Green tea and matcha green tea. For some it might seem like a case of apples versus apples but that’s not necessarily the case.
While there are a number of benefits to green tea, the majority of the nutritious goodness is found in the leaves, which are generally thrown away.
So, what’s matcha green tea and why does it have more benefits than green tea?
Unlike standard green tea, matcha green tea contains the whole leaf which has been stone ground into a fine powder. It’s this leaf which contains all the powerful antioxidants.
When you drink matcha, you ingest the whole leaf – not just the brewed water. Which means that a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha is the equivalent of 10 standard cups of green tea bags in terms of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
4 top health benefits of matcha green tea
The antioxidants in matcha are known to boost the metabolism which helps burn calories and fat. One scientific study shows that matcha green tea can increase your body’s fat-burning capabilities by up to 17%.
Matcha also helps reduce hunger by increasing satiety and is a natural reducer of the stress hormone Cortisol – which often causes stubborn midsection fat.
Longer lasting energy and enhanced concentration
Matcha provides sustainable, long lasting energy which also helps enhance concentration.
Containing a small amount of caffeine (around 1/10th the caffeine in coffee) but unlike coffee, matcha releases the caffeine slowly over a period of 6-8 hours. This means you’ll get a sustainable energy boost.
And, matcha also contains the highest concentration of amino acid L-theanine which stimulates memory, concentration and focus.
Packed with powerful antioxidants
Matcha contains the powerful antioxidant, EGCG, which is known for it’s cancer fighting properties. Research studies show matcha to be particularly beneficial in preventing and fighting breast cancer.
For women, the single biggest preventative measure for breast cancer is good nutrition. Dr Kristi Pado Funk, Pink Lotus Breast Cancer Centre states that “Three cups of green tea a day decreases breast cancer risk by half.” And just 1 cup a day of matcha gives you the cancer-fighting antioxidants of 10 standard cups of green tea bags.
Lowers the risk of heart disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in Australia. The good news is that the chances of getting heart disease can be reduced or prevented through changes to diet and exercise.
The antioxidants in matcha help enhance the lining of blood vessels in the heart – which regulates blood pressure, and prevents clotting. As a result, this helps protect your cardiovascular system.
How do you introduce matcha to your diet?
Matcha makes a delicious, non-bitter green tea or you can add ice and fruit for a refreshing iced tea.
You can also use matcha in your cooking- adding it to your smoothies or in baking!
What’s your favourite matcha recipe?
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