Do you need an extra boost in your morning routine? Are you growing tired of the same old smoothie? Try adding Matcha to your favourite smoothie recipe and enjoy the following benefits! Or better yet, just drink this powerful beverage by itself!
1. Lose Weight!
Green tea contains high amounts of an antioxidant called catechins (including Epigallocatechin Gallate) which contain various health benefits. Because Matcha goes through significantly less of an oxidation process than regular green tea, it contains up to 137 times the catechins! This makes for far more health benefits than plain green tea or other health foods. Dr. Sara Solomon of bodybuilding.com writes that “A 1999 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea extract rich in catechins has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by the tea's caffeine content. It was found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.”
Other studies have indicated that drinking Matcha before physical exertion will increase fat burning to up to 25%!
Add Matcha to your pre-workout smoothie and help your body burn extra fat! Don't exercise? Drinking Matcha in the morning will still increase your body's fat burning potential throughout your regular daily activities!
2. Prevent Heart Disease!
These same catechins also may increase the health of your heart and cardiovascular system! Studies have shown that catechins may lower the risk of coronary heart disease, regulate blood pressure, reduce the risk of clot formation and prevent inflammation in the cardiovascular system! A Japanese study showed that people who drank green tea daily had a 20-30% less chance of having a stroke than those who did not! Greek researchers also discovered that green tea improves healthy blood flow and artery relaxation. The catechins in green tea help the body restrict the digestion of lipids, which include potentially heart harming cholesterol intake.
3. Improve Skin Health!
The catechins found in Matcha may also improve skin health! A study in the Journal of Nutrition found a correlation between catechin intake and skin health. These catechins were found to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, improve the structure of the skin, and increases better blood flow to the skin for overall health.
A German study showed similar positive effects on skin health.
The study wrote:
"Skin structural characteristics that were positively affected included elasticity, roughness, scaling, density, and water homeostasis. Intake of the green tea polyphenol beverage for 12 weeks increased blood flow and oxygen delivery to the skin. Regular consumption of a beverage rich in tea flavanols contributed photo-protection against harmful UV radiation and helped maintain skin structure and function."
What are you waiting for?! Increase your skin’s health, your heart’s health and your weight loss by putting the powerful antioxidants found in Matcha into your body! Add it to your favourite smoothie recipe or wait for next week's blog where we'll show you how to make a special Matcha smoothie.