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5 Benefits of Matcha

Matcha is powdered green tea, specially grown and processed. For better flavour and texture, Matcha requires covering the tea plants with shade cloths until they are ripped when growing. The leaves are hand-selected, steamed briefly to stop fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavour. Dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder. 
This difference in growing and processing the leaves differentiates the way you drink the tea. Unlike the usual green tea that you drink after infusing the tea leaves into the hot water and taking them out, you are drinking Matcha as ground tea leaves. Hence, Matcha has remarkably high nutrition and is full of health benefits. 
5 Benefits of Matcha
Health benefits that Matcha offers are countless. But instead of listing them all and make you bored and confused, I would like to categorize them and explain. 
  1. Fat burning
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Matcha is full of vitamins and minerals. In particular, Matcha is famous for high Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG) that reduces inflammation and expedites the metabolic rate of cells. An irritated digestive system absorbs fats to protect itself. Matcha high in EGCG makes your digestive system healthy. By having a healthy digestive system, you will feel fewer snack cravings. 
Also, EGCG in Matcha has been shown in research to boost metabolism. When your body burns fat, it uses a biochemical process to break large fat proteins into small triglycerides that can then be processed[1]. EGCG in Matcha facilitates this process, making it easier to break down difficult fats and turn them into energy. According to a study conducted on correlations between catechins and body fat and cardiovascular risks found that ingesting green tea led to a significant reduction in BMI, waist circumference, body fat mass, and subcutaneous fat area of healthy men and women[2].
Besides, numerous studies show that EGCG also raises the hormone in charge of making you feel full[3]. By drinking Matcha, you feel full as well as your digestive system will be healthier. 
  1. Anti-aging
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Matcha is a great source of antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols. These antioxidants can help fight cancer, boost digestion, protect your DNA, sight, and fight against heart disease and diabetes. But amongst these functions, the anti-aging effect is the most famous.
According to the Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity test, created by the National Institute on Aging, which measures the antioxidant levels in foods, Matcha measures 1,384 units per gram[4]. That is 13 times the antioxidants of pomegranates, 15 times the antioxidants of blueberries, and 125 times the spinach. 
When you consume Matcha, the tea holds all the nutrients from the entire leaves. Including Matcha in your daily drink/diet can increase your antioxidant intake, which can slow down your aging process!
  1. detox
Chlorophyll gives leaves their green colour. Matcha is greeny, which means it contains a lot of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is famous for its detoxifying and purifying benefits. Hence Matcha also has powerful detoxifying and purifying properties.
Matcha green tea helps neutralize chemicals and pollutants as well as heavy metal ions. According to Hans Fischer, 1930 Nobel Prize winner[5], chemical structure of chlorophyll is identical to haemoglobin. Chlorophyll provides materials for the entities to generate haemoglobin that delivers oxygen throughout the body. The abundance of oxygen promotes the removal of harmful impurities and toxins.
Matcha can cleanse out our digestive system. According to Lisa Samuels, a founder of The Happie House mentioned that Chlorophyll helps with digestion by increasing the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. It is also antimicrobial, which means that it rids of harmful bacteria while maintains healthy ones[6]
  1. Energising
Different from the caffeine from coffee, or black tea, that from Matcha is released slowly into your system along with L-theanine, giving you a steady supply of energy and clarity without the anxiety or any side effects when you might experience with coffee or energy drinks[7].
Matcha contains higher caffeine than bagged teas do (31.8mg caffeine in regular green tea and 68mg of caffeine in Ceremonial Matcha[8]). But l-theanine offsets the potential negative effects of caffeine by giving you more sustained energy. 
  1. Other Health Benefits
Matcha provides not only physical health benefits but mental health benefits. Physical health-wise, Matcha can protect you from cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke. According to a study[9], there is a positive correlation between Matcha green tea consumption and cardiovascular health, mainly due to Catechins. 
Matcha is also good for the brain. In several studies[10] that measured brain performance, the group who consumed Matcha either as a drink or a bar outperformed the group who consumed placebo drinks or bars in cognitive tests, measuring attention, reaction, time, and memory. Another study[11] shows that consuming 2 grams of Matcha daily for a couple of months improved brain function in the elder.
Mentally, Matcha is known for mental health, most imaginably zen. L-theanine in Matcha is a rare amino acid compound that promotes a sense of relaxation and destresses. Historically, one of the earliest uses of Matcha was to aid Japanese monks for meditation. Whether you practice meditation or not, little more of calmness will benefit us in hectic and stressful modern times. 
There are more benefits of Matcha, other than I listed above - such as giving you stronger immunity and oral health, glowing skin, and full of minerals and vitamins, preventing arthritis, etc. However, Matcha is not a panacea. It is a tea that has numerous health benefits. But why not choose your tea or dessert smarter and healthier? Beau Durée's Match spread will satisfy both your taste buds and wellness!

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