Japan is synonymous with green tea and many other exotic teas. It’s a staple beverage in Japan and the fad is such that they use green tea powder to make candies, muffins and other snacks as well. All of us know about the regular green tea that is consumed around the world. But what exactly is Matcha green tea?
Did you know? One serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.
Matcha means, powdered tea. Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea made from the nutrient-rich young tea leaves that are grown in the shade before harvesting. Matcha Green Tea is steamed and stemmed before powdering it. The powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties.
Here are 7 health benefits of Matcha Green tea that you probably didn’t know:
Matcha green tea is a powerhouse of anti-oxidants. It has 6.2 times more than that of Goji Berries, 7 times as that of Dark Chocolate, 17 times as that of Wild Blueberries, 60.5 times as that of Spinach. When you drink a cup of matcha green tea you ingest the whole leaves which has all the nutrients.
The antioxidants present in Matcha green tea contain catechins ( a kind of antioxidant), which is known to prevent dangerous free radicals in the body. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen.
The components present in Matcha green tea are known to enhance memory and improve concentration. In fact, in Japan, matcha green tea is consumed before meditation and monks regularly use it to increase concentration.
The process of harvesting matcha green tea leaves by depriving them of sunshine increases the chlorophyll levels making it a repository of nutrients. The minerals and nutrients present in Matcha green tea powder is capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
The properties of Matcha green tea is such that it helps your body to quicken the metbolism process. It aids in digestion and helps you burn calories without other parameters such as heart rate and blood pressure. Now you know how the Japs are so slim and healthy.
Studies suggest that drinking Matcha Green Tea on a regular basis have lowered the levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increased the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol.
The antioxidants present in matcha green tea release a certain kind of amino acid which is extremely good for meditation and relaxes the mind. These amino acids promote the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
Now you know why the Japanese are look unbelieveably young with such a flawless skin.
Also check out: 7 Japanese Eating Habits that Can Keep you Healthy, Slim and Fit.
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