Matcha is an uber fashionable choice today. Every café has a Matcha menu. The choices are not limited to just beverages either. There are Matcha-flavored muffins, cakes, and what not. Like every super food, matcha green tea also enjoys plenty of celebrity endorsements. From nutritionists to Hollywood A-listers, everyone is a part of the ‘bow down to Matcha’ club. And when Victoria’s Secret’s models are lining up to get their own Matcha concoction, you know that it’s the next biggest trend.
But, what’s all the hype about? Are there any real benefits to the Matcha madness or is it just another health fad?
The short answer is – Matcha is super healthy and beneficial. For the long answer, keep reading!
Matcha is deeply rooted in the Japanese culture, and has been a staple beverage there, long before it became “cool” in the western world. It is said that it was the drink of choice for the Samurais (that’s even cooler) who consumed it as a source of energy. Interestingly enough, it was also sipped by Buddhist monks who believed that it helped them meditate and remain completely aware of their surroundings. These were observations. But what does the actual science say?
Modern medical science says that Matcha is somewhat of a miracle product. It is basically a powder obtained from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis, a plant that is used to make a type of green tea. It is already well-documented that green tea has caffeine and L-theanine. While caffeine is responsible in keeping you alert, the L-theanine component makes you relax. A study conducted on mice shows that green tea actually reduces stress levels. All green teas have caffeine in them. Consider matcha green tea as a more caffeinated green tea. The higher caffeine levels make it more potent and the L-theanine sustains the effects further.
The observation and the actual science are coming together now.
Matcha powder also has anti-oxidant properties. A 2014 research found out that it contained catechins. These compounds have powerful anti-microbial properties. A paper published in the prestigious journal, Nature, offers more proof that these catechins fight bacteria that cause cavities and some other dental problems. Catechins have also been documented to help with cardiac conditions.
There is strong evidence that Matcha offers a unique combination of caffeine and catechins that is actually responsible for nervous stimulation. This further leads to a slight increase in metabolism. It is said that this makes matcha even capable of burning excess fat in the body. However, the extent and potency of this effect is not very clearly understood.
Whether you have been drinking Matcha as part of a tradition or you have come across it because of the hype, making this lifestyle choice will only benefit you. There is a reason why Matcha tea has survived for thousands of years, and there is a reason why so many people are endorsing Matcha tea powder today. It is truly healthy, and there is solid scientific research backing it up.
Including Matcha tea in your routine is a good habit, but only in small proportions. Do not overdo it. You should take half a teaspoon of matcha green tea powder every day. That’s all. That’s healthy in any form.
Don’t wait for the hype to die down, because it probably won’t. The old monks had the right idea. So, if you have not already tried it – get ready to welcome matcha into your life!