Matcha is a type of green tea that boasts some pretty potent health benefits, thanks to its unique composition of bioactive compounds like catechins, polyphenols and antioxidants.
These compounds have a widespread positive impact on the various systems of the body, from skin health to gut health, and can even aid in cancer prevention.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING MATCHA
Better gut health - Regular consumption of matcha can reduce symptoms of IBS, due its dysbiosis-fighting properties. It reduces levels of bad gut pathogens, while promoting the growth of good gut bacteria via the synthesis of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).
Better oral microbiome health - EGCG, a type of antioxidant found in matcha, reduces the growth of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. Matcha's polyphenols can also treat halitosis, through neutralizing the bacteria that cause these odors. Your oral microbiome directly impacts your gut microbiome, so balancing your oral bacteria is crucial for a healthy gut!
Better skin health - Methylxanthines in matcha boost circulation, allowing for better microcirculation beneath the skin and the transport of important nutrients. EGCG protects against cellular damage caused by UV rays and oxidative stress, reducing signs of aging. (Bonus! If you struggle with acne caused by high androgens, EGCG will lower you androgen levels, leading to a clearer complexion.)
Cancer prevention - Part of cancer development occurs when the P53 gene, or "guardian" gene gets switched off. This gene is responsible for producing proteins that repair DNA and destroy cancer cells. Matcha has the incredible ability to switch this gene back on via EGCG - in other words, it allows for even more of these guardian proteins to be in circulation, leading to healthier cells and even tumor suppression and the inhibition of tumor migration.
Investing in a good quality matcha is important, as the leaves of the green tea plant are highly absorbent and can absorb heavy metals and pesticides found in its environment. Look for organic and ceremonial grade where possible, and a company that tests their end products for contaminants.
My personal favorite is Encha Matcha - it has tons of flavor so you don't need much, so the bag can last you a little longer! I add vanilla and honey to taste.