and Green tea, to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea.

How to make matcha tea?

  • Unlike traditional green tea, Matcha green tea preparation involves covering the tea plants with shade cloths before they’re harvested.
  • This triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture, which are hand selected, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavor.
  • The dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder.

Matcha Tea And Its Antioxidant Levels

Antioxidant-rich foods are the new it foods because they help prevent aging, inflammation, and chronic diseases. But every day there a new food which claims it has rich anti-oxidant levels. How can we differentiate? In fact, even Matcha tea is hailed to be extremely anti-oxidant rich. But here’s the evidence for Matcha tea.

Antioxidant Level Comparison For Matcha

6.2 times that of Goji Berries
7 times that of Dark Chocolate
17 times that of Wild Blueberries
60.5 times that of Spinach

Experts at Tufts University used the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) and discovered that Matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more oxygen than pomegranates or blueberries. Matcha’s ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.

Matcha fights cancer

Matcha green tea also contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which aren’t found in other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting properties.

Most importantly, EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.

Things To Look Out For

Due to Matcha’s immense popularity, it’s being added to desserts, cakes, latte, ice cream and pretty much everything. Matcha original taste is almost grassy due to its high chlorophyll content. If you’re buying Matcha that is sweetened, it may not give the same benefits. High quality, fresh, pure matcha is expensive. A low price tag can be a red flag for a poor quality product.

By Rachelle Chandraan

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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172 comments
Lee Ghayya
Lee Ghayya 5pts

What is the arabic word for macha..plsss

Wade T. Shepherd
Wade T. Shepherd 5pts

I drink it twice a day with almond or cashew milk and maybe even a few drops of stevia.

jeffdhp
jeffdhp 5pts

Try Matcha Zen for premium organic matcha tea. www.matchazentea.com

Travis Turner
Travis Turner 5pts

Do they make any that doesn't come from Japan?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

India Wardell Please do! :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Morning! :) Pravin Parmar

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks for sharing! :) Aisha Khan

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

That's fine! :) Prema Balakistnen

Aisha Khan
Aisha Khan 5pts

Matcha (organic) in powder form is a available @ vitacost.com

Prema Balakistnen
Prema Balakistnen 5pts

Nadasen Sanjeevi Naidoo. Do u know Maheshveri Ramasamy is my sister in law

Courtney Bagwell
Courtney Bagwell 5pts

My issue is the grimy feeling I get when drinking it. I can't figure out how I'm mixing it up wrongs

Barbara Templeman
Barbara Templeman 5pts

Have tried the powder matcha didnt like the strong untasteful flavor it had..is the tea like that also....?

Sabrina Jewel Kilpatrick
Sabrina Jewel Kilpatrick 5pts

Matcha it's better than......Matcha. Hummmm....unfollowing due to constant inconsistencies.

Manusha Reddy
Manusha Reddy 5pts

Hi Prema Balakistnen, where did you find matcha

Marija Petkovska
Marija Petkovska 5pts

How You Can Use Matcha Tea to Fight Cancer and Other Diseases?The famous Japanese green tea – matcha is prepared of young leaves of the plant called Camellia Sinensins. It has been used for centuries not only in Japan, but also in other eastern Asian countries. The traditional way of preparation is storing the leaves at dark place with almost no oxygen around. It is scientifically proved that this was the way to keep extra strong antioxidant properties of this plant for a long time. This beneficial tea offers you handful of health and joy!http://www.carebodyhair.com/remarkable-matcha-tea-recipes-miracle-improvement-for-your-health/