What Are The Benefits Of Matcha Tea?
It’s High In Amino Acids
Because of how the matcha is grown, the tea plants end up with more amino acids (required for: protein synthesis, tissue repair, and nutrient absorption), chlorophyll (can boost energy & fight illness), and theanine (which helps to regulate emotions, mood, energy & other brain functions. (1)
It’s High In Anti-Oxidants
Matcha’s tea leaves contain several anti-oxidants such as vitamin c (matcha has 2x the amount of other green teas), quercetin (a phytochemical that helps regulate insulin and insulin sensitivity), and rutin (known for it’s anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties).
Additionally, all these extra anti-oxidants mean your body has a better chance of fighting off free radicals which are linked to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases (2).
It’s High In Theanine
Theanine is an amino acid. Along with attributing to the taste of matcha, the “combination of l-theanine and caffeine may enhance concentration, vigilance, and efficiency to a higher extent than the use of either compound alone, additionally alleviating stress”.
It has anti-viral properties
One of many studies has shown that “matcha green tea may have antiviral activity (by inactivating SARS-CoV-2)”. However, this is contingent on the virus and more studies are required to fully vet this potential benefit.
May Prevent Neurodegenerative Disorders
Matcha powder contains both ECGC and caffeine. ECGC helps to reduce neuroinflammation, inhibits ageing of the brain, decreases the deposition of amyloid-β in the brain which is the main component of the plaque found in the brain of those with Alzheimer’s disease (1). Additionally, caffeine helps reverse oxidative processes aka oxidative stress which causes our brains to age.
Can Regulate Our Carbohydrate Metabolism
One of the common struggles of those with hormone imbalance is decreased insulin sensitivity. Several of the anti-oxidants and other nutrients within matcha help to regulate insulin secretion, improve insulin sensitivity and inhibiting starch digestion (1).
MAY CONTRIBUTE TO WEIGHT LOSS
Y’all know I have a thing about diets and gimmicks. I’m all for creating the body you want and doing it in a healthy way. So let’s not read this as “matcha will help me lose weight”.
HOWEVER, there was a three-week study done on women with a regular menstrual cycle. And the results show that for those who had a continuous intake of matcha over time there was an increase in fat oxidation (aka fat burning) (3).