Le 10 juin 2015, 05:54 dans Humeurs • 0
Matcha literally means “powdered tea.”Made from the nutrient-rich young leaves picked from the tips of shade-grown Camellia sinensis plants, Matcha Green Tea is steamed, stemmed, and de-vined before being stone-ground into very fine powder. Matcha Green Tea powder is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its brilliant green color and antioxidant properties. Regular steeped green tea is considered healthy because the leaves contain antioxidants, but water can only extract a small about of the leaves' nutritional properties. In the case of matcha, one consumes the entire leaf, making it exponentially more healthful.
Tea originates from leaves, which get their color from a substance called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps eliminate heavy metals and toxins from the body . Unlike teas where the leaves are discarded once the tea is made, matcha green tea is made from the powder, which is consumed along with the tea. Consumption of the green tea powder containing the chlorophyll imbues the tea with detoxifying properties. Chlorophyll also helps balance pH levels in the blood and contains antibacterial properties.
L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”In this state of mind, calmness occurs along with mental clarity and alertness, but in an overall state of relaxation. L-theanine counteracts caffeine's stimulating effects, and helps lower blood pressure, improve memory, reduce PMS symptoms and reduce stress.
Matcha tea is high in caffeine, but it acts differently than that found in other teas and coffee. The caffeine in Matcha tea attaches to the catechins and is released into the bloodstream slowly as the catechins are broken down. This gives the drinker sustained energy rather than short bursts of intense energy, followed by lows. This, along with the L-theanine, provides a less jarring stimulus from the caffeine.
Fortifies the Immune System
Matcha green tea contains antioxidants, similar to other types of green teas. The levels of antioxidants in matcha green tea are higher than that of spinach and blueberries. Antioxidants help protect cells against free radicals that can destroy cells and tissues and help strengthen the immune system. Catechins are types of antioxidants that are only present in green teas. Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCg, is a catechin known for its strong cancer-fighting properties and makes up 60 percent of the catechins found in matcha green tea.
Drinking Matcha Green Tea has also been shown to increase metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.