|One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
Amongst its many health benefits, matcha green tea:
· Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
· Boosts metabolism and burns calories
· Detoxifies effectively and naturally
· Calms the mind and relaxes the body
· Is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
· Enhances mood and aids in concentration
· Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
· Prevents disease
· Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Why is matcha green tea better than loose leaf green tea?
When you brew a cup of green tea valuable antioxidants are thrown away because water can only extract a fraction of green teas benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. The only way to truly take advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf. But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just drink a cup of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stoneground tea leaves, it provides you with green teas powerful vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.
In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea.
Why is matcha tea considered an anti-oxidant powerhouse?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Certain fruit and vegetables are loaded with antioxidant properties but matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.
What are green tea catechins, and why are they so important in anti-cancer diets?
Matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which aren’t found in other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting properties. Most importantly, EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.