Matcha-The Healthiest Variety Of Green Tea
Green tea is a staple in the fitness world because it is healthy. There is one variety of green tea that is even healthier than other kinds of green tea and it is called matcha. Let’s have a look at matcha and its health effects.
Matcha- what is it?
Matcha is grown differently than regular green tea. Tea bushes are covered for a period of 20-30 days prior to harvest in order to prevent direct sunlight. The shade turns the leaves dark green and increases amino acid production.
Post harvest the leaves are stone ground into a fine green powder known as matcha. As whole leaf powder is consumed in the tea, matcha is higher in certain substances than green tea and they are caffeine and antioxidants.
How to prepare matcha tea?
While regular green tea is made after soaking leaves, matcha is made from whole, ground leaves. To prepare this tea you need to add 1 tsp of the powder to hot and not boiling water and use a whisk to make the drink smooth and to get froth on top.
Health benefits of Matcha
Health benefits of matcha are similar to regular tea. However, since matcha has more concentrated antioxidants in it, a single cup equals 3 regular cups of normal green tea.
1) Matcha is loaded with antioxidants
Matcha is really high in antioxidants and that too catechins. Catechins fight inflammation, help maintain arteries and promote the repair of cells.
2) Matcha reduces the risk of heart disease
Consuming green tea helps improve total cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The antioxidants in green tea protects against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Green tea drinkers have 31 percent lower risk of heart disease. Matcha tea drinkers will benefit more as it has more antioxidants.
3) Matcha tea helps in weight loss
Green tea is almost synonymous with weight loss. They increase the burning up of calories by revving up the metabolic rate. Evidence, however, are mixed.
4) Matcha tea helps you relax and make you more alert
Green tea has a unique amino acid called L-Theanine. Matcha tea has higher levels of it when compared to other types of green tea. L-Theanine is known for mental relxation and it helps in fighting stress signals. The same protein is also known to increase your alertness without making you drowsy. Match tea is known to have a milder but a longer lasting buzz than coffee. L-theanine increases feel-good chemicals in the brain resulting in better mood, memory and concentration.
Does matcha have any adverse effects?
In the nutrition world, everything has its pros and cons. The same goes with matcha. Since, matcha is has a high concentration of both good and bad substances and it is generally not recommended to have more than 2 cups of it.
Matcha leaves can be contaminated with soil that includes pesticides, fluoride and heavy metals. Even if you go in for organic matcha, there are still chances of soil in it that contains harmful substances.
Matcha has three times more antioxidants than normal green tea. So, 2 cups of matcha tea equal 6 cups of regular green tea.
Consuming high levels of the compounds in matcha can cause nausea, symptoms of kidney or liver toxicity.
The bottom line
Matcha is healthier than regular green tea! But don’t exceed 2 cups a day of it.
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