Matcha is a type of tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It has become very popular in recent years, from matcha shots, lattes, teas and desserts. It is grown and cultivated differently from green tea. It has a unique nutrient profile because farmers cultivated differently to increase its chlorophyll production, boosting its amino acid content and darker its green hue. The leaves then are removed the stems and veins. Only the leaves are grounded up into a fine powder, matcha. Therefore, it contains the nutrients from the whole tealeaf, and make it has greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants.
The components of matcha bring a variety of benefits from help protect the liver to promoting heart health and weight loss.
Here are the 7 benefits of matcha which are evidence based by Authority Nutrition.
- Matcha is rich in catechines, which is natural antioxidants. It may reduce cell damage and prevent chronic disease. However, more in depth studies in human are needed.
- According to some studies, matcha could prevent liver damage and reduce the risk of liver disease.
- Some research shown that matcha has several tea components, such as caffeine and L-theanine. The components are claimed to have the effect in enhancing cognitive function as well as improving attention, memory and reaction time.
- In some animal studies, matcha has been linked to prevent cancer cells and decrease tumor size.
- Green tea has a similar nutrient profile to matcha. Studies have shown that drinking green tea as well as matcha may help protect against heart disease. Green tea has been proven to reduce levels of bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and help to prevent the oxidation from LDL cholesterol.
- Studies have shown that green tea has the ability to enhance weight loss because it may help to speed up metabolism to increase energy expenditure and boost fat burning. Green tea and matcha come from the same plant and contain similar nutrient profile. Both green tea and matcha could increase weight loss.
- Matcha is simple to make and teases delicious. Different ratio of water and matcha can be accordingly from person to person. You can also add it into your deserts or other drinks, such as cakes, cookies, lattes, smoothies, etc. Recipes can be found on Internet.
Matcha is made from a whole leaf. Therefore, it packs with more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds than green tea, although both tea is from same plant.
Matcha provides different benefits. However, the further studies on human are needed to have results that are more accurate.
Cited: Health Line