Views:3 Author:Golden Horizon Biologics Publish Time: 2016-09-08 Origin:Golden Horizon Biologics
When it comes to improving your health through your diet, matcha green tea is the drink of the moment. The tipple is fast becoming the ultimate must-have morning cuppa for health-conscious celebrities and nutritionists. And all for good reason. Green tea – and matcha tea in particular – has been shown to have health benefits that go above and beyond those of regular tea or coffee.
ANTI-AGEING: MEMORY AND BRAIN HEALTH
Want to stay ‘on the ball’ as you get older? Well, drinking green tea could help here too. Studies have suggested that catechins in green tea can reach the brain and help protect the neurons (nerve cells), and reduce decline in brain function. Green tea may specifically help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, one of the primary causes of memory loss.
Studies also suggest that L-theanine, the‘relaxing’ amino acid in green and matcha tea, may have benefits for memory. To get technical for a moment, it’s been reported that the catechins in green tea can help prevent the build-up of amyloid plaques, and also help reduce accumulation of phosphorylated tau proteins. These are two of the processes that occur in Alzheimer’s disease and lead to decline in memory and cognitive function (thinking, reasoning, learning, etc.). And it may be not only the catechins at work in protecting our memory. Studies also suggest that L-theanine, the ‘relaxing’ amino acid in green and matcha tea, may have benefits for memory and reducing decline in cognitive function as we get older.
BOOSTING METABOLISM AND WEIGHT LOSS
If you’re trying to slim down, green tea could also be your new best friend. Research has found that green tea in particular may be helpful for supporting metabolism and weight management. For example, in a study carried out with 35 obese men and women, it was found that those who drank four cups of green tea daily for two months lost significantly more weight than those who consumed a placebo.
A HEALTHY MOUTH AND FRESH BREATH
Want a healthier mouth? This amazing drink has shown promise to help keep our teeth and gums healthy, and reduce bad breath. Among the specific research findings, green tea has been shown to have potent anti-bacterial activity against several of the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay.
RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
The primary health-boosting quality of green tea is undoubtedly its content of antioxidants. These include a type of flavonols called catechins, of which the most abundant is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Catechins have been found to have anti-inflammatory activity, anti-cancer and anti-ageing properties amongst others (we’ll have a closer look at some of these benefits below).