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Matcha Tea: Superfood That Boosts Weight Loss

By    |   Sunday, 02 November 2014 05:38 PM

It’s been called “the champagne of green teas” by Dr. Mehmet Oz and other holistic experts because it surpasses even highly touted regular green tea in its antioxidant content and nutrient density.
Although it’s been consumed in Japan for over a thousand years, matcha tea is just now making its mark in North America as its powerful anti-aging properties become known.
“Cutting-edge health enthusiasts are making matcha tea part of their daily regimen,” says Dr. Tom Cutler, a biochemist who developed a proprietary formula for matcha tea for a company called Unicity.
Andrew Weil, M.D., the well-known holistic practitioner and naturopath, has enthusiastically endorsed matcha as “a precious jewel-green powder that is the focus of the Japanese tea ceremony and has a long association with Zen Buddhism. It is a unique, beautiful, and richly flavored drink that gives most people a feeling of well-being,”
Matcha (pronounced MAH-cha) is a special type of green tea grown in the shady hills of Japan. Growers pick only the most tender and greenest of the leaves from the tea bushes and then grind them by hand into a fine powder.
Matcha tea is not prepared by brewing or steeping, like other teas. Instead, hot water is added to matcha tea powder and the drinker consumes the ground matcha leaves along with the liquid.
When buying matcha at health food stores or Asian markets look for a vibrant green color. “The greener the color, the higher the grade of matcha,” Dr. Cutler tells Newsmax Health.
In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins, matcha is rich in catechin polyphenols, compounds with high antioxidant activity, notes Dr. Weil.
These compounds offer protection against many forms of cancer, help prevent heart disease and slow the aging process. They also reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, help reduce high blood pressure, and enhance the immune system. The most important polyphenol in matcha is a substance called EGCC (epigallo-catechin gallate), which is a powerful cancer fighter.
Researchers at the University of Colorado found that EGCC concentration in matcha is 137 times greater than in regular green tea.
Experts at Tuft’s University discovered that matcha has 20 times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries, both considered “superfoods.”
Dr. Cutler says that one of the most valued benefits that people get from drinking matcha is the feeling of being “focused but calm.”
“This comes from a unique amino acid produced by the matcha plant (Camellia sinesis) called L-theanine,” he said. “What makes L-theanine so intriguing is that it is readily absorbed in the intestinal tract and crosses into through the blood-barrier quickly.”
Studies have shown that L-theanine stimulates the production of alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves lead to an alert, yet calm state.
The calming effect of the tea is experienced within 15-30 minutes, Dr. Cutler says. Some pediatricians use matcha to treat patients with ADHD.
Matcha tea also helps people lose weight. “My wife switched from drinking Diet Coke to matcha and lost 15 pounds,” says Dr. Cutler. “It also helped alleviate her migraines.”
Dr. Oz explains that matcha helps people lose weight by working as a fat blocker. “It binds with fat cells and doesn’t allow them to enter your body,” he explains. “So the fat just runs through your intestinal tract.”
He also points out that matcha, because of its rich green color, contains chlorophyll, which detoxifies organs.
Matcha is being made into other products including matcha oil, says Dr. Cutler, which is applied topically and is said reduce scar tissue and stretch marks.
Matcha tea has no known side effects, but it does contain caffeine and may make some caffeine-sensitive people jittery.
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