|Posted on May 23, 2018 at 4:05 AM|
The rich antioxidants present in matcha tea help in cancer prevention, improved mental alertness and clarity, detoxification, free radical scavenging activity, and stronger immune defense. Polyphenols and catechin-rich matcha promotes relaxation and contributes beneficially to prevention and treatment of various medical conditions. These include bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, cancer, and type-2 diabetes. Matcha tea also assists in maintaining cardiovascular health, gastrointestinal health, and works as a superb energy booster.
What is Matcha?
Matcha or maccha is a finely ground, bright emerald-green tea powder with the scientific name Camellia sinensis. It is prepared from a high-quality shade-grown leaf known as tencha. The tea bushes are sheltered to avoid the exposure of direct sunlight which reduces the pace of photosynthesis and slows down the growth of plants. This provides the leaves with a darker shade of green and stimulates the production of chlorophyll and amino acids.
Matcha is a time-honored beverage which is a source of essential nutrients.
It is rich in vitamin A, C, E, K, and vitamin B-complex
Matcha tea contains trace minerals including selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium.
It is rich in components with super antioxidant activity including polyphenols, catechins, and chlorophyll.
Matcha tea contains a high level of dietary fiber.
Presence of amino acids such as L-theanine and theophylline in the matcha tea makes it a multi nutrient-packed drink.
This green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
Health Benefits of Matcha Tea
The important health benefits of matcha tea have been listed below.
Matcha tea works wonderfully well in providing a calming effect on the body. L-theanine, a unique amino acid present in this green tea, possesses anti-anxiolytic properties, which assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves enhance mood, encourage relaxation, induce a profound feeling of mental clarity, and help achieve an alert state of mind.
Rich Source of Antioxidants
Matcha tea has antioxidants such as catechins – EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which detoxifies the body. A research  study assessing the antioxidant power of this tea has revealed that as compared to other green teas matcha has the highest amount  of EGCG. These antioxidants seek out for the oxygen free radicals and neutralize their harmful effects. Thus, protecting the body from the occurrence of disorders or inflammations associated with the oxidative stress.
Detoxifies the Body
Chlorophyll present in matcha is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleansing the blood. It aids in maintaining the alkalinity of blood and tissues. Chlorophyll also helps in preventing the association of harmful toxins with colon walls and flushes them out of the body.
Matcha helps prevent cancer due to the presence of EGCG  which has chemopreventive properties. Multiple studies have shown that polyphenols present in this tea prevent the proliferation of malignant cancerous cells, and promotes induction of apoptosis. It also assists in reducing the risk of developing various  cancers including bladder, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer.
Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine; not to be mistaken with the one present in regular coffee. This unique form of caffeine known as theophylline sustains the energy levels without any adverse effects. The slow release of energy due to theophylline helps in supporting the functionality of adrenal glands. It also maintains optimum hormonal levels.
Prevents Eye Disorder
Consumption of matcha leads  to absorption of catechin in the tissues of the eye, which helps prevent blindness caused by cataracts. It also boosts vision and prevents eye disorders such as glaucoma.
Catechins present in matcha leads  to a reduction in body fat. It also boosts metabolism which further leads to decrease in body fat mass.
A study  suggests that theanine found in matcha tea acts as a neurotransmitter. It exerts a calming effect on the brain without causing any drowsiness. This soothing effect helped the Buddhist monks in maintaining deep concentration during their meditation sessions and was the main reason behind its popularity. Another study  has revealed the anti-stress effects of theanine present in this tea, which assists in reducing the physiological and psychological stress responses by inhibiting the neuron excitation. Matcha tea is also believed to boost memory and concentration.
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Protects from Infections
Matcha tea rich in EGCG helps fight various bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. According to a research  study, EGCG binds to the lipid membrane and exerts inhibitory action against the growth of various human pathogens. These include influenza A virus, hepatitis B, and C virus, herpes virus, adenovirus Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and Candida albicans yeast.
Protects against HIV
Epigallocatechin present in matcha also helps in protecting the brain of HIV patients. This defensive act attributes to its penetration power through the blood-brain barriers, which are not feasible for the commercially available anti-retroviral drugs.
Improves Gastrointestinal Function
Matcha tea is useful for treating gastrointestinal disorders. A research  study conducted in this field has revealed that consumption of this tea stimulates the fecal excretion. It also helps the body to get rid of harmful chemicals and toxins.
Prevents Renal Damage
A research  conducted on diabetic subjects administered with matcha tea suggests that it helps prevent renal and hepatic damage. It does this by restraining the accumulation of advanced glycation end products in the kidneys. Green tea extracts also help to treat  non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Controls Type-2 Diabetes
Matcha tea is beneficial for those suffering from type-2 diabetes. It helps in maintaining  a healthy metabolism by lowering blood sugar levels. This antioxidant-rich tea also aids in reducing the levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, and hepatic glucose content in diabetic individuals.
Strengthens Immune System
Matcha contains various antioxidants, polyphenols, epigallocatechin gallate, and L-theanine. All of these collectively contribute towards boosting the immune system and protecting against various antigens.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
EGCG present in the matcha helps to lower the cholesterol levels thereby maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. A research study  has suggested that EGCG also helps in reducing the accumulation of lipids and promotes autophagy in the vascular endothelial cells.