Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
Matcha has been found to have many health benefits, from its slow release of caffeine keeping you energised longer, to its high level of antioxidants, there are many reasons to drinks matcha green tea.
Japanese scholars have been studying the health benefits of matcha and tea for hundreds of years, and have found that many of the chemical components found in Japanese tea play a vital role in this (e.g. catechins, theanine etc).
Matcha has a unique combination of the energising caffeine, as well as soothing L-Theanine. L-Theanine is an amino acid that helps promote alpha brain waves, which leads to calmness.
Theanine also helps the body gradually absorb caffeine over a period of 4 to 6 hours rather than all at once, cancelling out the negative effects of caffeine such as crashes.
Rich in Antioxidants
Catechins are another group of antioxidants that is naturally occurring in green tea and matcha. A specific catechin, EGCG, has been shown to boost metabolism, fight inflammation in the body, help maintain healthy arteries and even promote cell repair.
Catechins are capable of preventing active oxygen from attacking the tissues which can develop into diseases.
Decreases levels of cholesterol
The cholesterol level present in blood can lead to a number of medical conditions such as heart attacks. EGCG, a type of catechin found abundantly in matcha, has been discovered to be effective in suppressing the levels of cholesterol in the body.
Most of the amino acids in matcha are theanine, which is known to be good for improving mental stability as well as possessing relaxing qualities. Theanine helps promote alpha brain waves, which reduces stress levels.
The caffeine and theanine in matcha is released slowly into the body, therefore your body will enjoy the effects of a longer period and reduces likelihood of being overwhelmed (i.e. crashes & jitters).
Hypertension increases the likelihood of diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. While many things can lead to a rise in blood pressures, one key factor is angiotensinogen, which is synthesised in the liver and can constrict blood in blood vessels. Catechins have been found to suppress this.
Will all matcha have these benefits?
Yes all matcha should contain these substances. However higher quality matcha such as ceremonial grade matcha, will be more rich in the good stuff mentioned above.