Green tea antioxidants
Antioxidants contained in the tea plant Camellia sinesis are the key to cancer protection attributes of Matcha tea. Antioxidants are substances that fight against free radicals which can damage the cellular levels of human body and trigger vulnerability to diseases like cancer or heart diseases. Matcha tea contains antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3 gallat or EGCG. EGCGs as the most abundant catechins (natural antioxidants) in Matcha tea are potent antioxidants which have therapeutic application in treatment of brain, prostate, cervical and bladder cancer.
Matcha tea and cancer – research
Researchers have known for many years that the chances of prostate cancer are considerably lower in Asian countries, where the consumption of green tea is higher compared to the rest of the world.
A study from 1997 by Universityof Kansasalso determined that the EGCG found in green tea is twice as powerful as resveratrol, which is known for its ability to kill cancer cells. The EGCG as a highly potent antioxidant in Matcha tea also has anti-ageing qualities.
The study conducted by National Cancer Institute confirmed that green tea contains natural antioxidants – catechins – which are link to cancer prevention. Further epidemiologic studies indicated that polyphenolic compounds contained in green tea may reduce risk variety of diseases, including cancer and coronary heart disease. Although some of these studies were inconsistent, this was due to variability in tea preparation, tea consumption and bioavailability of tea compounds.
Matcha green tea delivers a unique blend of health benefits, so if you are already a keen green tea consumer, you have another reason to upgrade to Matcha tea.