When I first dove into the world of matcha tea, I had no clue what I was going to find. What I discovered was all of the incredible benefits of matcha tea. One could say that I had found the green nectar of the gods. Now if you’re a genuine tea lover (and if you are on this site, you are.) then matcha green tea is definitely worth looking into. Not only is it the best kind of anti-oxidant which has special cancer fighting properties, but it’s also a huge weight loss tool. I go more into that in my matcha protocol article though. I’m here to share with you the 12 best benefits of matcha tea.
Its a superb cancer fighter
If this isn’t a great benefit to kick this article off, I don’t know what is! It fights free radicals inside of the body which lead to cancer. Compared to other green teas, matcha has a larger amount of something called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg.) What is EGCg you ask? Well for starters, its a catechin which have very specific cancer fighting properties. This and other catechins actively protect the body from pollution, radiation, UV rays, chemicals which can lead to cell or DNA damage. It takes those harmful free radicals and essentially neutralizes their harmful affect on the body. Since 60% of matcha are EGCg it might be worth your while to become matcha powered.
Its a weight shedding machine
You will learn much more about this benefit and how to implement it in my article the matcha protocol but matcha tea alone will help boost your metabolism from 8-10% all the way up to 35-40%. This is why every morning I always make sure I get my fix of matcha. A study done in 1999 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties.Thermogensis is the bodies rate at burning calories. They found that drinking matcha green tea right before a work out would boost fat burning by up to 25%.
Perfect your meditation with drinking matcha tea
The monks knew exactly what was up when they started incorporating this delicious brew right before their meditation sessions. They found that L-theanine, a special amino acid, that is released when matcha is consumed possesses anti-anxiolytic properties which help eases the brain into a alpha wave state. When our brains are in the alpha wave state, you most commonly will feel a profound relaxation along with an extreme mental clarity and a more alert state of mind. Monks would use this literally to give them a calm sense of self without having any obstacles in the way during meditation like falling asleep. One added benefit to theanine shows that it helps reduce physiological and psychological stress responses by stopping most of those neurons from firing off. This is personally one of my favorite benefits of matcha tea (I’m a zen practitioner.)
Alkalizes the body
Chlorophyll is present in matcha green tea which has been known to make the body more efficient in its cleansing processes. Chlorophyll is fantastic in its ability to cleanse the blood. It sends a boost of alkalinity through the blood and other tissue which, with all of the acidic things that we consume this day in age, who doesn’t want to balance their body out? This may be too much information but it also helps flush out toxins so that they don’t stick to the colon wall.
How many cups of tea?!
The benefits of matcha in terms of antioxidants is the equivalent 10 cups of green tea so whip yourself up a cup. The reason being is that when you make up just a cup of green tea, you are only able to pull out a small portion of the nutrients from the tea. So you aren’t getting the full potential of the green tea leaf unless you ground it into a powder and intake it that way. That is exactly the process that makes matcha tea. So you get all of those vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids that you possibly can that you just can’t get with regular green tea. What about the caffeine content you ask?
Caffeine in matcha tea is different
So your next concern may be about the caffeine content inside of matcha green tea. However, I argue that it is actually a benefit! Matcha caffeine and say… coffee caffeine are not equal at all. In fact, matcha tea’s version of caffeine is known as theophylline which makes you matcha powered, boosting your body with energy minus the adverse affects as typical caffeine (crashes and jitters). The slow release of theophylline not only gives an even level of energy throughout the day but also supports your adrenal glands which help hormone levels. I’ve noticed as I continue healing from Hashimotos, that it has helped me sustain and even out my energy throughout the day. Also, the amino acid L-Theanine plays a large part in its interaction with this type of caffeine which cancels out its adverse affects. Finally, 1g of matcha caries a moderate 35mg of caffeine on average.
Up your minds focus game
Mentioned in a few of the above benefits, L-theanine acts on the brain in ways that calms the agitation of the mind and eases it into an alpha state which translates into relaxed alertness. It also helps with memory and learning and cancels out the negative effects of caffeine. All this to say that a bowl of matcha in the morning before work or university will aid in mental clarity and focus due to this unique amino acid. (I’m running off of matcha right now while writing this very article!)
Controls type-2 Diabetes
There has been some research done on rats that have Type 2 Diabetic Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty (OLETF) rats and what positive effects matcha tea had on them over a 16 week period of ingestion. What they found was that matcha significantly lowered the glucose, triglyceride, and total cholesterol levels in the serum and liver, renal AGE levels, and the serum thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances levels. Adding this to your daily regimen may take you another giant step closer to reversing your type-2 Diabetes. If you need your matcha sweetened, you can also consider one of the healthy sugar alternatives that wont spike insulin levels as well! (ex. monk fruit)
Aids healthy gastrointestinal function
Studies show that taking matcha into your diet creates healthy bowel movements. So if you’re struggling with any kind of gastrointestinal disorder, you might want to give matcha tea a shot for a couple of weeks and see if you witness a difference. It also wouldn’t hurt to include a great probiotic in your daily supplemental intake.
ORAC value of matcha is through the roof
This is one of the more insane benefits of matcha tea as the ORAC value is known as the oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This basically determines a consumables ability to effectively fight off free radicals. Just to name a few of the best antioxidants out there and how they compare with matcha. This is per 1g of each food:
- Matcha tea: 1384
- Goji Berries: 253
- Pomegranate: 105
- Blueberries: 93
- Acaiberries: 60
- Broccoli: 31
- Spinach: 12.6
Closing thoughts on the benefits of matcha tea
From cancer fighting, weight loss, focus inducing, healthy digestion, anxiety reducing, there are just too many benefits of matcha tea to not start adding matcha to your daily regiment. I hope that i’ve hoped guide you in the right direciton in your decision to incorporate matcha green tea into your life if you haven’t already.
A few suggestions to matcha uses in the morning which I’m very preferential to are adding a scoop of matcha to my protein shake in the morning and mixing it with 50/50 almond milk and water mix. I will talk more about this matcha protocol in another article but this helps me stay full longer upon waking up and throughout the day as well as allows thermogensis take hold so that I burn calories quickly in my morning workouts. One last thing that I love is actually bottled matcha from ITO-EN (matcha love). It is the best matcha i’ve ever had that is bottled and would recommend it to anyone. However, I will say this, that the coconut version is terrible but the other version I’ve had are fantastic. One last thing about the small can “shots” as they call them is be careful not to buy the ones that include Soy in it. For males especially, it can have a lot of negative effect on the body. Also, if you are combating Hashimotos (or hypothyroidism) you also want to stay away from soy.
Now onward to your new found knowledge and journey!