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Matcha Green Tea – How It Helps Your Health

The history and cultivation of matcha green tea is exciting, but what matters most to most drinkers is its health-boosting effects. If you’re still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging behind the times!

These are the most important health benefits offered by green tea matcha:

Cancer Prevention

Green tea has potent antioxidants known as catechins, which look out for harmful free radicals in the body. Based on a 2003 University of Colorado study, a cup of matcha green tea boasts 137 times more EGCG antioxidants compared to a cup of conventional green tea.

Anti-aging

The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. Their longevity is partly a result of their daily matcha green tea habit. Matcha green tea is Japan’s most popular green tea, but is fast gaining more popularity all around the world for of its ability to fight oxidation, inflammation, and aging.

LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction

A 2011 study, with results explained in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, proved that matcha green tea and other green tea variants or extracts, notably reduce the body’s LDL or bad cholesterol levels when taken regularly.

Weight Control

In a research study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, catechin-rich green tea extracts were found to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis more than the drink’s caffeine stores could explain. More specificially, it was established that drinking green tea boosted thermogenesis, the body’s calorie-burning rate, from 8-10% to as high as 35-43%.

In yet another study, it was shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea burns 25% more fat by the end of the exercise. On top of that, these two studies suggest that matcha green tea speeds up both the … Read More ...