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The top 5 benefits of Matcha-Japanese Green Tea

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There are so many ways we can use self-care to improve our mental and physical health. Everything from exercise to what we put in our bodies is vital for our overall health and wellbeing. “Superfoods” are foods that nourish our bodies with necessary nutrients. However, they also have properties protecting our bodies from chronic disease and improving our physical and mental wellbeing. This article will share the top 7 benefits of matcha green tea, a powerful superfood that should be a part of your everyday self-care routine.

So, please sit back, relax, and let’s sip this informative tea.

What is Matcha:

Matcha is a potent, caffeinated, vibrant green tea grown in Japan. It has been a part of Japanese culture for over 800 years. It comes from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis) from which traditional green tea is harvested. However, the difference between matcha tea and traditional green tea Is how Japanese farmers harvest it. Before picking the plants, they are usually shaded from sunlight for approximately 3-4 weeks. This process gives the tea its unique flavor and color. Shading also increases the production of chlorophyll, antioxidants, and amino acids.

What are the benefits:

  1. Improved skin appearance and elasticity:

If you want your melanin to shine even brighter, adding matcha green tea to your daily routine is necessary. Matcha is high in catechins. These powerful antioxidants help fight free radicals in the skin, helping skin look younger by improving elasticity and brighter, by evening out blemishes and dark spots. Matcha also has anti-inflammatory properties. So, if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, or dermatitis, matcha can help reduce flare-ups. Lastly, the Japanese matcha is packed with tannins. Tannins can work as an astringent, so if you have oily skin, matcha can help with that too! You can reap the benefits of matcha through drinking it or using it to make a face mask.

  1. Improves mood and brain function:

High amounts of L-theanine amino acid are found in matcha Japanese green tea. The combination of L-theanine and caffeine has been shown to improve cognitive performance, improve memory, and have calming effects which improve mood. Other mental benefits include better focus, concentration, and mental clarity. Unlike coffee, matcha tea is not likely to cause the jitters or cause you to crash and be irritable or unfocused.

  1. It may help protect the body from cancer:

As I’ve mentioned above, the high concentration of antioxidants in this tea is helpful with fighting inflammation and free radicals in the body. These same properties combined with another ingredient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) give matcha its anti-cancer effects. Specifically with cancers that can develop due to diets, such as colon or gastrointestinal cancer. Research has also shown that matcha may have some therapeutic value for cancer patients; however, more research is needed.

  1. Helps with maintaining a healthy weight:

If you’re looking to lose or maintain your weight, adding matcha Japanese green tea to your regimen is necessary. Green tea has always been associated with weight loss due to catechins and caffeine. In one study that reviewed 49 weight loss and weight management studies that used green tea as a supplement for weight loss, researchers found that green tea slightly improved weight loss and weight management outcomes. In another study, catechins from green tea were also shown to enhance belly fat loss when paired with regular exercise. Since lowering belly fat is also known to improve overall health, matcha may be a great addition to your health care regimen.

  1. May boost heart health:

A 2018 study cited that African Americans are 30 times more likely to die from heart disease when compared to white men. This same study noted those African American women were 60 times more likely to suffer from high blood pressure when compared to white women. Green tea, which contains many of the same properties as matcha tea to a lesser degree, has been shown to protect against heart disease. Studies show that the properties of matcha Japanese green tea have been shown to reduce the fatty acid synthesis and lower cholesterol. The catechins in green tea have also been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce blood clotting related to stroke.

Matcha Japanese green tea has been enjoyed for centuries in Japan. Its calming effects and healing properties make it an excellent addition to your daily routine. Matcha tea has a unique sweet, earthy, savory flavor that tastes great mixed with your favorite milk for a delicious latte. You may even want to replace your morning coffee with matcha to help relax you in preparation for your day. No matter how you decide to enjoy matcha, you can be sure that it’s a great habit to include in your daily routine. If you’re looking for more ways to be healthy, check my latest blog post, 10 Healthy Habits to Improve Your Health.

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