A finely ground green tea, matcha has a centuries-long history in Japan. Reportedly brought to the country in 1191 by a Chinese monk, it’s believed that both Japanese Samurai warriors and Zen Buddhist monks used matcha because of its equally energizing and calming properties.
The combination of natural caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine (which helps induce a sense of calmness and focus), makes matcha a great alternative to coffee – but what about the claims that it can help with weight loss?
Matcha and Weight Loss
A small study done in 2005 showed that daily consumption of green tea can be connected to a lowered BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference. Researchers believe this connection is mostly due to catechins, antioxidants found in green tea that may work with metabolism.
Another study published in 2014 found that green tea supplementation helped reduce oxidative stress caused by exercise, meaning that it’s possible green tea can help ease activity-based soreness, getting you back into the gym faster (and therefore helping with weight loss).
Yet a third study found that Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a specific type of catechin in green tea, helped ease chronic fatigue in mice.
So is there evidence that green tea can help us on our weight loss journeys? There’s definitely evidence! When consumed along with a healthy diet and adequate physical activity, matcha can certainly help with inflammation, appetite, and mood – all of which need to work in harmony for sustained weight loss.
Matcha’s Other Health Benefits
While more research has to be done on matcha’s connection to weight loss, it’s been proven over and over again that this green tea is fantastic for the immune system and for fighting against certain types of cancer.
Catechins fight against oxidative stress and free radicals, which means they’re one of our best natural defenses against cancer and other degenerative diseases. And because matcha has a higher concentration of catechins than other traditional bagged green teas, it’s a doubly great choice.
Green tea (and other forms of caffeine) may also help protect against diabetes, and because matcha has the added calming benefit of L-theanine, having a second cup will most certainly produce less jitteriness and sleep issues than a second latte.
Matcha and GreenBlender
Many of our smoothie recipes include matcha (Cucumber Matcha Cooler, Matcha Protein, and Chocolate Matcha Latte are just the tip of the iceberg!), and are all designed to actually help you enjoy eating healthy! Interested? Learn more about our smoothie boxes.