1. Known as a Powerful Cancer Fighter
The most potent catechin found in matcha is epigallocatechin (EGCg), which makes up 60% of all catechins in matcha tea. This powerful anti-carcinogen is well known for its cancer-fighting properties and has been associated with reducing the risk of skin, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancer.
In addition to cancer, matcha tea also possesses a number of properties that may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
While it’s not recommended that matcha or any kind of tea is used as the sole method for cancer or cardiovascular disease prevention, consuming a cup of (unsweetened) matcha tea a day is still recognised as being beneficial to overall wellbeing.
2. Matcha can Boost metabolism and burn fat
Can Matcha green tea aid in weight loss? Yup! Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in our bodies, and thus the way our bodies burn calories. The catechins in matcha tea boosts fat oxidation and increases thermogenesis from 8-10% to 30-40%. Matcha can actually help and promote weight loss.
Drinking matcha tea before a workout has been shown to boost thermogenesis and our body’s metabolism, increasing fat burning potential by 25%. Does that mean you need to workout less? NO. Don’t be lazy, but let the matcha help you workout.
3. Increases energy
The energy boost experienced after consuming matcha tea largely due to its caffeine content (about twice as much as a regular green tea) as well as a number of other nutrients, including L-theanine, a naturally occurring stress-relieving amino acid found in tea leaves that promotes relaxation without drowsiness, while improving cognition and attention.
Although matcha contains more caffeine than regular green tea, the L-theanine counteracts the usual effects of stimulants such as nervousness and wakefulness.
4. Improves mind and mood
L-theanine also enhances the production of dopamine and serotonin in our bodies, which helps improve our mood, enhance memory and increase our ability to concentrate. With five times more L-theanine than regular green tea, matcha not only gives you an energy boost, the presence of L-theanine also ensures your mind stays sharp when you need it, and helps you unwind when you don’t.
Matcha tea plants are grown in the shade. In the weeks prior to harvest, the plants are covered to reduce direct access to sunlight, further enhancing the production of chlorophyll, a molecule that converts solar energy to cellular energy. Chlorophyll is what produces the intense green coloring in matcha.
6. Lowers cholesterol
Though not scientifically proven, studies into populations who consume matcha green tea regularly have found a significant decrease in cholesterol-induced problems. This is believed to be a result of matcha tea containing lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
7. Builds immunity
The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a number of essential vitamins including calcium, iron, potassium, protein and vitamins A and C
8. Combats aging
In addition to the long list of benefits derived from the catechins in matcha tea, they also help slow down the aging process by combatting oxidation and inflammation.
We do love those catechins!