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Benefits of Green Tea

{Please welcome Angela Parker from Grass-Fed Mama.  She is sharing the benefits of green tea with us today.  This topic is very fascinating to me, as I lived in Japan for a year, plus spent a bunch of time when I returned to the U.S. in the Japanese community. I drank a lot of tea and loved the taste of matcha especially. Read on and see how good this tea is for you!  The post talks mainly about Matcha green tea, but almost all of the benefits of matcha appear to be found in green tea as well.}

I just recently learned about Green Tea (and Matcha green tea) and its health benefits. I am so excited to add this into my diet and reap from its amazing properties.

What is Matcha?

Matcha Green Tea is pretty unique because it is only grown in Japan (green tea is grown outside of Japan as well). It is a traditional tea that was consumed by Monks to improve mental clarity.

The Matcha plant is grown in the shade and contains high amounts of chlorophyll which is good for natural detoxification. The leaves are then harvested and ground into a powder.

The tea is special because the powder is mixed into water and not brewed like most teas. This way you get all extra the health benefits from the leaves and fiber too.

One Cup of Matcha Green Tea has 10 times the nutritional value of one cup of regular green tea.

Just like regular green tea, Matcha Green tea does contain caffeine. The actual caffeine amount will change based on how much powder you use. Your cup could contain from 34 to about 68mg, whether you use ½ tsp or 1 tsp.  {From Adrienne: Because of the calming effects noted below, however, some say you don’t get that “caffeine crash” after consuming green tea.}

What does it taste like?

It has a several layers of flavors from a sweet to a bitter, and a rich “healthy” taste too.

You want to make sure you get a good quality brand because the quality will change the flavor. Usually you can get the best price in your local Asian markets.

Benefits of Green Tea

Benefits of Green Tea

1. High in Antioxidants

Matcha is a great source for catechin polyphenols. Catechins are the most potent and beneficial. These are special antioxidants that aren’t found in any other foods . Antioxidants are known to help protect us from cancer, cardiovasular disease, and keep us looking young and beautiful. The more antioxidants you eat, the better prepared your body can be to fight off infections and diseases.

Check out the amount of antioxidants in Matcha vs common antioxidant “superfoods”:

  • 6.2 times more antioxidants than Goji Berries
  • 7 times more antioxidants than Dark Chocolate
  • 17 times more antioxidants than Wild Blueberries
  • 60 times more antioxidants than Spinach

2. Calming and Improves Focus

Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine that is known to relax the mind and improve focus. L-Theanine helps in the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two work together to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration.

This tea can also be a great way to start your day with a focused mind ready to tackle the problems of the world. Drinking this may help you focus for a big test or presentation at work.

Instead of drinking a cup of coffee in the afternoon, this would be a great drink to grab to push you through the rest of the day.

3. High in Fiber

Matcha is high in fiber. Fiber helps you stay full between meals and can help stabilize blood sugars. Fiber can also be a good thing to help you stay regular and keep your bowels moving.

4. Helps us Detox

Because Matcha tea is high in chlorophyll, it is a great way to detox naturally. Natural detox is a great way to keep our liver healthy and working properly. We try to avoid toxins in our environment and foods, but you just can’t avoid everything. I like to take chlorophyll tablets too to increase my intake.

5. Helps Burn Calories

Matcha tea is considered a thermogenic food which can improve your resting metabolism and help speed up your metabolism naturally. Just like how coconut oil can increase your BMR and help you lose weight naturally. This tea is great because you can burn calories without even trying.

6. Increases Energy Naturally

Drinking Matcha increases your energy naturally because of all the vitamins and minerals that help your body function at its best. This is what makes it the perfect drink to get you going in the mornings and keep you going in the afternoon. It does have some natural caffeine (less than a cup of coffee). The extra vitamins in the matcha tea also helps increase your energy levels.

7. Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar, Lowers Cholesterol and Improved Blood Pressure

A preliminary study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2009 showed in tests on rats with type 2 diabetes that the rats receiving matcha demonstrated decreased levels of cholesterol and blood sugar.
The matcha also seemed to protect the rats from liver and kidney damage.

Benefits of Green Tea

How to Use Matcha

Because it is a powder that you just mix into water, it is very easy to fix.

Just mix a couple a teaspoons into a warm cup of water and add stevia, lemon or honey to taste.

If you can’t find it locally, you check out my Product I Love Page to see where to buy it.  Matcha Green Tea

As always, Angela and I (Adrienne) are not health professionals.  Please consult your physician before making changes to your diet or supplement routine. Thank you!

Do You drink Matcha Green Tea or Regular Green Tea?
How do you like it?

Sources:
http://www.matchasource.com/about-matcha-s/19.htm
http://www.matchasource.com/v/vspfiles/new-to-matcha-tea/index.html
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/greentea/a/Matcha.htm
http://www.drlisawatson.com/matcha-superpowdered-green-tea

Angela BioAngela Parker, SLP, CCC is head writer of GrassfedMama.com. She was born and raised in Louisiana, but moved to Richmond, Va recently for a new adventure. She has been married for almost 10 years to her high school sweetheart and has two little girls: Aidalyn and Annaleigh. She’s a speech therapist by trade, but decided to be a stay at home mom while her girls are little. Her passions include health, wellness, healing through nutrition, natural medicines, cooking with whole foods, and natural parenting.  Check her out at Grassfed Mama. Follow her on PinterestGoogle +InstagramTwitter and Facebook

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  1. This tea was featured on Dr. Oz last week. I tried to find it but still can not. I will search it out online. Thanks for all the good tips and sharing the health benefits with us!

  2. Matcha is AMAZING. My family loves loves loves it, even though it was hard to find at first. You can use i in numerous foods. We even made them into some awesome cupcakes with & without frosting that my 5 children love. The biggest issue I had was finding the matcha in powder form locally but I did. And now that store orders it anytime I need it. :)

    • That is such a great idea to put Matcha in cupcakes. I love that your store will order it for you. What great customer service. How do you use Matcha the most? in recipes or as a drink?

  3. OK. I Do think macha tea is great for you, and I agree with all the other comments in the article. My problem, however, is from WHERE this is sourced: Japan (Fukushima Radiation) or China (have you SEEN the pollution in the fields, of toxic heavy metals and more?????) The source of your link to macha tea is from China
    NO THANKS!
    I’ll take other, less great teas sourced from CLEAN sources and have fewer health issues because of it. No poisons for me or my family, thank you.
    It amazes me that so many touting health and organic, etc, offer foods only from these countries: are they unaware of the area contaminated by Fukushima, or the horrible toxic contamination of the entire country of China??? (not to mention the human treatment element!)
    There must be other safer locations to find good, safe, healthy foods and super-foods. And what about eating locally? Foods grown in the area where you live that should be actually better for your body….
    Just a few thoughts, about what we choose to put into our bodies: not only should it be organic, but CLEAN organic, and that means NOT from sources that are inherently toxic like China for years, and now, due to Fukushima, the unfortunate Japan. (and via the Pacific ocean currents, most of the west coast of the US, as well, now:

    http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2013/10/28-signs-that-west-coast-is-being.html

    http://www.naturalnews.com/041200_Fukushima_radiation_poisoning_contaminated_food.html

    http://naturalfamilytoday.com/nutrition/why-pacific-ocean-seafood-is-a-serious-health-hazard/

    I’m not trying to freak everyone out, but the “news” is hiding the extent of this contamination from most of the public, although you can find information if you search.
    We need to be alert to these cover-ups in order to protect us from unhealthy ‘healthy’ foods.

    • I think this is important but we do need to watch out that Natural News tends to blow things out of proportion. I didn’t realize that matcha link was to a china one – odd since the post said it is only from Japan. Maybe Angela can address that. I will change the link.

  4. I buy matcha at Whole Foods…in the bulk jars.

    Also, I make mine “bullet proof”:

    1-2 tsp. Matcha
    1-2 Tbl. Butter
    1 Tbl. Coconut oil
    1 tsp. MCT oil
    1 Tbl. Maca root powder
    2 drops of peppermint essential oil

    I mix mine in a latte machine or you can blend it a bit
    so the butter melts and creates some froth.

    When it cools a bit, I will sometimes add Raw honey and chia seeds.

    This concoction keeps me full for 2 hours! (That is a feat for my hunger…believe me!)

    YUMMY! :)

  5. Rhoda Edwards says:

    I love your site Adrienne! you always have interesting things going on here. Thank you for all the hard work and tiresome research you put in to get the info to your subscribers. Reference matcha, we don’t have it here in Trinidad and Tobago and I want to agree with Carol about the toxin and all that stuff about treating people shoddy etc. I am not an health expert but I would want to be very cautious when dealing with food stuff coming from some countries.

  6. I like my match tea with cashew milk that I make and a little liquid stevia.

  7. mindiehilton says:

    I am a green tea drinker but now I will be a matcha drinker, going to try and buy some today.

  8. I LOVE matcha. Not a fan of its pricetag, though. Of all your sources, which do you think is organic AND most economical?

  9. I love matcha green tea and have even made a matcha green tea lover of my husband when I challenged him to give up his usual morning caffeine fix of a canned energy drink, and he noticed his energy levels were far more steady with the matcha green tea. I use matcha green tea powder in my protein pancakes and mix it into my greek yogurt with some cinnamon for that afternoon pick me up without the crash. My favorite benefit to adding the matcha green tea powder? The green tint it gives my food and drinks keeps my kids from eating it :)

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