Matcha Tea: The Anti-Aging, Weight Maintaining, Health Promoting Superserum
Where do I even begin with this article? Matcha, in my mind, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I love the way it makes me feel, look, and, behind the scenes, helps maintain a healthy body. Matcha is packed with amazing phytochemicals that do the body good! From weight loss, mental well being, and wrinkle prevention, Matcha can be your new best friend.
Matcha: Rich with Fat Burning & Metabolism Boosting Compounds
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea extracts rich in EGCG increased the rate of thermogenesis by up to 35 percent (from 8-10 % to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure). As you may know, Matcha differs from regular green tea in that the entirety of the leaf is consumed- which means all of those good for you antioxidants, catechins, and fat burning compounds of green tea are not wasted in the process of brewing! In fact, another study completed by The University of Colorado in 2003 found that Matcha tea has up to 137 times the amount of EGCG compared to a standard cup of brewed green tea.
EGCG’s (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) potential health benefits are not limited to its metabolism boosting properties, however.
Another more recent study found that green tea beverages and extracts such as matcha decreases the total level of LDL (bad) cholesterol in patients (American Journal of Nutrition, 2011). EGCG is the most abundant form of catechin found in green tea, catechins being plant based polyphenols and antioxidants. These categories of compounds are currently being researched for their potential to positively affect human health and disease, with subjects as diverse as tooth decay, heart health, mental well-being, and cancer prevention.
Regular green tea also has been the subject of study as well- multiple studies have found that regular green tea consumption demonstrate a positive effect on endothelial function and arterial health. But consider this- Matcha tea truly is like green tea on steroids!
Why Matcha > Regular Green Tea
It’s OK- the caffeine in Matcha is absorbed much differently than that of coffee or an energy drink. In Matcha, the caffeine is bound to the catechins we mentioned earlier- due to this, caffeine is released slowly into the body over time, resulting in a sustained, more focused energy than that found with coffee, which peaks quickly and causes a sharp spike and crash. The calm, alert, and focused energy of Matcha is further attenuated by the large amounts of L-theanine present, a compound under even more research for its effects on anxiety, blood pressure control, and mood regulation. For more information on L-theanine and its synergistic effect with caffeine, check out our Matcha 101 page!
The Powerful Anti-inflammatory Abilities Of Matcha:
Anti-inflammatory foods and antioxidants are the key to healthy skin. Matcha, due to the high levels of L-theanine, antioxidants, and catechins present within it, have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the body when consumed. Many of our readers have read, seen, or heard about how important anti-inflammatory foods are for healthy, glowing skin.
From my own personal experience, my skin care regimen consists of no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, and Matcha tea. I remove the foods that have documented pro-inflammatory effects on the body, and drink Matcha to reduce inflammation. With all of these in conjunction, I never break out, and am consistently asked what my secret is. It is as simple as that.
Matcha, Health, & Immunity:
I won't weigh in on Matcha’s ability to prevent or fight cancer- a disease like cancer does not have a silver bullet.
Studies have been inconclusive regarding a link between Matcha consumption and cancer prevention, and a multifaceted disease such as cancer has many factors that come into play with disease acquisition. A healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise regimen are absolutely the most important things one can do to prevent cancer and the complications it brings.
That being said, maintenance of a healthy body weight, stress reduction, and inclusion of healthy, plant based compounds are all building blocks to a defense against disease in general, and Matcha can lend a strong helping hand in that regard. Cheers to Matcha Tea!