Health benefits of premium matcha
April 7, 2009 11:31 PM Subscribe
Is premium matcha really healthier than other green teas?
I have seen lots of research about the health benefits of green tea, which is why I drink so much of it (apart from it being delicious). Recently, I've seen a lot of claims that matcha (specifically premium matcha) is healthier, but I am getting quite frustrated because I can't find any research on it. Everyone I see who talks about it in detail is selling it.
The arguments seem to be that it is lower in fluoride, contains more nutrients, and that you get more of the nutrients because you consume the whole leaf. I don't understand why it would be lower in fluoride, I haven't seen any research showing there are more nutrients, and I thought all the nutrients seeped out into the water when we drink regular tea anyway. And why is the premium healthier? I understand that it tastes better, but why is it healthier?
I did try some matcha that I got for Christmas, and it definitely made me feel wonderful. I had a sense of well-being throughout the day, felt more clear-headed, and I was even a great deal more positive and optimistic than I have ever been and it seemed to temporarily cure my depression. I just want to know if that was placebo or not. Premium matcha is extremely expensive, but if these claims are true, then it would certainly be worth it.
There is one last piece of the puzzle and I'm wondering if it is relevant. Green tea usually gives me an energy kick, so I often have it right before exercising. Matcha didn't do that for me. I had more energy throughout the day, but no quick boost after drinking it. More placebo or insight into how it works in the body and possible health benefits?