Green tea is increasing in popularity, for those who are health-conscious as well as for people in the know about antioxidants and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Westerners are now learning what people in the East have known for hundreds of years: the powerful, healing powers of green tea.
Green tea is often referred to as "antioxidant tea" or "health tea" and with a long list of health benefits, it's easy to see why. Years of research has found that high vitamin and antioxidant content have made green tea effective in treating stomach disorders, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as calming nerves, raising good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol. Homeopathic rejuvenation methods are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S., and the health benefits of matcha are virtually indisputable.
Researchers have found that the antioxidant in green tea, EGCG, inhibits quinol oxidase or NOX, which is required for growth in both normal cells and cancer cells. Under normal conditions, cells only express NOX when stimulated by hormones. Cancerous cells, however, express NOX all the time. The researchers found that uses of matcha, at certain levels, EGCG inhibited the production of NOX in cancerous cells and not on normal cells. Furthermore, by limiting the growth and development of the cancerous cells, the cancer cells did not grow to the minimum size required minimum to divide and create new duplicate cells.
Because green tea is strongly associated with cancer prevention, one community cancer center offers a recipe for a delicious green tea smoothie. The recipe first calls for soy milk to be boiled over medium heat. Next, steep four green tea bags for approximately three minutes. Remove the bags and place the milk in the refrigerator to cool. Add two chopped peaches, four pitted and chopped dates, and half a sliced banana to the milk and puree in a blender until smooth.
Nutritional information for the finished drink includes 75 calories, 2 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, and only 1.5 grams of fat. This is a simple and delicious way to access the many health benefits of matcha.
TIPS TO BETTER YOUR MATCHA EXPERIENCE
Do not add matcha green tea powder to boiling water because it will taste "grassy." Boil the water and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding 1 Teaspoon of Matcha.
It might take some time to get used to matcha's flavor. Give in to the power of the tea!