Matcha may seem like just another tea, but when it comes to health benefits, it is a power food. Rich in vitamins, minerals and loaded with antioxidants, it delivers nutritional benefits which no other traditional green tea can provide.
Here are some health benefits of Matcha:
Detoxifying the system
The vibrant green color of Matcha is because of the high levels of chlorophyll, which is a powerful detoxifier. It helps to safely cleanse and eliminate heavy metals and harmful chemicals from the body. One cup of matcha contains 5X the content of chlorophyll as compared to a cup of green tea.
Always choose the greenest matcha while purchasing the powder. This guarantees a high content of polyphenols which will help to flush out the system.
Increases energy levels
Matcha contains caffeine and L-theanine, a combination of will give that extra mid-day boost and stable levels of energy. Coffee on the other hand provides only a short burst of energy which can later lead to a caffeine crash. One cup of matcha drink helps to keep one physically active and mentally alert as the caffeine is slowly released into the body.
L-theanine helps to boost the production of alpha waves in the brain which provides relaxation and better clarity of mind.
Effective for weight loss
Matcha contains a powerful antioxidant, EGCG which has a positive impact on metabolism. Both caffeine and EGCG help to increase the levels of hormones which helps to mobilize fat from fat cells. Not only this, but it also helps to reduce visceral fat (which leads to an increased risk of heart conditions and diabetes) as well as waist circumference.
Consuming matcha as a pre or post-workout drink helps to reduce exercise-induced stress and improve recovery time.
Improves heart health
A potent antioxidant found in matcha, EGCG, is suggested to improve heart health by improving blood pressure, reducing the risk of clots, and decreasing inflammation, all common culprits of heart attack and stroke. It also helps to improve blood flow by expanding the heart arteries.
Including a cup of matcha in the daily regimen along with following a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise is a key to good heart health.
Better skin health
Matcha has several added benefits such as improving skin health and providing a great glow. The catechins present help to deactivate free radicals from the skin and hence reduces the signs of aging. It is a great food product to fight acne, improve complexion and skin elasticity, and also protecting against UV damage.
Matcha powder can also be used as part of a beauty regimen for improving skin health
Matcha is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants which help the body to fight off various infections. It helps to eliminate bad breath, provides relief from a sore throat, and is effective in killing off bacteria. The powerful antioxidant EGcG helps the body to fight off infections such as hepatitis and herpes virus and several bacterial infections.
Loaded with vitamin C, selenium, and magnesium among many other vitamins and minerals, this food is surely a powerhouse.
Rich in Antioxidants
The power food is loaded with antioxidants such as catechins and polyphenols which help to reduce cell damage and inflammation. It also has a high ORAC value or oxygen radical absorption capacity ( (higher the value, lesser is the oxidative damage to cells ) of 1348 units/gram. This value is also much higher than foods such as goji berries and dark chocolate.
1 cup of matcha provides nutritional value equivalent to about 10 cups of brewed green tea!
Wondering as to how to incorporate matcha in your diet? Here are a few simple Matcha recipes to help you get the best nutrition out of it!
Always choose a premium grade of matcha (such as koicha) to get the best nutrition.
It’s best to consume a powdered form rather than leaves for receiving the benefit of the whole leaf.
Author: Akansha Laddha (Nutritionist)