Does Matcha Contain Catechins?
A catechin is a type of flavonoid.
Flavonoids are plant chemicals found in nearly all fruits and vegetables.
Along with carotenoids (plant pigments), they're responsible for the vivid colours in fruit and veg.
Catechins are known as antioxidants, which protect the body from dangerous free radicals that are harmful to DNA and cells.
Matcha is packed with these antioxidant catechins.
Most importantly, matcha contains the catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate).
EGCG is promoted for its many health benefits.
According to Julius Goepp, M.D. EGCG may help play a role in reducing the possibility of cancer by intervening with cellular action and growth.
There's a lower incidence of cancer and heart disease in Asian cultures that consume a high amount of green tea (which contains EGCG), even despite engaging in negative behaviours such as smoking.
The EGCG catechin also helps increase the body's ability to burn fat.
This works as the EGCG increases the delivery of stored fat to cells for oxidisation, which increases the percentage of fat burned.
A 1999 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that drinking green tea increased the body's ability to burn calories from 8-10% to 35-43%.
There are few things better for your body than matcha.