6. Improves Memory function
A study provided by the Nation Institute of Health (12) concluded that:
“Our findings provide first evidence for the putative beneficial effect of green tea on cognitive functioning, in particular, on working memory processing at the neural system level by suggesting changes in short-term plasticity of parieto-frontal brain connections.”
7. Boosts Immune Function
The EGCG that matcha contains causes a higher production of regulatory T cells, the immune system’s first line of defense (13).
“Epigenetic regulation can be potentially exploited in generating suppressive regulatory T cells for therapeutic purposes, and is of significant clinical importance for the suppression of autoimmune diseases,” reports Science Daily.
8. Lowers Cholesterol
Research shows that green teas, like matcha, lower total cholesterol and raise HDL (“good”) cholesterol in both animals and people. This contributes towards preventing coronary heart disease (14).
Other studies found that green tea consumption also has an acute beneficial effect on endothelial function, ensuring that that blood vessels relax and contract in an optimal function for proper blood flow (15).
9. Controls Diabetes
Matcha tea has been used traditionally to control blood sugar levels. Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed (16).
Matcha may also help regulate glucose in the body of patients suffering form the disease.
How To Prepare Matcha Tea
If you’ve never had matcha, start with a 1/4 teaspoon of the tea powder and gradually work towards 1/2 teaspoon and eventually 1 teaspoon.
- 1 medium-sized bowl
- a measuring spoon
- a fine-mesh tea filter or strainer
- a Matcha whisk
- Matcha powder
- Boil 1 cup of water to about 180°F.
- Fill you bowl with water to leave for a few minutes.
- Empty the water
- Spoon the Matcha into your strainer and sift to prevent clumps.
- Add about 1/4-1/2 tablesppon of hot water to your powder and whisk to form an evenly diluted paste.
- Add 2-3 ounces of the hot water to your bowl and whisk fast using an “N” or “W” form, being careful not to touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Once you tea is covered in bubbles, lift your whisk to the surface and gently move around to break any big bubbles.
You can also sweeten your tea by diluting 1/2 tablespoon of honey in your hot water before the frothing process.