Summary: If you’re active on social media and also a fitness lover, we assume you are already following the newly hyped matcha trend. In case not, we’ve got everything you need to know about it and why you should replace it with your regular green tea. Yes, this is because apparently, one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional benefits of 10 cups of green tea. Read on to know the health benefits of Matcha
If you’re active on social media and also a fitness lover, we assume you are already following the newly hyped matcha trend. In case not, we’ve got everything you need to know about it and why you should replace it with your regular green tea. Yes, this is because apparently, one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional benefits of 10 cups of green tea.
Matcha is originated from the same plant through which all the other green, black and oolong teas come from – Camellia sinensis. But there is huge difference in the way it is harvested and brewed which makes all the difference.
20-30 days before harvesting the matcha, farmers makes it a point to cover their tea plants to avoid direct sunlight. This increases the level of chlorophyll production and also boosts the amino acid content in the plant. This is also the reason why matcha has darker-green hue. After the harvesting, the stems and veins of the plant are removes and leaves are grinded into fine powder which is known as matcha.
Since, matcha is already powdered, there is a difference in the way you brew it as well. If you’re fan of green tea, you know that to drink it, you first need to steep the tea leave into hot water until they are completely infused after which you discard them. But in case of matcha, you drink the actual leaves in their powdered from by making a solution, that is, mixing a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water. This is why macha is better than green tea because you consume a more effective mix of nutrients and antioxidants.
Here are the most amazing health benefits of Matcha:
1. Weight loss
If you’re someone who doesn’t have a naturally fast metabolism, losing weight is very difficult. The green tea powder, or macha increases thermogenesis in the body which increases the body’s rate of burning calories from 8-10% to 35-45%. This will naturally speed up your metabolism, thus, helping you lose weight faster.
There are certain kinds of preservatives in the diet we consume which get stored in the body in the form of toxins such as heavy metals, dioxins, and hormone disrupters. The harvesting process of macha makes it a rich source of antioxidants and chlorophyll which helps in cleansing and eliminating of the harmful chemicals and heavy metals from the body.
3. Cancer prevention
Matcha is rich in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is a type of catechin compound and is known to have very powerful anti-cancer properties. Moreover, multiple studies have also proved that the polyphenols present in matcha prevent the proliferation of malignant cancerous cells. Drinking matcha everyday also reduces the risk of developing various cancers that include bladder, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer.
4. Energy booster
Matcha contains a unique form of caffeine known as theophylline, which is very different from the one present in regular coffee. Theophylline sustains the levels of energy in the body without any adverse effects. It helps with the functionality of adrenal glands and maintains optimum hormonal levels.
5. Effective workout results
Matcha also improves the quality and benefits gained from exercise. Drinking matcha right after a workout session can result in 25% of more fat-burning during the exercise. It will give you more focus and concentration that will help you push yourself harder.