Everything you should know about the Health Benefits of Green Tea/Matcha Tea
Founder of Teatis Tea
Are you familiar with Green/Matcha tea?
Green Tea, especially Matcha is having a major moment.
People are using this bright-green powder it to make everything from tea, sparkling tonics, and smoothies, to Matcha-infused snacks like ice cream and cookies.
Green Tea has been used as a medicine for centuries especially in Asian countries and is one of the healthiest beverages.
Green tea has various health benefits like anti-aging, lowering blood pressure, and anti-cancer effects. It has various health effects as compared to normal black tea as black tea is processed in a way that allows fermentation and green tea does not go through fermentation. Eventually, green tea retains the maximum number of antioxidants and polyphenols, the substances that give green tea its many benefits.
A brief explanation of some health benefits of green tea is as follows,
Green Tea intensifies metabolism, the polyphenols in green tea increase levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body converts food to calories, hence allowing weight to lower.
Improves Brain Function;
Green tea does more than just keeping you up, as it boosts your brain function. The key ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. Caffeine increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. Moreover, green tea also contains L-Theanine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier and boosts brain functioning.
Increases Fat Burning;
Green tea is one of the ingredients containing beverage that boosts fat metabolism. It increases fat burning and boosts metabolic rate. The increase in metabolic rate depends on individuals and vary with them.
Green tea helps regulate your blood glucose levels and slows the rise of blood sugar after eating. This prevents high insulin spikes and results in fat storage and diabetes control.
According to scientists, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping them to stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also prevent the formation of blood clots and prevents heart attacks significantly.
Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and increased the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
Protects Brain Aging;
Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, but it may also protect your brain as you age. This way, it helps in Alzheimer’s disease, which is a common neurodegenerative disease and the most common cause of dementia in older adults, and Parkinson’s disease, another neurodegenerative disorder caused by the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain.
Reduces Bad Breath and Tooth Decay;
The catechins in green tea also have benefits for oral health. It prevents the growth of bacteria and lowers the risk of bacterial infection and hence it also prevents the risks of tooth decay and reduces mouth smelling.
Matcha Tea, a particular variety of green tea is considered to be even more healthy and beneficial than other forms. It is grown and consumed differently than other forms and what’s more, its whole leaves are consumed.
Technically, farmers grow Matcha by covering their tea plants 20–30 days before harvesting to avoid direct sunlight. This shade increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green hue. Once the tea leaves are harvested, the leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as Matcha. Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than typically found in green tea. It has all the health benefits of green tea, in greater amounts, so it meets all its hype.
It is very important to be organic one because we consume whole leaves when drinking Matcha.
*Make sure to check with your doctor before changing eating habits, or trying new supplements.