by Pulford, Natural News:
Most Natural News readers know and understand the health benefits of green tea, but a new kind of “super tea” has been found to have as much as ten times more antioxidant content than regular green tea.
As reported by Fox News, the antioxidants in green teas have long been known to dramatically improve heart health and brain function, but now researchers have found that matcha, a powder made from young green tea leaves that are placed in shade two to four weeks before harvesting, contain several times more antioxidants.
“When it’s shaded for that long, you up the chlorophyll, you up the antioxidant level, and it just completely changes the profile of the plant,” Dr. Mariza Snyder, author of The Matcha Miracle, told Fox News. “After they harvest, they steam, dry, then grind it with a stone grinder. You’re consuming the entirety of the leaf.”
Snyder estimated that the antioxidant content of matcha is several times that of regular green tea. Moreover, chlorophyll, which she described as blood for the plant, is detoxifying. The tea has a taste that is very similar to that of regular green tea.
“It has a really wonderful mouth-feel… a very vegetable type of taste, and it’s very savory,” Snyder said.
Several health benefits
As further reported by Fox News:
Matcha originates from Japan, where only royalty, Buddhist monks, and the samurai drank it. Samurai would drink it before battle to get hours of sustained energy— it can give four to six hours without a crash, like coffee can.
The level of antioxidants in matcha are 14 times the level contained in wild blueberries and are especially beneficial due to EGCG, an enzyme that may also boost heart health, decrease bad cholesterol levels, stave off some cancers and type 2 diabetes, and improve concentration. Also, Matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that may act to improve mental alertness. And one cup a day is all a person needs, Snyder said.
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