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7 Benefits of Matcha You Probably Haven’t Heard

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If you love matcha as much as we do then you’re probably know about its benefits. It’s extremely high in antioxidants, which is great for your immune health. It contains theophylline, a different form of caffeine than what’s found in coffee, which has the ability to boost energy levels naturally without unwanted side effects. And the EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) in matcha offers heart health benefits(1). And how can we forget its rich, earthy flavor that pairs so well in a variety of sweet and savory recipes? But there are even more benefits matcha green tea has to offer that you probably haven’t heard of — and we’re excited to tell you all about them!

Contains Antimicrobial Properties

According to this study(2), the EGCG found in matcha has the ability to help the body fend off certain viral, fungal, and bacterial infections including several strains of the flu, the herpes virus, staph bacteria, hepatitis B and even candida. Wow! Adding matcha green tea to your daily health regime could be totally worth it for this reason alone. Especially during the winter months when our immune systems are on constant high-alert.

Supports Healthy Brain Function

Matcha green tea contains a brain and mood supportive amino acid called L-theanine. This is good news for your brain health is that L-theanine can help to promote a healthy release of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and GABA. All of which can not only help with focus, concentration and memorization skills but can also improve your mood(3)(4). Adding a dose of Matcha Powder to your protein smoothie in the morning could be just the thing to help get you through a long and intense workday!

Protects Kidneys & Liver

Matcha has been studied and shown to keep glucose, triglyceride, and total cholesterol levels in the kidney and liver in check. In 2009, the Journal of Medicinal Food published a study in evidence to support this fact(5). So maybe add a tablespoon of matcha to your morning oatmeal or green drink to keep your liver and kidneys in tip-top shape!

Helps Maintain Eye Health

Matcha green tea has the ability to enhance the bioavailability of catechins for improved eye health. Catechins are a family of disease-fighting flavonoids and antioxidants that are highly prevalent in matcha. Certain catechins are supportive of ocular tissues. It can help prevent age-related eye conditions such as cataracts(6), glaucoma, and blindness. This is a fantastic reason to add matcha green tea to your regular health routine. Protect your peepers!

Has a Calming Effect

This goes back to our friend L-theanine. This amino acid has the ability to promote relaxation and sense of calmness because it increases alpha brain waves(7). Matcha green tea contains high levels of L-theanine, which as stated above, not only promotes enhanced mental clarity and focus but also a relaxed state of mind. Make sure not to confuse this feeling with sleepiness or tiredness. Instead, it allows you to focus on the task or activity at hand, whatever that might be (i.e. yoga, meditation, studying, and even running or surfing) without feeling sedated or lethargic.

Natural Detoxifier

That beautiful earthy green color of matcha comes from the high amount of natural chlorophyll found in the tea leaves. Chlorophyll is known for its detoxifying properties and ability to boost alkaline levels in the body, among other things. One of our favorite ways to get in our daily dose of alkalizing matcha is with a Matcha Green Tea Latte made with almond or coconut milk.

Aids in Healthy GI Tract

Last but not least, did you know that matcha can actually help to support a healthy GI tract? Yep! It can also help to cleanse your bowels of unwanted chemicals and toxins while also promoting regularity(8).

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Sources:  

(1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23754277?&utm_medium=9590  (2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23072320?&utm_medium=9590  (3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17182482  (4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16493792\  (5) https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2008.1282?utm_medium=9590&  (6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12297700  (7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296328  (8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9194336?&utm_medium=9590


Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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