Matcha green tea powder is one of nature’s most impressive superfoods. While EGCG catechins and L-theanine amino acid are exclusive* to tea, good quality matcha powder provides natures highest source of them, along with viral inhibiting tannins, and theophylline for respiratory function.
Studies show that matcha’s EGCG catechin (antioxidant polyphenol)
Boosts immune system by inhibiting oxidative stress that can cause immune dysfunction
Fights free radicals that weaken healthy cells and cause disease
May play a role in reducing frequency of cell mutation (1)
Has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties
Boosts metabolism when used regularly
Studies also show that matcha tea’s L-theanine amino acid
Helps the body fight germs
Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol
Increases dopamine, the feel-good hormone
Increases memory retention and recall, cognitive ability
Matcha green tea also naturally contains:
Tannins – studies show that tannic acid can inhibit certain viral replications (2)
Theophylline – a methylxanthine often used for respiratory issues, dilating airways
Vitamin C – helps the body produce antibodies and is an essential nutrient for healthy immune response.
Vitamin E - powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection
Vitamin A - helps strengthen the immune system against infection
Zinc – zinc inhibits oxidative stress that can cause immune dysfunction (3)
Remember not all matcha tea is created equal. Make sure the matcha you buy comes from Japan, is handpicked, stone ground in a facility that adheres to international food safety standards, and tested for heavy metals and radiation.
Keep in mind just because the label says organic does not mean it’s a better matcha. There are many low grade, unpleasant tasting organic matchas on the market with little nutrients left in them.
New to the matcha superfood category is Matcha KiK Performance Chews. No whisking, no fuss, convenient to take anywhere, anytime, and with all the benefits of matcha tea plus added D-ribose for endurance and heart health, and green tea caffeine for energy and mental focus.
*a few rare mushrooms also contain l-theanine in small amounts
1) Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 3842 (2019)
Green tea extract promotes DNA repair in a yeast model
2) Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2005 Jun; 2(2): 209–215.
Published online 2005 Apr 7. doi: 10.1093/ecam/neh081
Inhibition of SARS-CoV 3C-like Protease Activity by Theaflavin-3,3′-digallate (TF3)
3) Mol Med. 2008 May-Jun; 14(5-6): 353–357
Published online 2008 Apr 3. doi: 10.2119/2008-00033.Prasad
Zinc in Human Health: Effect of Zinc on Immune Cells
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