There is no doubt that Matcha falls into the superfood category. Low in calories and rich in antioxidants, Matcha was even once deemed an elixir of immortality by Chinese emperors. Drinking Matcha on an everyday basis, therefore, can defiantly improve your health through a number of ways, from a boosted immune system to a meditative lifestyle!
Let's take a look at why drinking Matcha everyday is so good for you!
1) Cellular Protection
If you have read our previous articles on the health benefits of Matcha, you should already know that Matcha is overflowing with antioxidants, which prevent the harmful oxidization of cells by attaching themselves to free radicals. The prevention of cellular oxidization ultimately hinders otherwise cellular damage by these free radicals. This can range from improved skin and protection against wrinkles (by preventing damage caused by harmful UV radiation), to a boosted immune system!
Incorporating Matcha into your daily routine, therefore, can ensure a stronger immune system, clearer skin, and so much more!
On a similar note, Matcha's high catechin count, including EGCGs, account for the protection of cells from DNA damage caused by free radicals. The polyphenols in Matcha are also purported to inhibit tumor cell development. In fact, Matcha's cellular protection and cancer fighting abilities are so renowned that Matcha has been at the center of studies regarding cancer risk reduction. For example, a study of 882 women found that those who drank Matcha had an reduced risk of developing bladder cancer. Another study also showed that women who drank considerable amounts of Matcha also had a 22% lower risk of developing breast cancer.
These are only a few examples but the results are extraordinary! Drinking Matcha on a regular basis, therefore, can possibly help to inhibit the growth of tumor cells and protect cells from DNA damage!
3) Reduced Stress
Stress management is one of the best things you can do for health. After all, both acute and chronic stress can cause sleep disturbances, a weakened immune system, chemical imbalances, and even stomach ulcers and heart disease. The great news is that drinking Matcha is a great way to reduce stress and even improve your mood!
How does it work?: The answer is simple, Matcha contains L-theanine.
L-theanine is an amino acid unique to tea and is known to reduce stress through increased relaxation. It has even been used in studies as a way to reduce anxiety, given that it enhances the production of alpha waves, which are produced during a state of meditation. The studies showed that L-theanine helps to reduce stress and anxiety without any proceeding drowsiness. Hence, drinking Matcha can help to significantly combat stress!
4) Mood Enhancement
L-theanine doesn't just make you feel relaxed, it improves your mood too! By naturally increasing the levels of brain chemicals such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA, a cup of Matcha leaves you in a energized, worry-free, and giddy mood! A great mood, without a doubt, can improve your overall health, whether it is through a lack of stress and malaise or an increased inclination to tackle the day!
5) Enhanced Focus
L-theanine + Caffeine = increased focus & stable energy
One gram of Matcha has about 35mg of caffeine, which is 1/3 the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee. This is great for two reasons: (1) even though it is a smaller amount of caffeine, the effects last longer, and (2) even when prepared with the same amount of caffeine as coffee, Matcha does not cause a sudden energy spike or jitters followed by a crash. Both reasons are due to the unique relationship of Matcha's L-theanine, caffeine, and catechins.
First and foremost, the catechins in Matcha bind to the caffeine, ultimately slowing its absorption into the bloodstream. Likewise, L-theanine acts a relaxant, while the caffeine is a stimulant. This means that the combination of the two will allow for enhanced focus! In fact, Japanese Buddhist monks used to drink Matcha prior to meditation as it allowed for a state of mental alertness, relaxation, and unrelenting focus!
Drinking Matcha on a daily basis and especially before certain activities can help improve focus and your overall health!
6) Lower Body Mass
We all know that a high body fat percentage is linked to an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, among others. Matcha's strong presence of catechins, however, isn't only great for fighting cancer - it is great for maintaining a healthy body weight!
Catechins are known to boost your daily metabolic rate, induce the breakdown of fat cells, slim fat around the waist area, and lower waist circumference. Drinking Matcha on a regular basis, therefore, is shown to increase your metabolism (even by up to 30-40% compared to non-Matcha drinkers!)
Health can lead to happiness and happiness can likewise lead to health! Through reduced stress, enhanced mood, and an improved immune system equipped with cancer-fighting and cell-protecting EGCGs and polyphenols, it seems that drinking Matcha can have a lot more health benefits than what appears at first glance!
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