MATCHA AND WEIGHTLOSS
People are constantly on the lookout for natural ways to improve their overall well-being. You may be trying to lose weight for a New Year’s resolution, or any other reason. If you’re already convinced of the benefits of green tea, then you’ll love what matcha has to offer. Matcha has the ability to boost immunity, control your stress and assist with weight loss all from one simple drink.
One of the amazing benefits of Matcha Green Tea is its ability to gently support weight loss. According to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Researchers concluded that green tea may play a role in the control of body composition because of its high catechin polyphenol content and thermogenic properties.
Replacing matcha for coffee may benefit the body in many ways. Coffee can play with your blood sugar, leading to weight gain, especially during the winter months when we crave more warming drinks. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that participants who drank catechin-rich green tea daily dropped almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn't.
Since matcha tea has both regular caffeine and also the amino acid theanine, it produces a relaxed but alert mental state, boosting alpha waves in the brain. These alpha waves provide a pleasant clarity, so your energy boost is sustained over time.
Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrated that green tea with caffeine significantly lowered body mass index (BMI), body weight and weight circumference compared to caffeine-free green tea. This is because the decaffeination process significantly reduces the amount of the flavanols and antioxidants that can assist with weight management.
Matcha is an excellent source of the polyphenol, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is a plant-based compound with powerful antioxidant properties. Matcha contains significantly higher levels of EGCG than regular green tea, increasing its metabolism boosting and thermogenic effects in the body.
According to a recent review published in Molecules, EGCG has been shown to have beneficial effects against obesity. This is because EGCG has been found to have the highest biological activity among green tea molecules.
More specifically, in a randomized, double-blind trial, 115 women with central obesity were randomly assigned to either a high-dose green tea extract group or a placebo group. Those treated with a high dose of green tea extract for 12 weeks resulted in significant weight loss, reduced waist circumference, and decreased plasma levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein.
It is important to note matcha is not a replacement for an unhealthy diet, however it is a natural way to raise your metabolism and gently support weight loss.
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