By Avni Kaul
In a time when ‘green living’ is the mantra doing the rounds, there is another exotic product that is making lovers of green all over the world go ga-ga all. Matcha Tea is the traditional Japanese Green Tea that has several health benefits over and above the fact that it is a comforting warm brew in the cold weather. But do not confuse this with your regular green tea. It is much more beneficial from regular green tea because just one serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea. Additionally, matcha tea has 137 times more antioxidants than any other cup of green tea. Some studies have shown drinking matcha green tea regularly may prevent liver damage and decrease the risk of liver disease. Matcha tea enhances the brain function by relaxing the consumer but keeping him alert. It has been found that matcha may inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Also it reduces the LDL or the bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides while enhancing the HDL or the ”good cholesterol”.
While matcha comes from the same plant as green tea but the difference is that it is made from the entire leaf, as opposed to shavings thereof. So it has more concentrated amounts of anti-oxidants and beneficial plant compounds.
Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet.
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Here Are Some Benefits Of Consuming Matcha Tea:
Matcha Tea is higher in antioxidants than any other food available to man. The magical nutrients and enzymes found in matcha tea helps us to fight against the negative effects of UV radiation. They also give us younger looking skin and prevents a number of life threatening diseases. Matcha Tea has the highest oxygen radical absorbance capacity which is beneficial.
Organic compounds catechins are the most potent and beneficial of all anti -oxidants. Matcha Green Tea contains more catechins than another other tea – especially epigallocatechin gallate (ECG g) which have cancer-fighting properties.
Matcha Green Tea contains amino acid L -Theanine which help in producing alpha waves in the brain. Those waves induce relaxation in the consumer while keeping him alert. L- Theanine also increases energy levels and endurance which can last upto six hours. Dopamine and serotonin are also produced by L-Theanine which improves mood and memory thereby helping in concentrating better.
Matcha green tea also increases body’s metabolism with no negative side effects like increased heart rate or high blood pressure. Thus the body burns fat safely and faster.
Matcha Green Tea naturally detoxifies the body by removing heavy metals and chemical toxins.
The antibiotic properties which provide overall good health are found in catechins in matcha green tea. This tea also has sufficient potassium. Vitamin A and C, iron , protein and calcium. Studies have suggested that consumers of matcha green tea may be safe from the attack of HIV on human T-cells.
Matcha green tea drinkers have been found to have lower levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and higher levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Therefore , those drinkers are less likely to develop heart disease than others who don’t drink matcha green tea.
The best part of drinking matcha green tea is that it has an amazing flavor which is enhanced by L-Theanine . It does not need any addition of sugar , milk or lemon.
The best thing is that the nutrients present in matcha are released as soon as hot water is added to matcha powder – this means the hot water makes them readily available for absorption in the body once consumed, making matcha green tea a very healthy drink.
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Matcha green tea should be incorporated in the daily diet to get maximum benefits.
However, moderation is the key. One must not go overboard and so not more than 2 cups of matcha green tea per day along with a well rounded diet and healthy lifestyle. Matcha Green Tea is easy to prepare. Just add 1-2 teaspoons (2-4 grams) of matcha powder to 2 ounces (60 ml) of hot water and mix it well with a bamboo whisk. The ratio can be adjusted according to the preferred consistency or thickness of the brew.
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