Discover Matcha Tea’s ability to act as an appetite suppressant, a metabolism booster, powerful stress buster and how it has a surprising ability to increase thermogenesis by over 300%!
Read on to learn how match tea works, how it affects your body and most importantly, how to work Matcha tea into your daily diet without causing liver failure…
The Origins of Matcha
In some circles, Matcha is believed to have originated in China by a monk to help with meditation. That’s a myth. The reality is Matcha originated in Japan. It’s been part of the Japanese culture for centuries. Additionally, the growing techniques differ widely in Japan compared to China. The Matcha tea to come out of China is like everything else China does… knock-offs. But, with the addition of danger into their potentially lethal concoctions.
Before you buy Matcha tea, check it’s Japanese because the soil it grows in is different, as is the process, which impacts taste quality and the nutrients you get from the powdered tea. Japanese growers shield the plants from direct sunlight, preventing it from producing too much chlorophyll, which is what contributes to the green in green tea. Additionally, the shade contributes to a higher amount of the amino acid theanine.
The leaves are called tencha in Japan, and it’s those leaves that are then ground into powder form and shipped internationally. It’s that Japanese Matcha powder that we’re talking about in this piece, and not any cheaper Matcha imports from any other country because the potency will be different.
Why Matcha is Perfectly Pairable with Diets for Weight Loss
Among the main reasons dieters are interested in Matcha tea for weight loss is because rumor has it, Matcha serves up a dual benefit of boosting metabolism, and increasing fat burning.
To take things beyond the rumor stage, we’ve researched the nutritional values of Matcha, the actual energy levels per dose and perused the science behind the theory to discover if Matcha tea and weight loss really do work together harmoniously.
The results are astounding and scary…
The Nutritional Properties of Matcha to Support Weight Loss Goals
L-theanine gives you a focused calmness. It helps you feel calm and alert. The sort of feeling that is anti-anxiety – the sort of anxiety and stress levels that cause people to give up on a diet, or pass up their exercise. In addition, l-theanine contributes to managing blood pressure, improving cognition, lifting your mood and giving you more energy owing to its high caffeine content.
There is no recommended dose for l-theanine because clinical studies have been limited. However, in small studies, it has been used in the mental health field to help with generalized anxiety disorders (GAD). Dosages range from 50mg to 200mg within 8 to 10 hours, however, unless you’re trying to relieve anxiety, the 50mg RDA will suffice. Most green teas contain around 4 mg of l-theanine, however, as Matcha is grown in the shade away from direct sunlight, there can be as high as 20 mg per serving of Matcha Tea.
For a higher level of focus and to keep your self-esteem topped up with a positive can-do attitude, Matchas’ L-theanine potency is ideal to keep you focused on your exercise and diet routines.
Metabolism Booster and Powerful Health Protector
One of the largest benefits to come from the unique growing and grinding of Matcha powder is the nutrients it packs into each serving.
Furthermore, in a study into the effects of catechin polyphenols and caffeine, it was found that green tea extract increases thermogenesis from an average 8-10%, up to as high as 35-43%. That’s over a 300% increase in thermogenesis. Keeping in mind that Matcha is among the most nutrient dense green tea extracts because it’s powdered instead of steeped in water, it’s likely Matcha tea will have a higher impact on thermogenesis than most other types of green tea.
Thermogenesis and weight loss are linked because your body is going to burn calories to regulate your body temperature. By using Matcha tea, you can induce thermogenesis post and/or pre-workout to get your body burning more calories.
Rich in Dietary Fiber, Matcha is a Great Appetite Suppressant
Loaded with up to 385 mg of dietary fiber per 2g serving, you can expect to feel fuller for longer after drinking a cup of Matcha tea. The body takes longer to digest high fiber foods, which is why you’ll feel fuller for longer when you eat foods rich in fiber. Drinking Matcha tea has the same effect. Fruits and whole grains are high fiber, and best to work into your diet for weight loss. Alongside Matcha tea, the high fiber consumption will help suppress your appetite. Combine the high fiber with the high amount of l-theamine and stress eating can be combatted too.
It’s not all bells and whistles though…
Possible Side Effects of Too Much Matcha
As Matcha tea is rich in all sorts of nutrients, it’s much like a lot of things… Too much of a good thing will nose dive.
The National Institutes of Health have Green Tea Extracts (which Matcha is) listed as having possible side effects. These include:
- Abdominal discomfort,
- Increased blood pressure
- Liver damage
Regarding liver damage, this is a concern for all dietary supplements containing catechins. A lot of herbal dietary supplements (HDS) contain catechins, yet aren’t disclosed on the label. A study into hepatotoxicity tested 73 herbal dietary supplements, identifying 29 of them as containing green tea extract but didn’t disclose the ingredient on the label.
As a word of caution: Many of the Herbal supplements marketed for weight loss, contain green tea extract as it is helpful for weight loss. But too much is what carries the risk.
In Europe, The European Food Safety Authority issued a statement regarding the safety of supplements containing catechins, which it notes epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) as being an abundant source in green teas. It’s worth noting that Matcha tea has three times the levels of EGCG than regular green teas. The recommendation for dosage from the EFSA advises that dosage shouldn’t exceed 800 mg daily. This is relating to green tea extract and all catechins you consume throughout the day.
To add that, Consumer Labs tested a number of green teas and Matcha supplements. Their findings showed regular green tea having catechin content between 25 and 86 mg per serving but as high as 109 mg per serving of Matcha tea.
Catechins will be in your diet too as they’re in most fruits. Other foods high in catechins include chocolate, wine and nuts.
Matcha tea is good for weight loss, but don’t drink much of it. Ideally, fill up on one cup in the morning, and no more than two in a day. As it’s rich in dietary fiber and caffeine content, it’s an ideal cuppa to start your day with, helping suppress appetite after breakfast, seeing you through ‘til lunch without snacking.
As you should only be consuming one to two cups per day of Matcha tea, it’s well worth investing in quality brands that don’t skimp on the process so you know drinking a cup of goodness for your health that’s free from pesticides, and loaded with all the good stuff to support your weight loss goals.