Antioxidants & Support of the Immune System
In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), matcha tea is loaded with Antioxidants.
Antioxidants are the body's clean crew ! They are the nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. They are also known to increase metabolism, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
Matcha is recognized as one of the highest graded food when it comes to antioxidant concentration.
Matcha is particularly full of catechins, the most potent and beneficial antioxidants. They are linked to fighting diseases such as cancer and heart disease. They also work at sterilizing your mouth and giving you a fresh breath. One specific catechin in matcha is specifically known to boost metabolism. It's called the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
Below is an oxygen radical absorbance capacity comparison between good quality Matcha and other popular antioxidant-rich foods. (On a per gram basis). Matcha is far ahead.
source: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States.