Some brief history about green tea
If you have read some little bit of Japanese history you must have heard of Zen monks. Although they do not know much as regards the building of muscles, they are quite knowledgable about how to lead a long stress free life. Among their secrets to living longer is the drinking of matcha green tea. In fact, if you are not yet consuming this tea, you are missing out on great things.
Among the various benefits of this tea include boosting of the body metabolism, reduction of stress, boosting body immunity, lowering of the cholesterol levels in the body, and best of all, this tea has been known to fight cancer. The Chinese started drinking green tea over 100 years ago. The Japanese adopted this practice later on and named it tea matcha. The Zen Buddhist monks drank the green tea in order to remain calm and alert during their long meditation hours.
The Japanese tea leaves are grown under shade in order to increase their chlorophyll content. The leaves, very high in chlorophyll, are then picked by hand, steamed, and properly dried then ground in to fine green powered which is then packed and sold to consumers. The history of green tea and how it is harvested is very interesting topic. However, what is of greatest importance to enthusiasts is the antioxidant effects.
Studies show that the antioxidant content present in just one matcha green tea cup is equivalent to the antioxidant content present in 10 tea cups of regular tea. The power of this tea is so super because all the leaves are dissolved in water instead of being steeped in bags. Thus, when preparing green tea, you will not throw away the leaves as you do when preparing the regular tea. Thus, you will ingest the powder and reap all its antioxidant powers.
Matcha tea benefits
Prevention of cancer:
Cancer has become one of the greatest health burdens all over the world. Although the cause of cancer is in most cases not exactly known, it is believed that among the leading causes is increases in the levels of chemicals and other toxins in the body. The foods that we eat and the pollutants we are exposed to are among the leading cause of cancer. Green tea can help fight cancer because it contains catechins.
These antioxidants present in green tea fight the free radicals in body. Epigallocatechin gallate is among the most important catechin content in green tea, and is believed to be one of the most powerful anti-carcinogens you can get in food. A 2003 study by University of Colorado found that drinking one matcha green tea cup gives the body 137 times antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate as compared to the amount you get when you drink the convention green tea cup.
Okinawa in Japan has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. Among the reasons why people from this area live for long is because they regularly consume the matcha green tea. There are other types of green tea but none is as popular as the match green tea in Japan. This tea is also gaining popularity across the world as more and more people become aware of its benefits. It has proven to be of great help in combatting aging and its effects such as oxidation and inflammation.
Lowering LDL (bad cholesterol) in the body:
Green tea lowers the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. High levels of cholesterol in the body increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and many other life threatening conditions.
Green tea helps increase thermogenesis in the body, leading to rapid weight loss for those who want to shed off pounds. Thermogenesis is a term which describes that rate at which the body burns calories. The rapid burning of calories means faster shedding body weight.