Discover Why The Ancient Samurai & Zen Buddhist Monks Loved This Stuff!
As you travel the clean eating road, you are bound to come across some ‘weird and wonderful’ ingredients in recipes from time to time. These wonderful foods come from the vast array of cultures that inhabit our planet and bring with them ancient ‘food as medicine’ principles that health scientists are eager to learn more about.
Spending some quality time in your local health food store is a great place to start on this road to discovery and part of the adventure is finding ways to incorporate these foods into your diet.
We aim at Clean Food Now to assist you with plenty of ideas and inspiration!
The ingredient we’d like to introduce you to today is Matcha Green Tea. You will have seen it recently in this smoothie recipes Superfood Smoothie For Energy and now here’s a list of why it’s so good for you!
A long standing tradition of Japanese culture, Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha Green Tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties. This miracle elixir has been consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, and is now considered to be one of the most powerful super foods on the market today.
1. High in Antioxidants
The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
2. Loaded with Catechin, EGCg
Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
3. Enhances Calm
For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. The amino acid L-Theanine contained in Matcha promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
4. Boosts Memory and Concentration
Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
5. Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension.
6. Burns Calories
Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average.
7. Detoxifies the Body
The high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color but also make it a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
8. Fortifies the Immune System
The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
9. Improves Cholesterol
Studies of different populations have show that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.
10. Amazing Flavor
Drinking something just because it’s healthy can be a lot like swallowing medicine. Fortunately, unlike a lot of other teas which require sugar, milk, or lemon to make them palatable to the average consumer, Matcha is absolutely wonderful all by itself.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious bowl of hot Matcha.
Source: Natural Living Ideas