TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA â Matchaâs popularity has soared among the millennials due to its attractive green color. Not only as a drink, but matcha has become a popular ingredient for beverages and desserts.
Matcha is a processed green tea. The tea leaves are covered for 20 to 30 days before being harvested. The purpose is to protect the leaves from the sunlight, which then causes the leaves to have a darker color due to the increasing golongan of amino acid in the chlorophyll.
Matcha contains antioxidant, polyphenol, caffeine, and L-Theanine, which are proven to be beneficial for our health. Quoting from Liputang 6, here are the health benefits of matcha.
1. Matcha helps you lose weight
The first health benefit of matcha is to help you lose weight. Matcha contains high level of catechins that can regulate your appetite.
Catechin can slow down the process of fat formation from glucose and decrease the blood sugar level. When the blood sugar level is stable, you will not feel hungry.
Matcha also contains antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate or ECGC that can improve your metabolism.
This substance can also help you reach your ideal bodyweight.
2. Matcha Improves Your Concentration and Memory
Matcha also contains a higher level of caffeine than green tea, which is very good to improve your concentration. Besides, caffeine can improve your cognitive skills, improve your memory, and maintain your energy.
However, keep in mind that you should not consume caffeine before you sleep because it can make it hard for you to fall asleep. Besides, the maximum daily intake of caffeine is around 300 â 400 mg.
3. Matcha Lowers the Risk of Cancer
The antioxidant found in matcha, especially Epigallocatechin 3 gallate, can lower the risk of cancer. Besides, the catechin can improve the performance of detoxification enzymes.
Other enzymes, such as glutathione S-transferase and Quinone reductase are also proven to be effective in preventing the tumor growth. Based on a certain research, the polyphenols found in Matcha can lower the cancer cells growth and even kill the cancer cells.
4. Matcha Helps Maintain Dental Health
Drinking a cup of matcha daily can help you maintain your dental health, as Matcha can maintain the pH level inside mouth.
Besides, the fluoride in Matcha can maintain your dental health.
5. Matcha Reduces Inflammations
Polyphenol, the antioxidant found in matcha, is proven to be effective in reducing joint inflammation. This also can help prevent the cartilage damage that may lead to joint inflammatory.
Those health benefits can be obtained optimally if you consume matcha regularly, and it is better if you do not put any sugar into your matcha drink. (*)