Most of us associate green tea with quiet, peaceful practices. Yogis, monks, Japanese elders and grandmothers worldwide are common culprits but, what about everyone else? Well I’m here to tell you that green tea, especially matcha, offers up a LOAD of additional benefits, from helping prevent cancer, to increasing your gains. Check it out…
First, let’s go over what exactly matcha is. Matcha is a premium and potent green tea, sourced exclusively in Japan. It’s used in recipes and most commonly, drank as tea. What makes it different from other green teas? First, as previously mentioned, it’s grown exclusively in Japan. Other green teas are from all over the world. Secondly, matcha drinkers ingest the entire leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is equivalent to about TEN glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content. Whoa.
So, what are some of the mentioned, amazing benefits and how will it helps my gains? We’re getting there! Here are just SOME of the long list of health and performance benefits associated with Matcha.
- PACKED with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg and catechins
- Thermogenic properties = Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Loaded with chlorophyll
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol
- Controls Type 2 Diabetes – lowering blood sugar and boosting metabolism
But, what about my GAINS?!?! I want PERFORMANCE results!
A study performed in 2013 showed that in addition to Green Tea helping to lose weight, melt fat and promote metabolism we can add the new finding, which says that Green Tea stimulates the production of growth hormone. SAY WHAT? Yes, matcha may indeed enhance the production of human growth hormone HGH, which is necessary for muscle building and gain of muscle mass. BOOM!
In addition to the gains, HGH also reduces the proportion of fat in the body, improves vascular health and helps keep skin supple and beautiful. The increased level of growth hormone is responsible for better mood, better sleep and stronger libido.
Ready to try matcha, yet?