• 8 Wonders Of Matcha Green Tea


      by Dr. Sara Solomon P.T., DMD Bodybuilding.com

      If you're not drinking matcha green tea yet, you're behind the times! Get with the program and try this metabolism-enhancing, stress-reducing, immune-boosting, cholesterol-lowering, teenage-mutant-ninja cancer fighter!

      Although people drank green tea in China more than 1,000 years ago, it became an important part of the Japanese culture. They named the tea matcha1. Zen Buddhist monks drank it to remain alert and calm during long hours of meditation2.

      Japanese tea leaves grow in the shade to increase chlorophyll content. These chlorophyll-rich leaves are then handpicked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine green powder3.

      The history and cultivation of the tea is interesting, but what matters most to health enthusiasts is its antioxidant content. One cup of matcha green tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! That's almost exactly the same ratio to the "spider strength" Peter Parker gets when he puts on his suit!

      Fit To A Tea

      6.2 times that of Goji Berries

      7 times that of Dark Chocolate

      17 times that of Wild Blueberries

      60.5 times that of Spinach

      The tea's power is so super because entire leaves3 are dissolved in water rather than steeped in bags. Instead of throwing away the leaves, you ingest all their antioxidant powers.

      Those numbers are off the charts. Matcha green tea possesses antioxidant levels 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60.5 times that of spinach1! Holy St. Francis, Batman!

      And that's not all! Matcha's magnificence makes a long list.

      1/
      Cancer
      Preventer
      Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, which scavenge for dangerous free radicals in the body. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen4.

      A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea1.

      2/
      Anti-
      Ager

      One of the locales in the world where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people's longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea1.

      Matcha green tea is the most popular green tea in Japan, but is rapidly gaining more popularity throughout the world because of its ability to combat inflammation, oxidation and aging.

      3/
      Heart Disease Preventer:
      Lowers LDL "Bad" Cholesterol
      A 2011 study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that administration of green tea beverages or extracts significantly lowered serum total cholesterol and LDL "Evil Emperor Zurg" cholesterol concentrations5.

      4/
      Weight Loss
      Aid
      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 expenditure6.

      Another study demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise4.

      Both studies suggest matcha green tea can enhance both resting metabolic rate and fat burning - can I get an Amen?!

      5/
      Detoxifier
      Matcha is grown in the shade, which is why it is richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. Chlorophyll is the pigment responsible for giving leaves their green color. The Hulk would be proud!

      Chlorophyll is purported to detoxify the body1, but this has yet to be scientifically proven. I wanted to mention it because of its supposed ability to clear the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.

      6/
      Mind
      Improver
      Matcha green tea contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea2. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive properties, capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain.

      Stress is known to induce the brain's beta wave activity, leading to a more agitated state. Alpha wave activity can relieve stress, promote relaxation and even lower blood pressure1.

      Although matcha contains some caffeine, the relaxing properties of L-theanine counterbalance the "jittery" effects of caffeine. Therefore, a cup of matcha green tea promotes concentration and clarity of mind without producing any of the nervous energy typically associated with coffee2.

      7/
      Fiber
      Matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. The benefits of dietary fiber include its ability to ease constipation and stabilize blood sugar levels.

      8/
      Energy
      Booster
      Try a cup of matcha green tea as an afternoon "pick-me-up" anytime you need extra focus. matcha green tea is an ideal substitute for coffee because it provides an energy boost without the headaches1 you might get from a coffee crash.

      Tips To Better Your Matcha Experience

      Matcha green tea is available as a concentrated powder and can be found at health food stores. I recommend organic matcha, because it is produced without any artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

      Do not add matcha green tea powder to boiling water because it will taste "grassy."7 Boil the water and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding the tea.

      It might take some time to get used to matcha's flavor. Give in to the power of the tea!

      References:
      http://living-qi.com
      http://www.matchasource.com/matcha-t...efits-s/14.htm
      www.thenibble.com
      Xin-Xin Zheng, Yan-Lu Xu, et al. Green tea intake lowers fasting serum total and LDL cholesterol in adults: a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials Am J Clin Nutr August 2011.
      Abdul G Dulloo, Claudette Duret, et al. Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 70, No. 6, 1040-1045, December 1999
      http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/3-sur...t-loss-plateau

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      Comments 14 Comments
      1. Spaniard's Avatar
        Spaniard -
        I've been drinking this for a while and love it!!
      1. CopyCat's Avatar
        CopyCat -
        I've had 3 cups today actually.
      1. chedapalooza's Avatar
        chedapalooza -
        Been drinking a cup of green tea every night after dinner .. Gonna switch to this stuff tomorrow!

        Best places to buy??
      1. madds87's Avatar
        madds87 -
        I always saw this stuff but wasnt shure since its alot more expensive...
      1. TShoot's Avatar
        TShoot -
        Anybody know of a good place to buy it that they recommend. I know how to use Google ;-), just looking for recommendations.
      1. Clean Machine's Avatar
        Clean Machine -
        teavana.com or hibiki-an.com , teavana being affordable and hibiki-an being the best quality. dont forget to get a matcha wisk and a strainer or your tea is going to be lumpy and not enjoyable
      1. clarkis's Avatar
        clarkis -
        Would green tea extract pills provide the same properties?
      1. chedapalooza's Avatar
        chedapalooza -
        Originally Posted by clarkis View Post
        Would green tea extract pills provide the same properties?
        Not as matcha
      1. clarkis's Avatar
        clarkis -
        ha, nice play on words. Thanks. What about tablets that say ingredient is green tea leaf?
      1. chedapalooza's Avatar
        chedapalooza -
        Originally Posted by clarkis View Post
        ha, nice play on words. Thanks. What about tablets that say ingredient is green tea leaf?
        Didbt even realize it. No it's the same thing.. Green tea and matcha Is like comparing Malibu rum to 151... U would get some benefits obviously but it's a different product entirely
      1. Vengeance187's Avatar
        Vengeance187 -
        "If you're not drinking matcha green tea yet, you're behind the times!"
        No, if you're not drinking white tea, you're behind the times. White tea has even more EGCG, antioxidants and antibacterial/antiviral effects than green tea. What they don't tell you about the 6.2 times more antioxidants than goji berries or 17 times more than blueberries is that it's by weight. If you ate blueberries, you'd consume 50 times or more the weight than green tea, so you actually get more antioxidants from the berries...
      1. Tea Expert's Avatar
        Tea Expert -
        Originally Posted by Vengeance187 View Post
        "If you're not drinking matcha green tea yet, you're behind the times!"
        No, if you're not drinking white tea, you're behind the times. White tea has even more EGCG, antioxidants and antibacterial/antiviral effects than green tea. What they don't tell you about the 6.2 times more antioxidants than goji berries or 17 times more than blueberries is that it's by weight. If you ate blueberries, you'd consume 50 times or more the weight than green tea, so you actually get more antioxidants from the berries...
        Studies performed by Chen et al showed clearly that WITHERING, which is an essential part of the manufacture of White Tea, causes a DECREASE IN THE ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT of the tea by MORE THAN 50%! Green Tea Manufacture does not involve withering. Studies performed by Weiss et al at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA, showed that Finest Ceremonial Japanese Matcha Green Tea has approximately 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than the average Chinese Green Tea. Antioxidants help protect the body from damaging disease-causing free radicals. Therefore, it makes sense to drink Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea rather than any other tea if you are interested in health promotion. The BEST MATCHA that I have tried is DOCTOR KING Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea, which you can buy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk at a reasonable price with FREE US or FREE UK DELIVERY. I recommend you buy a top quality (grade) ORGANIC matcha. DOCTOR KING Finest Ceremonial ORGANIC Japanese Matcha fits the bill for an excellent quality matcha at a good price! It is cheaper than many other brands such as JING or miracle matcha.

        In my opinion, Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese MATCHA GREEN TEA is the #1 SUPER TEA FOR HEALTH!
      1. Tea Expert's Avatar
        Tea Expert -
        This is a really good blog! There is a question in some people's mind about MATCHA GREEN TEA and whether it is better for them than MATCHA WHITE TEA.

        Studies performed by Chen et al showed clearly that WITHERING, which is an essential part of the manufacture of White Tea, causes a DECREASE IN THE ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT of the tea by MORE THAN 50%! Green Tea Manufacture does not involve withering. Studies performed by Weiss et al at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA, showed that Finest Ceremonial Japanese Matcha Green Tea has approximately 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than the average Chinese Green Tea. According to the National Cancer Institute, EGCG is the MOST POTENT ANTIOXIDANT. NOT ALL ANTIOXIDANTS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Antioxidants help protect the body from damaging disease-causing free radicals. Therefore, it makes sense to drink Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea rather than any other tea if you are interested in health promotion. The BEST MATCHA that I have tried is DOCTOR KING Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea, which you can buy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk at a reasonable price with FREE US or FREE UK DELIVERY. I recommend you buy a top quality (grade) ORGANIC matcha. DOCTOR KING Finest Ceremonial ORGANIC Japanese Matcha fits the bill for an excellent quality matcha at a good price! It is cheaper than many other brands such as JING or miracle matcha.


        In my opinion, Finest Ceremonial Organic Japanese MATCHA GREEN TEA is the #1 SUPER TEA FOR HEALTH!
      1. Vengeance187's Avatar
        Vengeance187 -
        Originally Posted by Tea Expert View Post
        Studies performed by Chen et al showed clearly that WITHERING, which is an essential part of the manufacture of White Tea
        False. I can't find said study because it doesn't exist. White tea is the least processed tea and is the only tea that doesn't go through a withering process(second page of this pdf). You're a damn shill spreading misinformation...

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