Disclaimer: I am no qualified expert, this is based on what layman knowledge I have of matcha. I briefly spoke of the dangers of drinking too much matcha in my previous post but one can’t deny the health benefits that good quality matcha brings.
Matcha’s increasing popularity is more evident than ever before, as more businesses have been incorporating matcha to their menus and products. Matcha came from the Camellia sinensis plant, which is also the plant green tea came from. Harvesting matcha is meticulous because farmers need to cover the tea plants 20-30 days before harvesting it to avoid direct sunlight. This gives the plant the chance to increase its chlorophyll production, and amino acid content. After harvesting the tea leaves, it will be dried then grinded into powder, which will then become matcha. Matcha has more nutrients because it contains more caffeine and antioxidants than green tea.
Here are some health benefits you can get by drinking matcha tea.
- Matcha has a high number of antioxidants which can help to stabilize free radicals, which damages cells and causes chronic diseases.
- It protects the liver – based on a study, it was proven that regular intake of matcha helped prevent damage to kidneys and livers. However, further studies are needed to ascertain whether these compounds are as effective on humans.
- Matcha contains a considerable amount of caffeine which can help to boost brain function. It was also found that matcha contains a compound called L-theanine, which promotes alertness, induces relaxation and reduces stress levels.
- It was also found that matcha contains high amounts of epigallocatechni-3-gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin which has powerful anti-cancer properties, effective against different kind of cancers.
- Matcha also helps to decrease levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, factors that contribute to having heart diseases.
- It can also help you to lose weight by increasing your metabolism and burning the fats in your body but with proper diet and exercise.
- Preparing matcha is as easy as preparing your cup of coffee, you can try different combinations depending on your preference. There is no right or wrong in creating your recipe, just find a taste that will suit you the best. It is recommended that you should only consume one to two cups of matcha a day to avoid any possible side effects.
Including matcha in your daily consumption provide a lot of nutritional benefits as stated above. However, as usual, everything should be in moderation.