When people are trying to deal with obesity, they almost always buy tea packed in tea bags or in loose leaf form. Sometimes the tea can be fermented and sold as a tea brick.
Little known fact is that tea can also be sold as a powder, which is traditionally whisked and served with a bit of froth. This is the case of Matcha, a Japanese green tea.
What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha is produced from finely grinded Gyokuro leaves that are a variety of Camellia Sinensis. They are shaded beneath special mats for 3 weeks before plucking.
Due to the shading, the plants are forced to produce a higher chlorophyll content, which give the leaves a rich green color and increases its nutritional values.
Steeped Matcha is extremely beneficial since it containes almost 10 times the polyphenols and antioxidants of regular teas, approximately 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach and 4 times that of carrots, and 2 times the antioxidants of a glass of red wine.
Matcha Tea Benefits
Here are several reasons that will make you switch from tea bags to tea powder.
- Boosts Metabolism
Those who exercise, use matcha as a pre-workout supplement in order to increase energy and focus in the gym. it works by making the workout less taxing on the mind and body. They use matcha in order to flavor pre and post-workout smoothies.
According to some studies, drinking matcha before a workout increases fat loss. Approximately calculated, matcha can help you lose 25% more weight.
- Supplies Energy
Coffe releases caffein all at once, as opposed to matcha which releases caffein over several hours, meaning that you will feel energized throughout the whole day. This is because it contains L-theanine, which can also improve focus. This amino acids is also contained in other types of teas, but in significantly lower quantities.
According to a recent study, this tea when taken during the day, significantly benefit speed of perception and more consistent levels of simple task performance.
- Fights Cancer
Matcha is said to have 100x more epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other teas. EGCG Is the most effective cancer Chemopreventive Polyphenol in green tea.
According to many studies, matcha tea is effective in the treatment against lung, ovarian and prostate cancer, as well as many other varieties of the diseases.
- Supports Skin Health
Matcha can help you prevent the developments and growth of skin tumors due to its anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Moreover, it is very beneficial when it comes to protecting the skin against UV damage and premature aging.
- Fights Stress
L-theanine, is responsible for increasing alpha brain wave activity, which promotes relaxation.
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy published a study which discovered that:
“Increased alpha activity in the brain induced by L-theanine has been associated with increased creativity, increased performance under stress, and improved learning and concentration as well as decreased anxiety.”
- Lowers Cholesterol
Consuming matcha will also help you prevent coronary heart disease since it has been proved that green teas like matcha have the ability to lower total cholesterol and raise HDL (good) cholesterol in both animals and people.
According to numerous studies, consuming green teas has an accute beneficial effect on endothelial function, ensuring that the blood vessels relax and contract in an optimal function for proper blood flow.
- Improves Memory Function
Nation Institute of Health conducted a study which concluded that:
“Our findings provide first evidence for the putative beneficial effect of green tea on cognitive functioning, in particular, on working memory processing at the neural system level by suggesting changes in short-term plasticity of parieto-frontal brain connections.”
- Controls Diabetes
According to animals studies, consumation of green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and if it is already developed, it has the ability to slow its progression.
Those who are dealing with diabetes should consume matcha tea because it will help them regulate glucose levels.
- Boosts Immune Function
Matcha contains EGCG which causes a higher production of regulatory T cells, the immune system’s first line of defence.
As Science Daily reports: “Epigenetic regulation can be potentially exploited in generating suppressive regulatory T cells for therapeutic purposes, and is of significant clinical importance for the suppression of autoimmune diseases”.
How to prepare matcha tea
- Matcha powder
- A matcha whisk
- 1 medium-sized bowl
- A fine-mesh tea filter or strainer
- A measuring spoon
- Boil 1 cup of water to about 180°F.
- Fill the bowel with water
- Spoon the Matcha into your strainer and sift to prevent clumps
- Add about ¼ or ½ tbsp of hot water to your posder and whisk to prepare an evenly diluted paste.
- Add 203 ounces of the hot water to your bowl and shisk fast using an “N” or “W” form. Be careful not to touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Once your tea is covered in bubbles, lift your whisk to the surface and gently move around to break any big bubbles.
- Enjoy your healthy drink!
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