From tea to pastries, matcha is so hot right now: not only does it taste rich and earthy, but also is packed with amazing health benefits. Keep reading to find out why matcha is amazing.
Having the same color, green tea and matcha come from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. These plant siblings are grown differently from each other. Green tea is grown in the sunlight, while matcha is grown under the shade. While green tea leaves are soaked in hot water and taken out before consumption, matcha powder contains ground leaves, so you are drinking the actual tea leaves, making it more concentrated compared to green tea.
Top 10 Reasons We Love Matcha
Matcha is rich in antioxidants.
Matcha is known for its vitamins, minerals, all-natural plant compounds, and high concentration of antioxidants, including catechins. Antioxidants slow down cell damage due to free radicals. Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and lower your risk of chronic diseases.
Matcha fights inflammation
Inflammation happens when our body fights off and protects us from outside invaders such as viruses and bacteria. This inflammation comes in two types: acute or short-lived, and chronic which is long-lasting. Neither are good.
Matcha helps with inflammation due to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. Woohoo catechins!
Matcha promotes heart health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and is responsible for one-third of thecause of death of people over 35. Having elevated levels of cholesterol increases one’s risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Drinking matcha can help decrease the risk for heart disease because the catechins are associated with a significant reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, also known as the "bad" cholesterol. Yup, the one that causes heart disease. Those catechins are pretty amazing.
Matcha helps lower blood pressure
Matcha is helpful for those who want to reduce their blood pressure numbers. The catechins in green tea and matcha help relax the muscle that lines the blood vessels, which may lead to lower blood pressure. Matcha is also dubbed as the “alert calm” due to an amino acid L-theanine, that induces relaxation without drowsiness.
Matcha helps with weight management
The green tea extract in matcha helps burn fat and increases our body’s metabolism.
Research reported that when green tea consumption is combined with moderate exercise, it increased fat oxidation, and improved insulin sensitivity, as well as glucose tolerance. Another another study supports that green tea helps with weight loss.
Matcha detoxifies the liver
Fun fact: Our liver is our body’s largest, solid organ. It is one of the hard workers too as it performs more than 500 essential tasks in the body. That’s a lot of essential tasks!
The liver regulates chemical levels in our blood. It excretes a product called bile that helps remove waste and harmful products from the liver. All blood leaving the stomach and intestines goes through the liver.
Multiple studies reported results that green tea consumption is good for the liver. One study reported that matcha green tea consumption significantly decreased liver enzyme levels. This is important because high liver enzyme levels determine signal signs of inflammation or damaged cells in the liver.
Matcha helps boost brain function
Need a healthier coffee alternative to help you stay alert? Try matcha! One study reported that matcha caused improvements ineffects on the speed of attention, and another study showed that matcha consumption among the elderly showed effective improvement in cognitive function and reduced the progression of cognitive dysfunction.
Matcha is good for the skin
Matcha protects us from the inside and the outside. Research shows that the polyphenols in green tea that are photoprotective in nature can help prevent ultraviolet (UV) radiation-induced skin disorders and skin cancers.
Matcha is Good for the Gums
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Do you know that matcha can make you smile not just because it tastes good, but because it is good for your gums? According to research, green tea promotes periodontal health by reducing inflammation, preventing bone resorption, and limiting the growth of certain bacteria associated with periodontal diseases.
Remember to drink green tea through a straw or rinse the mouth with water after drinking to ward off stains.
Matcha may help fight cancer
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US in 2020, according to the center for disease control and prevention. One researchstudy reported that Camellia sinensis L., the leaves that make up matcha, has chemopreventive effects against various tumors, as green tea has many polyphenols, including epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which has antioxidant qualities.
Another study says that matcha green teamay have a significant therapeutic potential for it stops the spread of cancer cells and acts as a natural compound that may help overcome cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy.
More research is needed but these findings are encouraging.
Bonny and Matcha In One
So how can you incorporate more matcha into your life? Say hello to Matcha Magic. A blend of matcha and sweet pear that isn’t bitter like a lot of matchas.
Bonny is all-natural, plant-based, tastes amazing, and makes you go poop. Our custom blend fiber powder with psyllium husk and inulin to help you hit the USDA recommended fiber intake of 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men.
In addition to Matcha Magic, Bonny is available in three other flavors: Amplified Apple Pie, Berry Beauty, and Strawberry Serenity.
As always, wishing you pleasant poops!