Everyone knows that green tea is great for you, but are you sure as to why? We’ve explored what makes green tea superior to other teas and specifically, what the reaped benefits are as a result of drinking it.
Green tea is superior to other teas (such as black tea) because of the way it is processed. Green and black teas are made from the same plant, however black tea is oxidized and goes through the fermentation process while green tea does not. Even further, matcha is another form of green tea that is gaining popularity. According to Registered Dietitian, Natalie Rizzo, “matcha is a green tea leaf that is hand picked and stone ground into a delicate powder.” She goes on to explain that this form of the tea has even more concentrated properties of green tea’s benefits. Nichole Dandrea, RD, emphasizes the concentration of matcha tea, saying that “one cup of matcha tea is equivalent to the nutritional and antioxidant values of 10 cups of brewed green tea.”
Benefits of green tea include the following:
1. Multitude of Antioxidants
Antioxidants help build up the body’s immunity. Registered Dietitian, Natalie Rizzo explains that “a diet rich in antioxidants can help prevent against serious diseases, like cancer.” Since matcha is a whole ground tea leaves, it contains even more antioxidants than standard green tea. Specifically, matcha contains high amounts of the catechin EGCG, says Dandrea, which is proven to be an effective cancer-fighting antioxidant. She says that this catechin is not found in other foods and it “helps to protect the body from free radical inducers like pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals.”
2. Peace of mind
Matcha has a high concentration of L-Theanine, an amino acid that is proven to induce a type of waves in our brains that is a “similar response that occurs in our brains through meditation,” says Nichole Dandrea, RD.
3. Metabolism boost
Green tea and matcha are proven to boost your metabolism, aiding in fat loss. Drinking a cup each morning can help jumpstart your metabolism for the day.
While matcha has less caffeine than coffee, it has more than standard tea. Rizzo explains that it will leave you feeling refreshed, yet calm “because of L-theanine’s calming effect.”