Matcha tea is becoming more and more popular with people today. Many coffee shops and restaurants have now started serving this healthy green-powdered tea. But what makes this green colored tea so popular and what are the health benefits of Matcha tea? In this article, I will show you eight health benefits of Matcha tea and why you should start to drink this wonderful drink.
1. It boosts your memory
Half a teaspoon of Matcha tea contains 35mg of caffeine, which is significantly more than any other tea. Many studies have linked caffeine consumption with improvements in brain function. Citing increased attention, faster reaction times and improved memory. The L-theanine contained in Matcha tea helps to prevent the energy crash people often experience after consuming caffeine. This amino acid also slows down the absorption of caffeine, resulting in a longer-lasting energy boost.
A study compared the performance of people consuming green tea with people who took a placebo and found that the people who consumed green tea achieved better results. There were significant improvements in tasks measuring basic attention abilities and psychomotor speed in response to stimuli over a defined period of time. Another study also found that the memory of elderly people improved significantly when given a daily dose of green tea.
2. It is good for your heart
Green tea has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. Matcha has a similar nutrient profile and is also associated with reducing the levels of the so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Triglycerides are fats that are stored in your blood. When you don’t immediately use the calories you consume, they are stored in your fat cells and used when you need an energy boost. Too many triglycerides can clog your arteries. Since Matcha tea reduces levels of Triglycerides, the chances of clogged arteries and cardiovascular disease are reduced.
3. Matcha is good for your liver
Multiple studies have proven the effects of Matcha tea on the organs of both humans and rats. In one of these studies, people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were given green tea extract daily for 90 days. Afterwards, liver enzymes were reduced significantly. Another fifteen studies found a correlation between drinking green tea and a decreased risk of liver disease.
4. It is high in antioxidants
Matcha tea contains 137 times more Catechins than regular green tea. These Catechins are a part of plants that act as natural antioxidants. Antioxidants are an essential factor in our daily diets as they protect us from cell damage and chronic diseases. Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. To put it simply, the more antioxidants that you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.
5. Matcha may prevent cancer
While this has not been tested on humans, it was very successful when tested with rats in multiple studies. Matcha tea is high in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). This is also a type of Catechin which helps protect against cancer cells. Multiple studies have found that EGCG is very effective against prostate, skin, lung, and liver cancer. Another study found that green tea extracts decreased tumor size and slowed the growth of breast cancer cells in rats. Matcha tea contains a high level of green tea extracts, as it is a more concentrated type of tea.
6. It helps you to lose weight
Many weight loss supplements contain some sort of green tea extract. This is because green tea speeds up the metabolism and helps your digestive tract function properly.
A study found that consuming green tea extracts with moderate exercise helped to increase fat burning by 17%. Another eleven studies have show that green tea has been proven to reduce body weight and maintain weight loss. You should always have a healthy diet, but by adding Matcha tea to your daily routine, you can significantly improve your weight loss journey.
7. It contains many essential nutrients
Matcha tea is a wonderful low-calorie source of many vitamins. Matcha powder contains vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fibers. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which also boosts your vision, immune system, and promotes a healthy reproductive system. Vitamin C helps to repair body tissue, including the maintenance of bones and cartilage. Potassium decreases your blood pressure and stops the accumulation of too many fluids. Lastly, fibers are essential for your digestive tract as they improve your stool and help to collect crucial nutrients from your digested foods. All of these properties make Matcha tea a very healthy drink to consume.
8. Matcha is very versatile
The traditional way of making Matcha tea is by adding two grams of powder to a cup. Then add 2 to 4 ounces of hot water (depending on how strong you want the flavor to be) and then stir it with a special bamboo whisk. I actually use an Nespresso Aeroccino to heat up and whisk a foamy Matcha tea in the morning. It is such a versatile and healthy ingredient. You can also add Matcha to a latte, make it into a pudding, pancakes, or add some Matcha powder to your morning smoothie for an extra healthy boost.
Matcha tea is an excellent source of nutrients, has many health benefits and it also tastes great! Its versatility also makes it easy to combine it to recipes and helps to energize you before starting your day. Make sure that when you buy Matcha powder, it is of a high quality so that you will reap all of the benefits.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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