I’ve been kicking matches lately! Macha’s popularity has been growing over the last several years due to its strong health benefits, bright green hue and the opportunity to match your coffee shop game. Macha is made from ground-up tea leaves and contains antioxidant, vitamin and caffeine rich nutrients. We are going to talk more about the benefits of Macha Green Tea and how this powerful green powder can enhance your health.
Macha is a type of green tea, yet different from the traditional green tea, which is soaked in hot water, macha is made from earthen tea leaves which turn into a powder. The powder is dissolved in water, which is removed as opposed to steepening. For this reason, when you eat macha, you are getting high concentration of vitamins and nutrients.
Maca is low in calories, fats, proteins or any macronutrients, but mainly contains vitamins, nutrients and strong plant compounds, especially antioxidants called catechins. Natural antioxidants account for about 30% of the dry weight of Macha Green Tea [R].
Green tea contains four main catechins
- epicatechin (EC)
- epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG)
- epigallocatechin (EGC)
- epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG)
The latter is the most active and abundant. Catechins provide commanding antioxidant energy, help reduce your susceptibility to chronic disease conditions, as well as improve the aging process through its anti-inflammatory properties.
Green tea contains other exceptionally strong polyphenols and antioxidants such as rutin, quercetin, chlorophyll which give the match a bright green hue, vitamin C and stress releasing amino acid theninine.
According to Caffeine, a regular cup of coffee contains about 70 mg of caffeine whereas a regular cup of coffee contains 100-200 mg of caffeine.
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Obesity affects a wide range of people. Weight management is especially important for improving overall health and quality of life. Extensive studies have shown that catechins found in macha powder have anti-obesity and antidiabetic effects. [R].
One study found that overweight participants were given 300mg of EGCG for just two days, increasing their fat oxidation rate. [R].
A comprehensive review of Green Tea for Weight Loss in Obese Adults has identified a number of randomized controlled trials over a period of at least 12 weeks and has shown that match green tea can help reduce weight by increasing fat oxidation and thermogenesis. [R].
The next time you’re at Starbucks, there’s more to enjoy than a delicious Match Green Tea Latte! Or make one at home and add some solverin collagen for an extra 10 grams of protein for body building.
Several studies have pointed to the cognitive efficacy and mood-enhancing properties of macha and green tea, especially since macha provides a higher concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols than traditional green tea.
A systematic review found 49 intervention studies on the acute psychoactive effects of caffeine, L-theinine, and EGCG on different levels of mood and cognitive performance. Considering that maca contains strong levels of caffeine and L-theanine, research has shown that macha can improve attention levels, mental clarity, serenity, and brain function. [R].
In one survey, 23 participants were given either match tea or a match bar, while the control group offered a placebo tea and bar. The study found an overall improvement in attention, task reaction time and memory recall. [R].
Macha is full of powerful health-promoting antioxidants, which are linked to the prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage and oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance between the production and deposition of oxygen reactive species (ROS), also known as free radicals in cells and tissues, and the ability to detoxify these reactive products with antioxidants.
Cancer is responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the United States each year. Studies show that polyphenolic compounds from green tea have anti-cancer properties. The effects of anti-cancer activity on prostate, colon and breast cancer have been shown. Studies have shown that polyphenols can inhibit the growth of cancer cells [R].
Heart disease is also a leading cause of death worldwide. Studies have shown that green tea and maca can reduce total cholesterol and bad “LDL” cholesterol levels and balance triglyceride levels. If your cholesterol is too high, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this formation is known as atherosclerosis. This condition causes the arteries to constrict and the narrow blood vessels reduce the blood flow to the heart. [R, R].
The next time you visit your local coffee shop and feel like changing things, try a delicious match at Green Tea Lat. Loaded by disease-fighting antioxidants and powerful plant compounds, macha is a delicious way to help keep your body healthy and happy!
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