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Matcha and green tea preparations

You have probably heard of the great benefits of Green Tea and matcha.  But what is the difference between them and are the health benefits different.  I will try to clarify this for you. My first reference website is epicmatcha.com

https://epicmatcha.com/matcha-tea-powder-s-green-tea-whats-the-difference/ 

On this website, it mentions that green tea and matcha are from the same plant. However, matcha is processed differently.  “Only the finest green tea leaves are used to make matcha tea powder and they are always harvested by hand. The stems and veins are removed from the eaves, which are then stone-ground into matcha powder.”

“Standard green tea is made from steeping parts of the leaves in hot water.”

Matcha powder is a  brighter green than green tea.  This is because of the higher concentration of chlorophyll.   The matcha powder tends to have a smoother velvety texture compared to the courser more gritty feel of green tea.

Matcha tea tends to be less bitter than green tea.  It also has more nutrients partly due to the processing method and partly due to the way they are prepared.  Matcha is best prepared when mixed with water under 175ºF or 79ºC. Green Tea is prepared by steeping it in boiling water of 212ºF or 100ºC.  The difference in preparation contributes to many nutrients being destroyed from the boiling water.

Matcha has 137 more antioxidants than green tea.

On the HealthLine website, they list 10 benefits of green tea.  I will quote their summary in each section. If you want to read more detail you can go to the website. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea

Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health

Summary

”Green tea is loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, including a catechin called EGCG. These antioxidants can have various beneficial effects on health.”

Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

Summary 

“Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.”

Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

Summary

“Green tea has been shown to boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning in the short term, although not all studies agree.”

Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Some Types of Cancer

Summary

“Green tea has powerful antioxidants that may protect against cancer. Multiple studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of various types of cancer.”

Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Summary

“The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on the brain. They may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.”

Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

Summary

“The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and reduced bad breath.”

Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Summary

“Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

 Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Summary

“Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.”

Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Obesity

Summary

“Some studies show that green tea leads to increased weight loss. It may be particularly effective at reducing the dangerous abdominal fat.”

Green Tea May Help You Live Longer

Summary

“Studies show that green tea drinkers are likely to live longer than non-tea drinkers.”

From the website matchasource.com https://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/

You will find a list of the many benefits of Matcha.

“Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…

  • Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Prevents disease
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

Matcha tea is an easy and simple way to add powerful health benefits to your everyday diet.”

“AN ANTIOXIDANT POWERHOUSE

One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega-dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than

 any other superfood.”

“Why is matcha tea considered an antioxidant powerhouse?

One of the biggest buzz words in nutrition, antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Nowadays, a variety of fruits and vegetables are lauded for their antioxidant properties, leading to a host of products with all kinds of claims. But matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Firstly, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research. Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matchas ORAC rating is a mighty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units.”

Latest Research into Matcha Tea  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190709110228.htm

This latest research from the Kumamoto University dated July 9, 2019, states that Matcha Tea can reduce anxiety.  This effect is due to the matcha powder activating the Dopamine D1 and Serotonin 5-HT. Both of these have a calming effect and are known to reduce anxiety.  It was noted that further research is required.

Possible Risks 

On the website Medical news today I found possible Risks of Green Tea and Matcha Tea as they come from the same plant.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305289.php

“Matcha has not been studied extensively, so it is unclear exactly what the benefits or risks might be.

In one study, high consumption of green tea was linked to reproductive problems in fruit flies. It is unclear whether this could have the same effect on humans, however.

Concerns have also been raised about the effect of radiation following the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011. The website Matcha Reviews recommend checking where matcha comes from and what the radiation status is for that area.”

Another link to medical news today shows further possible side effects.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php

Green tea side effects and risks

There are little to no known side effects or contraindications to drinking green tea for adults. However, the following risks or complications should be made clear:

  • Caffeine sensitivity - those with severe caffeine sensitivities could experience insomnia, anxiety, irritability, nausea, or upset stomach.
  • Blood thinners - those taking blood thinners (anticoagulant drugs) such as Coumadin/warfarin should drink green tea with caution due to its vitamin K content. It's also recommended to avoid green tea and aspirin because they both reduce the clotting effectiveness of platelets.
  • Other stimulants - if taken with stimulant drugs, green tea could increase blood pressure and heart rate.

Green tea supplements contain high levels of active substances that can trigger side effects and interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications.

Green tea supplements are unregulated by the FDA and may also contain other substances unsafe for health or with unproven health benefits. Always check with a doctor before starting any herb or supplement regimen.

In particular, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with heart problems or high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems, stomach ulcers, or anxiety disorders should not take green tea supplements or extracts.

Remember to consult with your Dr. if you have any potential side effects before starting Green Tea or matcha tea.  Do not stop taking any medications without talking with your Dr. and pharmacist.

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