The fat burning, disease preventing qualities of the matcha green tea powder qualify it for superfood status.
Increase your energy, lose some weight and fight illness with just half a teaspoon of matcha a day. If the claims seem too good to be true, there’s compelling scientific evidence behind the health benefits of this powdered green tea.
Leaf tea is steeped in boiling water, so much of its goodness is discarded when the leaves or teabag are thrown away. But matcha is green tea ground into a powder, and consumed in its entirety. The result is a drink that’s exceptionally high in antioxidants, which fight the free radicals that lead to most chronic diseases including cancer.
Matcha has high antioxidant content
A study by the University of Oslo discovered green tea powder to have an antioxidant content of 1347.83mmol/100g, compared for example to 9.4mmol/100g for blueberries, widely billed as a superfood.
As for burning fat, researchers at the University of Birmingham discovered that cyclists who took a green tea extract boosted their fat oxidisation by 17% during a training session. In addition, Dutch researchers discovered that L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, relaxes the mind without enducing drowsiness, yet also boosts mental alertness.