Turns out that Matcha, the Traditional form of Green tea in Japan, is an even more powerful dietary addition than regular Green tea.
The researchers found that samples of matcha had 200 times the concentration of epigallocatechin gallate in the common U.S. tea.
200 Times!!!! Epigallocatechin Gallate, commonly called EGCG, is aChatechin, and is loaded with antioxidants.
A Japanese study earlier this year for example found that Japanese adults drinking five or more cups of green tea daily were 16 per cent less likely to die from a range of illnesses, and particularly heart disease, than those only drinking one cup per day.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, assessed more than 40,000 people aged between 40 and 79 for up to 11 years.
ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is a testing method developed by the USDA and tufts university to quantifiably measure the potency of antioxidants found in foods and beverages. foods that score high in an antioxidant assay called ORAC may protect cells and their components from damage by oxygen radicals, according to studies of animals and human blood.
Here’s a Chart of a host of high antioxidant foods (eat them):
Top Antioxidant Foods
ORAC units per Gram (umoleTE/g)
|Plums||9.49||Red Bell Peppers||7.10|
In Comparison, Macha packs a Whopping 1348 ORAC units per gram!!! That means it’s beating out the other antioxidant foods by a factor of 20!
In addition to the basic health benefits associated with decreased cancer risk, Decreased incidence of Heart disease, it also can help you lose fat.
Yep, it’s not just the caffeine, it’s the EGCG. Apparently they work Synergistically.
Matcha also contains its sister polyphenols egc (epigallo catechins), ecg (epicatechin gallate), ec (epicatechins), which when working in synergy with each other as found in nature, seem to have a significantly stronger antioxidant effect than egcg alone.
Part of the reason is the way in which it is consumed. With normal tea (in a bag, or ball) only about 5-10% of the nutrients actually permiate into the water. With matcha the whole tea leaf is ground into a fine powder and consumed entirely. so you get 100% of the nutrients from the leaves.
Drink it. It’s that simple. You could, of course, supplement with a Green tea pill, and/or drink 5 cups of regular Green tea a day. But, if you can shell out the extra expense (it’s more expensive than regular green tea, and isn’t as easy to find here in the States), I suggest you use a combination that includes the Matcha. Besides the stuff tastes fantastic.
Here’s to your health!
Here’s Dr. Weil’s take on Natural additions to a Healthy Diet Click Here