Matcha Tea Increases Green Tea’s Power

Green tea has built a reputation for its health-boosting properties, and matcha has become the trendiest form of this beverage.

It’s produced from the same plant as other teas but grown under conditions known to increase its chlorophyll and amino acid content, as well as create a deeper green color.

The leaves are ground into a powder that can be brewed into tea or incorporated into other drinks, baked goods and recipes.

The merits of matcha and traditional green teas are similar but matcha has certain advantages that may benefit some drinkers:

Rich in antioxidants — Due to the shade-growing process and the consumption of the whole leaf, matcha tends to have higher levels of antioxidants, particularly catechins like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This antioxidant is believed to improve heart health, support metabolic health and weight loss and help protect the brain from degeneration.

Provides vitamins and minerals — Along with catechins, matcha contains a wealth of vitamins also considered to be antioxidants, particularly vitamins A and C, and minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium.

Supports detoxification — Matcha is grown in the shade, which increases its chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is believed to help with detoxification by aiding the body in eliminating toxins.

One large 2015 analysis linked consumption of green tea to lower rates of liver disease, including cancer. Another study in 2020 concluded it can benefit people diagnosed with alcoholic fatty liver disease by reducing liver enzymes.

Enhances concentration, alertness — Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and alertness. When combined with the higher level of caffeine in matcha, it can provide a more stable and sustained energy boost compared to other caffeinated beverages.

Some studies suggest that regular consumption of green tea, including matcha, may have neuroprotective effects and could potentially reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Promotes healthy skin — The antioxidants in matcha may contribute to healthier skin by protecting against free radicals and promoting overall skin health. EGCG and other antioxidants fight inflammation throughout the body including the skin, potentially easing conditions like eczema and acne.

A topical product has been shown to fight skin cancer in lab studies on mice, though more study on humans is needed to verify its effectiveness.