Mind and body health benefits
High in antioxidants
Matcha is made from whole green tea leaves, giving it a much higher concentration of antioxidants, polyphenols and L-theanine than regular tea and other foods such as blueberries. One cup of matcha tea has the same amount of antioxidants as up to 10 cups of regular green tea.
Antioxidants are mainly found in plant-based foods, and research suggests that consumption from whole plant foods is more beneficial than supplement pills. There's a number of associated benefits that antioxidants do for your body, including protection against heart disease, cancer, and anti-ageing.
Matcha also contains polyphenols, commonly called EGCG. EGCG (an abbreviation of Epigallocatechin gallate), has been shown in research to boost metabolism, which could help with weight loss.
Benefits for your mind
Matcha contains the amino acid L-Theanine, which can help improve your mood, enhance memory and increase your ability to concentrate.
Tea leaves are the only natural source of this amino acid, which can have positive effects on brain performance and function.
The regular consumption of matcha tea has also been linked to a reduction in cognitive decline from ageing by up to 50 per cent and 86 per cent for persons at risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Goodness for your body
Matcha contains caffeine, but combined with L-theanine, it provides you with a sustained release of energy throughout the day rather than a surge before crashing as coffee tends to do.
Research published in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has also found that matcha tea consumption can help boost metabolism and can increase the body's fat burning rate.
To reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and maintain cardiovascular health, the Heart Foundation recommends that all Australian adults drink green tea as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Other research have also found that consumption of diets rich in plant polyphenols offer protection against development of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.
- Effects of green tea extracts on weight loss, Human Performance Laboratory, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
- Antioxidants in food, drinks and supplements for cardiovascular health, The National Heart Foundation, Australia
- Protections against cancer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Allahabad, India.
- The effects of L-theanine on anxiety, Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory, Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne, University of Technology, Victoria, Australia.
- Caffeine and theanine linked to improved cognitive performance and mood, Unilever Research and Development, Colworth House, Sharnbrook, Bedford, United Kingdom.
- Effects of L-theanine on the mental state, Unilever Food and Health Research Institute, Olivier van Noortlaan 120, Postbus 114, 3130 AC Vlaardingen, The Netherlands.
- Drinking tea could cut the risk of dementia, National University of Singapore.