1. Helps to boost performance.
Tea, like many plant-based foods, is a functional food. A functional food contains essential nutrients like carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Matcha contains catechins (disease-fighting antioxidants) like epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), and studies have shown increases in performance using EGCG caused by an increase in fat use. In one human study, short-term consumption (945 mg over 48 hours) of EGCG has been shown to increase maximal oxygen consumption without changes in cardiac output, hinting a greater ability of muscle to extract oxygen (Richards, 2010).
2. Keeps you alert.
Tea has the ability to act as a stimulant due to naturally occurring caffeine. Caffeine is also a performance enhancer due to its ability to mobilize free fatty acids, improve alertness, and enhance glycogen resynthesis.
3. Reduces stress.
Tea can act as a mood stabilizer. The presence of the amino acid L-theanine works synergistically with caffeine to improve focus.
4. Boosts immunity.
The phytonutrient count in Matcha is unreal, which helps with immune function. Matcha's phytonutrients have an array of attributes including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-hypertensive, anti-microbial, neuroprotective, DNA protective (Ho, 2014), cholesterol lowering, and thermogenic or metabolism increasing properties. Furthermore, In one study, an acute dose of green tea catechins (22 mg per kg of body weight) immediately after exercise in Tae Kwon did show improvements in immune function (Lin, 2014). All of these ingredients and nutrients are essential for an athlete to perform at their best.
INCREASES FAT OXIDATION
In a study published by the National Institute of Health, green tea was shown to increase fat oxidation by an average of 17%, showing that the tea actually selectively increases the burning of fat and utilizing it as an energy source for the body. This works because the main antioxidant in the tea helps inhibit an enzyme which in turn signals fat cells to break down.
INCREASES ENDURANCE DURING EXERCISES
Green tea is proven to also increase endurance during exercises.
In a study with mice, running time to exhaustion was increased by a whopping 30% in those that were fed green tea extract. Researches concluded that this was unsurprisingly tied in with the two benefits mentioned previously - the increase in metabolism and the body’s increased use of fat as an energy source allowed the test subjects to last longer during the exercise. Imagine having a longer and better workout just by drinking tea!