When it comes to the health benefits of teas, regular green tea grabs all the headlines. But matcha green tea — from the whole leaf, which is ground into a powder — is a much healthier alternative, according to research. In fact, one serving of matcha green tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea.
But why is matcha tea so good for you? Well, firstly, it’s packed with antioxidants, including the potent EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) — a catechin that may provide cancer-fighting properties and reduce inflammation in certain types of arthritis.
Antioxidants (vitamin C, E, selenium, and the aforementioned ECGs) combat free radicals, which are produced from things such as pollution, UV rays, smoking, radiation, and chemicals, all of which can lead to cell and DNA damage. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha intake can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.
Secondly, it may boost metabolism and burn calories. A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can improve thermogenesis — the body’s own rate of burning calories — from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.
Also, matcha is known to detoxify effectively and naturally, is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins.
Additionally, if you struggle with bouts of anxiety, matcha enhances mood and sharpens concentration while easing the mind and relaxing the body. But it does have some caffeine, so don’t overdo it, as it will lead to jitters.
It also provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium, and lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
So, how can I add it to my diet? For me, I enjoy it as a latte — thanks, Dunkin’ Donuts. (Copco 2510-9979 Sierra Single Wall Tritan Cold Tumbler with Removable Straw and Spill Resistant Lid, Orange). This bright green concoction contains high levels of chlorophyll from the leaves used for powder being shade-grown, just like Dunkin Donuts does it.
Buying matcha powder (Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder – USDA Organic, Authentic Japanese Origin – Classic Culinary Grade (Smoothies, Lattes, Baking, Recipes) – Antioxidants, Energy [30g Starter Size]) and adding it to almost boiling water while whisking it into a homemade, frothy tea is a good way to reap its benefits as well.
You can also sprinkle it on oatmeal and granola, or stir it into yogurt and soups. But whatever you do, find a way to work it into your diet. It’s potential health befits are hard to ignore.
Note: clicking on an affiliated link may help me earn a commission.
— Jerry Del Priore