Matcha Green Tea!
For a number of years, I have been drinking something that I feel is worth its weight in gold…Matcha Green Tea.
I had read about it in various magazines and sites, and finally journeyed into the health food store to purchase some. One stuck out to me (DoMatcha) because it had a really cool “ancient” looking label. (Yes marketing really does work…lol!) So that is the tea I originally bought and continue to do so…tastes good, is healthy, and looks cool…what more could I ask for?
Matcha Green Tea Finally Allowed Me To Avoid Colds?
I drank it over that winter, and whether it was a coincidence or not I am not sure, but that year was THE year I broke free from getting winter colds! (Amen bothers and sisters!)
The cost of matcha green tea is…well it is not cheap…you get a small container…but it lasted me for a long time because I only added a tiny bit of the powder. And some days (being a financial advisor I try to think of small ways to save money here and there) I would just keep refilling it with hot water as there was still powder in there, and the flavour was always still great! It truly was the gift that just kept on giving.
Matcha green tea is a high-quality green tea that is covered before picking to accentuate the color, then stone-ground after being picked and before being sealed into small tins. Matcha tea can be enjoyed in many ways. I know they say you can just make a paste out of it, or you can drink it as a tea…or I am sure there are other ideas.
Here are some claims that have been made about the health benefits of matcha green tea. I am simply reporting what I have found and I do not support any of these as truth necessarily…use your own judgement.
“A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that matcha green tea extract has unique thermogenic properties that promotes increased fat oxidation” (taken from this website). So basically some people are claiming that drinking matcha green tea could help you burn fat quicker and lose weight.
Other claims are such (and again…I am just reporting what others say may happen)
That matcha green tea is very high in antioxidants, some claiming it could be over 100x more (I guess it depends on who is selling it…lol!)
Theanine (ingredient in matcha green tea), may help to reduce mental stress reactions…and that sounds good to our readers who are planning to participate in the next 21 day health transformation!
And according to the website Miss Olive studies seem to indicate that consuming matcha green tea may potentially help with:
- control high blood pressure
- control cholesterol
- be used as a natural diuretic
- reduce the risk of diabetes
- reduce physical and psychological stress
- improve mood and alertness
- boost the immune system
- reduce bad breath
- prevent tumor growth
- reduce strokes by 21%
- promotes the oxidation of fats
- improves metabolism
- stabilizes insulin
- prevent influenza
- prevent cataracts
- prevent glaucoma
- improves longevity by supporting anti-aging
So wow! With all that how can you not help but go and buy some right now! lol!
Listen, whether or not matcha green tea can actually do any of those things, I cannot tell you with any certainty. All that I can tell you from personal experience is that since I started drinking matcha green tea about 4 years ago, I have been able to escape/fend off/elude colds almost completely (knock on wood). Of course I have also done other things, eaten healthier, exercised, ect…but my intuition tells me that this tea plays a role in it.
Let me know if you have ever tried it or plan to!