Its true; a 2003 University of Colorado study showed that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea.
What is EGCG ? A polyphenol found in green tea, EGCG is found in highest amounts in black, green, and oolong teas, carob powder, and in smaller but significant amount in pecans, hazelnuts, raw cranberries and pistachios. EGCG has significantly higher antioxidant levels than vitamins C or E, two highly regarded antioxidants. It has been found to be twice as effective as resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine, in scavenging free radicals. EGCG also inhibits the proliferation of cells -- making it useful in fighting the spread of cancer.
Why such a difference in EGCG levels between conventional green tea and matcha green tea? Let's take a closer look?
5 Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
- Anti-Aging: In the book, Blue Zones, longevity expert Dan Buettner highlights 9 regions in the world that are known for long life. One of those places is Okinawa, Japan. The people of Okinawa's longevity has been attributed partly to drinking Matcha Green Tea on a daily basis.
- Fat Burning: Studies have shown that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise. Studies have suggested that matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate as well as fat burning.(1)
- Detox: Since Matcha tea is shade grown, it is higher in chlorophyll that brewed green tea. Studies have shown that chlorophyll helps in detoxing heavy metals and other contaminants such as cadmium and mercury, pesticides and industrial pollutants.
- Stress Relief: Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than traditional green tea. L-theanine is an amino acid which induces alpha wave activity in the brain. Alpha wave activity can relieve stress, promote relaxation and lower blood pressure.
- Cancer Protective: Studies have shown that the polyphenols in this type of tea prevents the proliferation of malignant cancerous cells and promotes apoptosis (cell death). It also helps to reduce the risk of developing bladder and colorectal cancers and works to stop the progression of breast and prostate tumors.
If you already drink green tea regularly, what do you think about upgrading to Matcha?
(1)The Benefits of Green Tea and Exercise