Healthy ingredients in green tea
Catechins (also known as tea polyphenols) are secondary plant compounds that belong to the flavonoids and act as antioxidants (read more under “Antioxidants“). There is a whole group of catechins, the most important is probably epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Catechins are present as bitter substances in all 5 major tea varieties, which all come from the same tea plant Camellia sinensis. However, the bioavailable content varies greatly and depends on various factors. The teas go through various stages of fermentation . The more complete the fermentation process, the greater the influence on the catechins. Since in the production of green tea the fermentation is stopped immediately after cutting, the catechins can be found here in high concentrations. During the fermentation process, the catechins lose their biological effectiveness. Those who want to benefit from the antioxidant effect of the catechins should therefore opt for green tea
Matcha has a health-promoting effect thanks to catechins
Matcha (Japanese for “ground tea”) is the highest form of green tea enjoyment. The green tea is carefully ground in granite mills, the varieties used are very select and must meet special guidelines. The finished Matcha powder is stirred with only a little hot water and then whisked with special bamboo whisks. Only then is more water added and the healthy drink can be enjoyed. Regularly drinking green tea and matcha or taking green tea or matcha extracts has a health-promoting effect. This has been proven by numerous studies. The main positive effect can be attributed to epigallocatechin gallate (= EGCG). It is a potent antioxidant and has a soothing effect on numerous complaints and diseases. Green tea and matcha accelerate the metabolism; even without additional exercise, the body burns more calories. It also helps to correct the blood sugar level downwards, so that belly fat can be reduced. Therefore, green tea can also support weight loss!