Matcha? It seems like it’s everywhere now. People are drinking it, cooking with it, and even using it for skin care. So what exactly is it?
Matcha is a type of green tea, that has been ground into a fine powder. Like green tea, Matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it’s grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile. Farmers grow matcha by covering their tea plants 20–30 days before harvest to avoid direct sunlight. This increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green hue. Once the tea leaves are harvested, the stems and veins are removed and the leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as matcha. Matcha is rich in catechins, a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants.
Some studies have found that matcha may help protect the health of your liver. One study gave 80 people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease either a placebo or 500 mg of green tea extract daily for 90 days. After 12 weeks, green tea extract significantly reduced liver enzyme levels. Elevated levels of these enzymes are a marker of liver damage. There have been 15 studies which have found that drinking green tea was associated with a decreased risk of liver disease. Research has also shown that consuming 2 grams of matcha green tea powder daily for 2 months can help improve brain function in older people. Matcha has less caffeine than a regular cup of coffee, yet the caffeine benefits of matcha last 2-3 times longer. Another study found that EGCG in matcha has powerful anti-cancer properties, killing prostate, lung and liver cancer. On top of all these studies there have been an additional 11 studies that show green tea helps reduce and maintain body weight. Follow us for more info on tea.
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Full article and research can be found at: Healthline
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