We've witnessed many nutritionists praise the antioxidant-filled likes of green tea, especially matcha. In fact, when I went rogue a couple of months ago and drank matcha lattes instead of coffee for six days, integrative nutritionist Courtney Swan couldn't stop raving about the superfood's magical powers.
"This deep-green powder is made from the leaves of a high-quality shade-grown bush called tencha. They are sheltered from direct sunlight, therefore reducing photosynthesis and slowing down the growth of the plant," Swan explained to me. "Ultimately, this is what creates that signature rich green color and stimulates chlorophyll production to magnify the tea's health benefits and nutrient quality." Among chlorophyll, matcha includes other body-boosting fares like polyphenols, L-theanine, fiber, and potassium.
Keep scrolling for the 411 on adding matcha to your everyday diet.
Incorporating Matcha Into Your Diet
Hayley Vetras—Thistle's resident nutritionist—believes that it's one of the most potently rich superfoods in the world: "Just one cup of matcha green tea provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food, 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of blueberries, and 60.5 times that of spinach."
This Green Superfood Powder by Hum Nutrition is available in a variety of flavors, all of which utilize adaptogens and probiotics meant to boost energy, promote skin health, increase metabolism, and promote healthy digestion. One scoop a day promises immediate results, and the entire container boasts a whopping five billion probiotics—which are a must for gut health.
Affect Health has formulated its Buddha Matcha powder with organic Grade A green tea leaves to provide you with an outstanding number of antioxidants per serving. (One serving is equal to 10 cups of green tea!) Like most matcha products, Buddha Matcha promises to increase metabolism and energy levels.
CAP Beauty has given us the gift of matcha on-the-go. These matcha sticks are compact and can be added to your chosen drink, smoothie, or smoothie bowl for all of the beneficial matcha goodness.
This mushroom matcha drink mix is a powerful combination of hero ingredients. Lion's Mane mushroom extract is meant to provide cognitive support for improved memory, focus, and concentration, while organic ginger aids digestive health. Pair those two powerhouse ingredients with the benefits of matcha, and you have a mixture sent from the heavens. Add Four Sigmatic's drink mix to hot or cold water, milk (to make a life-changing latte), or even to your protein pancakes—we definitely recommend it.
Another excellent powder product, according to the brand, this matcha-collagen mix is packed with 137 times the amount of free radical-fighting antioxidants as most green teas on the market. Extremely easy to prepare, just dissolve a serving of this mixture into a glass of water, and you're ready to take on the day with increased energy and alertness—without the typical caffeine crash.
Matcha for Skin
So, we know it's excellent for our diets, but what about our skin? According to an article from SheFinds, dermatologists have officially joined the nutritionist-led bandwagon when it comes to team matcha and all of its fantastic perks.
"It can improve inflamed skin, it's good for exfoliation, and protects skin from free radical damage," Debra Jaliman, MD told Dermstore. Dr. Jaliman is a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Matcha also helps rejuvenate skin that lacks oxygen, as a result of sleepless nights, smoking, and toxicities in the air," she says. Oh, and apparently, all it takes is as little as one brimming cup a day of the yummy stuff. Not bad, eh?
You can also take advantage of matcha's skin benefits with matcha-infused products. Check out these Byrdie-approved matcha skincare products.
Cocokind has created an all-over moisture stick with only three ingredients—coconut oil, beeswax, and matcha powder—to deliver lasting hydration wherever it's needed.
Naturopathica's décolleté and hand cream is made up of a delicious blend of matcha, Indian gooseberry, and palmitoyl tripeptide-5 meant to promote bright, youthful skin.
For a detoxifying facial treatment, look no further than Odacité's Green Ceremony Cleanser, which is formulated with matcha and spirulina. This product energizes and offers a deep cleanse without damaging the moisture barrier of the skin.
Another green tea balm that intensely hydrates and protects, Winky Lux's Matcha Lip Balm is available in five shades and scents—all of which include real green tea powder, vanilla, coconut, and avocado oil to soften and rejuvenate the lips.
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