Are you wondering… Is matcha healthy?
Matcha has skyrocketed in popularity lately, with matcha shots, lattes, teas, and even desserts appearing everywhere from health stores to coffee shops.
Full of antioxidants and other healthful compounds, matcha is made up of finely powdered, young tea leaves. It’s a high-quality type of green tea that has a long list of health benefits that are evidence-based.
Matcha contains the nutrients from the entire tea leaf, which results in a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than typically found in green tea.
Benefits of drinking matcha
Antioxidants: Matcha is high in antioxidants, particularly catechins, which are known to protect against cell damage and may help lower the risk of certain diseases.
L-theanine: Matcha also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that has been shown to promote relaxation, improve mood and reduce stress. It also helps enhance alertness/cognitive function and balance out the potential “crash” effect of the caffeine.
Fiber: Matcha is a good source of fiber, which can aid digestion and promote regular bowel movements.
Vitamins and Minerals: Matcha is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as minerals such as potassium and iron.
Liver Health: Match has been shown to have liver-protective effects and may help reduce liver damage caused by toxins.
Heart Health: Match has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.
Brain Health: One study found that consuming two grams of green tea powder daily for three months improved brain function in older adults.
Weight Management: The polyphenols in matcha can boost metabolism and may help with weight loss.
What else can matcha be used for?
In addition to drinking it as a tea or latte, matcha powder can be used to add flavor and color to foods such as baked goods, ice cream and more. It can also be added to smoothies, juices and energy drinks for a natural energy boost.
Because of its high antioxidant content, matcha powder can be added to face masks, scrubs and other beauty products to help protect skin from damage.
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DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information is for informational purposes and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any illness. Consult a physician before taking any action.
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