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If you love matcha as much as we do, then you probably know about the MANY health benefits matcha provides. Matcha packs a serious punch with its rich nutrition profile and high antioxidant status. The compounds contained in matcha promote youthfulness and vibrancy when used both internally and externally, let’s take a deeper look…
Chlorophyll- A potent detoxifier, increases activity of phase II (liver detox) enzyme cytochrome P450 which enhances the elimination of harmful waste from the body.¹
Antioxidants, namely EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate)- EGCg is a catechin polyphenol that promotes metabolic and cardiovascular health; has been shown to have anti-cancer and diabetes preventative effects.²
L-Theanine- An essential amino acid that has been shown to support the central nervous system by stabilizing mood³, increasing relaxation, and creating a sense of calmness. Great for enhancing mindfulness practices such as meditation!
Chlorophyll- Shown to have skin healing effects on wounds⁴, it also fights acne-causing bacteria and cleanses the skin.
Antioxidants- The high density of antioxidants⁵ in matcha helps prevent aging of the skin by fighting free radical damage and tissue oxidation, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. ) The antioxidants are also anti-inflammatory, so they can decrease redness and signs of rosacea as well. One cup of matcha has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea!
Caffeine- Stimulates the microcirculation of blood flow⁶ in the facial tissue, reducing dark circles and plumping the skin.
Matcha is so beneficial when applied to the skin that we included it in our Nourishing Mud Veil clay mask, along with other nutrient rich herbs such as moringa and marshmallow leaf.
What is you favorite thing about matcha? The taste? The feeling you get from it? The gorgeous green color? Let us know in the comments below!
About the Author
Ariel Welch is a passionate herbalist and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She studied at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received her BS in Neuroscience and BA in Psychology, then at the Nutritional Therapy Association where she became a certified NTP. Through her own wellness journey, she has found power in using food as medicine as well as the magic of plants and nature. She works to educate and empower people to take charge of their health and heal themselves using holistic lifestyle interventions.