What are the Health Benefits of Matcha Tea?
STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT GREEN TEA MAY:
Have Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Studies suggest that EGCG, an antioxidant found in Matcha, suppresses the gene that plays a major role in the body’s inflammatory response. Matcha powdered green tea is rich in antioxidants, which act as anti-inflammatory and antiviral agents in the body.
The antioxidant contents of foods are measured by ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) units. Here are some ORAC numbers for other superfoods – Matcha tea measures an astounding 1384g – more than all of the other listed superfoods combined!
Source: Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States, Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, 2004, 52: 4026-4037.
Benefit Heart Health
Tea consumption has been associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in several studies. More evidence for the beneficial effect of green tea on risk factors for heart disease has emerged in a study which found that the consumption of green tea rapidly improves the function of (endothelial) cells lining the circulatory system; endothelial dysfunction is a key event in the progression of atherosclerosis.
A study of 40,000 peoples’ health habits in Japan over 11 years found that men who drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day had a 22% lower risk of death from heart attack and stroke than average. This pattern was even more pronounced among women, who had a 30% smaller risk than those who didn’t drink green tea.
Improve Memory & Concentration
According to research from the University of Leeds, natural chemicals found in green tea and red wine may disrupt a key step of the Alzheimer’s disease pathway.
Researchers at the University of Basel found that green tea extract increases the brain’s effective connectivity. This effect on connectivity also led to improvement in actual cognitive performance: subjects tested significantly better for working memory tasks after the admission of green tea extract. The Swiss findings suggest promising clinical implications for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia.
A study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research found that EGCG, a green tea antioxidant, can actually generate new brain cells. By focusing on the part of the brain that deals with short and long term memory, they discovered that the antioxidant can potentially help with degenerative brain diseases.
Anti-oxidant rich green tea polyphenois appear to have an ability to help the body fight off auto-immune diseases and boost the body’s natural immunity. Researchers at the University of Oregon found that EGCG, a green tea antioxidant, helped produce an abundance of T-cells, the body’s natural defense against invading pathogens. It also had a secondary benefit in reducing inflammation in healthy cells. Both these effects are important in fighting conditions where chronic inflammation causes rapid onset of disease.
Promote Weight Loss
Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists. In the experiment, obese mice that were fed a compound found in green tea along with a high-fat diet gained weight significantly more slowly than a control group of mice that did not receive the green tea supplement. In addition to lower weight gain, the mice fed the green tea supplement showed a nearly 30 percent increase in fecal lipids, suggesting that the EGCG was limiting fat absorption.
Result In Better Skin
Green tea antioxidants may help reactivate dying skin cells! Dr. Stephen Hsu of the Medical College of Georgia was astonished to find that EGCG, a green tea antioxidant, revived the dying skin cells on the level of the epidermis. “When exposed to EGCG, the old cells found in the upper layers of the epidermis appear to start dividing again,” he said. “If we can energize dying skin cells, we can probably improve the skin condition.”
Lower LDL "Bad" Cholesterol
A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea beverages or extracts significantly lowered total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Lead to a Longer Life
A 2006 Tohoku University study of 40,000 peoples’ health habits in Japan over 11 years found that those that drank 5 or more cups of green tea a day had a 16% lower risk of death than average and that risk was even lower in terms of mortality from heart attack or stroke.
Boost Exercise Endurance
A study testing the effect of regularly taking green tea extract and found that over 10 weeks, endurance exercise performance was boosted up to 24% with 0.5% green tea extract supplementation, and 8% with 0.2% by-weight addition to food.
Increase Bone Density and Protect Against Osteoporosis
A group of Hong Kong scientists have found that green tea antioxidants may help in bone formation and in the prevention and treatment of disease such as osteoporosis. The scientists exposed a group of cultured bone-forming cells (osteoblasts) to three major green tea components – EGC, GC, and GCG. They found that one in particular, EGC, boosted the activity of a key enzyme that promotes bone growth by up to 79 percent. EGC also significantly boosted levels of bone mineralization in the cells, which strengthens bones. The scientists also showed that high concentrations of ECG blocked the activity of a type of cell that breaks down or weakens bones.
Protect Eye Health
Scientists have confirmed that the healthful substances found in green tea do penetrate into tissues of the eye, raising the possibility that green tea may protect against glaucoma and other common eye diseases.
Promote Healthy Teeth & Gums
A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that routine intake of green tea may also help promote healthy teeth and gums. Researchers found reduced signs of periodontal problems for every cup of green tea consumed.