Matcha Tea Benefits

Extraordinary Tea for Extraordinary Lives

There is a lot more to OMGTea’s Organic Matcha than just the lovely mild green tea taste and its vibrant emerald-green colour.

By now most of us know that green tea in general is very good for us – Matcha is the pinnacle of all green teas and it’s OMGTea’s mission to spread the word about this extraordinary green powder.

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Antioxidants in Matcha Help Protect & Repair Cells

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, especially the amount of antioxidants as measured with the ORAC value. ORAC, short for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, is a test tube analysis that measures the total antioxidant power of foods. ⁠

One study found that the number of certain catechins in matcha is up to 137 times greater than in other types of green tea.

Antioxidants are molecules that help fight off and even prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. In essence, antioxidants help clean up the waste products in our cells. Free radicals are compounds that are highly reactive, which means that they can attach and bind to, and ultimately damage, normal cells in the body. Free radicals are naturally formed when you exercise and when your body converts food into energy. Your body can also be exposed to free radicals from a variety of environmental sources, such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, radiation, and sunlight. When these free radicals become too high, they can cause harm to your body by causing “oxidative stress,” a process that can trigger cell damage.

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Matcha Calms the Mind and Relaxes the Body

For over 800 years Japanese Matcha Green Tea has been used by Zen Buddhist monks to enhance their meditation enabling them to relax their minds but remain energised. Matcha was also the tea the samurai who turned to before battle, because of its long-lasting energy boost and its ability to promote a state of relaxed awareness. 

This is said to be due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the Matcha leaves combined with caffeine. 

L-theanine (chemical name g-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid) is a rare, water-soluble amino acid and has been shown in scientific and clinical studies to have a direct influence on brain activity, particularly reducing stress. It is found only in certain species of tea plants and most abundantly in Japanese Matcha. It was first discovered in 1949 and not only does it provide one of the important health benefits of tea, it is also the major flavour of green tea. 

L-theanine is responsible for increasing alpha brain wave activity, which in turn promotes relaxation. When combined with the stimulant caffeine, it induces a feeling of alert relaxation and increased focus over a longer period, compared to caffeine alone. This is because the effects of caffeine are being moderated by L-theanine.

L-Theanine also increases the production of the two chemicals dopamine and serotonin which serve to enhance mood, promote better concentration, and improve memory.

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Matcha helps your body to detoxify effectively and naturally 

Matcha can help your body detox. This is because it’s packed with powerful plant compounds that help aid your body’s natural detoxification process. The antioxidants in Matcha can help your body flush out harmful toxins, boost energy levels and increase your overall health.

Here are some of the main compounds in Matcha that make it so powerful for detoxing:

Matcha contains Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll increases the blood’s distribution of oxygen and nutrients in your body while also helping your body to regenerate cells. Chlorophyll also reduces the production of gas and toxins that occur during digestion and contributes to protecting the liver. This helps to improve liver function, which can increase your body’s ability to flush out toxins.

Matcha is rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that help your body combat cell damage.

Matcha contains Catechins which is another powerful antioxidant that helps your body prevent cell damage. Catechins also improve intestinal conditions by helping to prevent the development of harmful bacteria, while also supporting good bacteria such as bifid bacteria. This optimizes the performance of the intestines, which is crucial for detox.

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Matcha Has Been Shown to Boost Metabolism and Burn Fat

Green tea is well known for its ability to enhance weight loss. In fact, studies show that it may help speed up metabolism to increase energy expenditure and boost fat burning.

Recent research from Acadia University in Canada, in partnership with the University of Chichester in the UK, revealed how quality matcha can significantly increase fat burning during moderate exercise. The findings showed that participants had higher fat burning during brisk walking with quality Matcha green tea. The tea used in this study was OMGTea.

Researchers examined the effects of three weeks daily intake of OMGTea Matcha on substrate oxidation during moderate exercise. Participants consumed 3 x 1 gram servings of OMGTea Matcha per day for three weeks.

In this study, the group data showed that exercise-induced fat oxidation was significantly increased by 35%!

It was also very interesting to note that there were no adverse physiological effects, such as increased heart rate, meaning that matcha is a very healthy alternative to other weight loss products on the market.

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Matcha Supports Oral Health 

Catechins like EGCG, which is found in quality matcha, support good oral health. Bacteria constantly grows in the mouth, fed by the sugar and starches that are in our diets. Most of these do us no harm, but sometimes it can cause problems and affect our oral health. Bacterial growth produces acid in the mouth, which can erode teeth and lead to cavities. Matcha can actively lower mouth acidity thus protecting from tooth decay. ⁠

⁠The lowering of acid levels in our mouths can bring us better breath as well. A study in Japan showed that Matcha catechins outperformed chewing gums, parsley seed oil and mints in reducing oral malodour with its effective deodorant and antibacterial properties and unlike black tea or coffee, Matcha does not stain teeth. This is because Matcha contains high levels of chlorophyll and acts as natural detoxifier preventing teeth from staining.⁠

How Does Matcha Support Health?

Rich in fibre and chlorophyll, quality matcha also contains vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium. With an abundance of antioxidants, including the powerful EGCg, it’s not surprising that matcha is often referred to as the superfood of all superfoods but what does that mean for our health?

Studies on matcha have unearthed a wide variety of potential benefits, including supporting heart and liver health, lowering cholesterol, improving brain function (concentration and focus), enhancing weight loss, reducing anxiety, and fighting disease. 

There are so many potential benefits to drinking quality matcha and research conducted to-date has only scratched the surface. OMGTea has been involved in some scientific studies, with very encouraging results, and which have paved the way for future studies into this extraordinary green powder. You can find more information on our Scientific Research page.

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