Matcha has been around for centuries. Historically, it fuelled hours of meditation of Chinese monks and the battles of the Japanese Samurai. Matcha is far more than energising and delicious, it has numerous health benefits and can boost your metabolism and digestion!
Matcha for metabolism
Matcha contains an antioxidant called Catechin, which is known to boost metabolism and has thermogenic properties that are beneficial for weight loss.
Studies have shown that it can increase the body's thermogenesis from 8-10% to 35-43%, helping to burn 25% or more of fat. In addition, catechins are also beneficial for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol.
This antioxidant is generally obtained from the plants as green tea and the tea tree. Scientists at the University of Colorado have found that matcha has 137 times more catechins than regular green tea. That's because when you drink matcha, you eat the whole leaf, unlike the way most teas are drunk, where you steep the leaf in hot water for a few minutes and then discard the leaf.
Why not fuel your next workout with a energising cup of matcha green tea?!
Matcha for digestion
To achieve a good balance of gut bacteria we need to establish a suitable environment for good bacteria to grow; while inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
Therefore, we should consume a healthy amount of natural prebiotics. Prebiotics ferment in the gut and serve as food for probiotics. Nourishing and supporting good gut bacteria population will improve digestion.
A cup of matcha green tea a day can improve digestion and helping your body purge toxins.
The antioxidants and polyphenols in matcha green tea are broken down by the small intestine and colon. They act as a prebiotic, encouraging the growth of good gut bacteria. Polyphenols are also shown to discourage harmful gut bacteria.
Now that you know the benefits of drinking matcha, what are you waiting for, drink up now!