Health Benefits of Matcha: Anti-Aging, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol
Matcha green tea is proven to contain more catechins than almost any other warm beverage.
Catechins are natural phenol antioxidants, occuring mainly in green tea leaves but also found in weaker concentrations in wine and chocolate.
They provide a hugely diverse array of health benefits, described in more detail below:
Oxygen. Whilst vital to our existence on this planet, is susceptible to conversion into 'active' oxygen through environmental and lifestyle factors.
Once this oxygen becomes active, it begins to oxidise cells - creating wrinkles, blemishes, and other signs of skin-aging (and can even accelerate the onset of lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer and diabetes).
Tea catechins can protect against this process through the donation of their own electrons which work to de-activate any 'active' oxygen in the body.
Matcha therefore provides a wealth of catechins to aid this process and subdue the signs of aging.
Studies by the British Medical Foundation discovered that green tea, in general, is shown to help reduce and control cholesterol levels.
The Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA, found that drinking tea helps to prime the body's immune system against various disease-causing agents such as bacteria and parasites.
It does this by teaching disease-fighting immune cells to recognise and eliminate these agents.
Research conducted by the Kao Corporation in Tokyo found that catechins can help to reduce, or at least control, body weight, BMI, and waist circumference.
In a 12-week study of 35 participants, the results showed that those regularly consuming a high level of the catechins in green tea had a significantly lower body weight and fat mass by the end of the trial than those taking the lower dosage of catechins.
To discover even more health benefits of drinking matcha, return back to the health benefits page.