Written by Sarah Curran
Tea is one of the most common and popular drinks in the world. Green tea is well known for its antioxidant and health boosting properties. Recently, Matcha tea has been hailed as being potentially even more beneficial to our health due to it containing more catechins than standard green tea.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is a tea used in Japan for tea ceremonies. Green tea is prepared in a special way that is attributed to its disease preventing abilities. Green tea has been used as a remedy from ancient times as a cure for headaches and even depression. Although there is limited research available for these ailments and the benefit green tea has on them, there is certainly plenty of evidence to warrant including green tea in your daily diet. Matcha is grown in the Uji plantations of Japan, the country’s famous area known for growing tea.
Benefits of Matcha
Tea catechins, especially those present in green tea, have been found to have antioxygenic and antimutagenic properties and may have beneficial effects on issues such as high blood pressure.
Research from 2003 has shown that the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) available from drinking Matcha is a minimum three times higher than the greatest literature value for alternative green teas. These values were determined using the method of micellar electrokinetic chromatography to determine the values in the tea.
There are many studies involving humans, animals and human cells which illustrate that green tea has a huge benefit of preventing some chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. A number of studies have found that the intake of foods and drinks which are rich in antioxidants reduce morbidity and chronic disease. Research has also shown that out of 18,000 male participants, those who drank green tea statistically reduced their risk of developing stomach or oesophagal cancer in comparison to those who didn’t.
Drinking green tea has been linked to a lower incidence of heart disease in Japanese populations. A cohort study with over 40,000 Japanese adults illustrated that green tea consumption was linked with a reduction in death from cardiovascular disease. It has also been shown in research that participants that drank more than five cups of green tea a day had a thirty-one percent lower risk of dying from this disease, and also a significant reduction in risk of a stroke.
Antioxidant content is the reason many researchers believe it has such a strong heart-healthy effect on humans. Green tea is also associated with a lower risk of stroke and also atherosclerosis.
Green tea has antiviral capabilities and research illustrates that it has an effect on the flu virus in cell culture. It was found that the green tea catechins were able to prevent the virus from multiplying in the culture.
Green tea has promising benefits for animals suffering from nerve disorders and degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Epidemiological studies on the occurrence of diseases such as Parkinson’s show that green tea consumption leads to a five to ten time’s lower incidence of these diseases in Asian populations.
Did you know that green tea can help to prevent cavities? It does this by preventing the growth of bacteria in the mouth responsible for cavities in the teeth. Green tea has also been associated with the prevention of bad breath, again due to its ability to prevent bacteria from growing in the mouth.
Green tea is anti-inflammatory by nature, and so it is no great surprise that there are studies that have found compounds present in the tea which provide benefits for arthritis prevention and symptoms that come with this ailment.
A study completed in 2002 revealed that green tea catechins are capable of slowing down the degradation of the joints and also the narrowing of the joint space, which is typical of arthritis. It was also found that the consumption of green tea may benefit the patient by reducing inflammation.
Take Home Message
Green tea has been proven in numerous studies through the years to exhibit many health benefits, ranging from prevention of disease to overall promotion of health and general well-being. It has also been shown that in cultures where green tea is consumed regularly; there are lower incidences of chronic disease.