Matcha – The Superior Green Tea

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Many people know about the benefits of green tea:

Aids in weight loss.

Extremely high in antioxidants.

High in beneficial flavonoids and phytochemicals to boost health, fight cancer, etc.

What many people don’t know is that not all green teas have been created equal.

In fact, there is one green tea that stands so far above the rest, it mocks all the other puny green teas for being the puny junior green teas they are.

That green tea is matcha green tea.

Matcha green tea usually comes in a powdered form that looks and smells a lot like wheatgrass powder. You can blend it into hot water to make a hot tea, add some milk to turn it into a latte, or blend it into a smoothie.

However you can get it, so long as you’re not allergic of course.

Let’s take a look at some astounding features of matcha green tea.

Let me first say something about another of my favorite foods – goji berries.  Goji berries are one of the healthiest foods on the planet.  We are well served to include them in our diets.  And while goji berries have one of the highest antioxidant profiles among all foods, matcha has 500 percent more antioxidants than goji berries.

500 percent.

The antioxidant green tea is most rich in is called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.  EGCG is known and/or credited for many things, ranging from its potential to protect against cancer, it’s potential to protect the brain, and its most desired benefit…

Weight loss!

Yes, there are studies galore touting EGCG’s ability to aid in metabolism-boosting and weight loss. And EGCG is found in all green

teas, which obviously includes matcha. [1] [2] [3]

But why not regular green tea?

When it comes to antioxidants and EGCG in particular, matcha has been shown to have at least three times as much EGCG as regular, brewed green teas.  You may even see some studies showing it to have as much as 137 times as much as some commercial varieties, but I believe that is a real outlier and the real number is probably closer to three.  The higher reported number may just point to the lack of potency of some commercial varieties, so I would stick closer to three times as much. [4]

Which, by the way,  is nothing to sneeze at and if you are looking to use green tea in your weight loss efforts, you should really consider matcha to boost and enhance your efforts.

Besides the massive increase in antioxidants, matcha is also much higher than regular green tea in chlorophyll, whose benefits I touched on in this article about wheatgrass.

Besides chlorophyll’s high antioxidant capacity on its own, it is also a potent blood builder and cleanser.  Since matcha is made from the whole leaf rather than brewed tea, it contains loads of chlorophyll, which adds a massively important element to its arsenal that regular green tea just cannot compete with.

Why green tea to begin with?

In addition to its ability to help with weight loss and provide abundant antioxidants as we discussed earlier, green tea has also been shown in studies to have potential to help prevent cancer or the spread of cancer, combat inflammation, protect our brains, and even possibly help protect against serious diseases like Huntington’s disease and diabetes.  That is why I choose the most beneficial version of it. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

Believe me, drinking regular green tea is still truly amazing for you, so I would not recommend heaving all your teabags into the trash.

However, I believe matcha is a superfood of the highest quality which is why I include it in my daily health regimen.


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