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So, we know green tea offers a lot of benefits. But there are so many green teas on the market. Which one offers the best health benefit?

At the store you will find:

  • Loose Leaf Green Tea

  • Matcha Green Tea

  • Organic Green Tea

  • Decaf Green Tea

  • Jasmine Green Tea

  • Bottled Green Tea

My recommendation is Matcha!

Why? You get the most bang for your buck in terms of antioxidant properties.

Matcha is essentially a green tea powder, but it’s harvested differently resulting in more concentrated flavor and antioxidant volume. It is a unique composition that contains a high concentration of phenolic acid, quercetin, rutin, theanine, and chlorophyll. The antioxidant compounds in green tea extract are a type of catechin polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a naturally occurring antioxidant that can reduce cellular damage in the body.

Also- it’s quick!

Infusions made by steeping tea leaves have lower polyphenol content than those in powdered form. With loose leaf tea usually, you must steep it for several minutes. In a powdered form tea preparation is usually shorter than 1 minute.

Does brewing matcha power for a longer time increase its antioxidant capacity? Nope- making it quick and easy to brew before work, a meeting, or before picking up the kids.

What are the health benefits of green tea extracts?

  • ECGC has been shown to inhibit tumor angiogenesis and suppressing inflammatory pathways initiating carcinogenesis

  • Interesting that angiogenesis is the key process involved in age-related macular degeneration visual loss as well as diabetic eye disease!

  • Catechins can act synergistically with anticancer medications to prevent cancer

  • Anti-inflammatory effects

  • Cardioprotective benefits

  • Antiviral effects

  • Improvement of cognitive function and prevention of neurodegenerative disorders


Next week I’ll share my favorite ways to enjoy matcha green tea! Hint: it involves a circular form that is sweet.

Source: Kochman et al. Health Benefits and Chemical Composition of Matcha Green Tea: A review. Molecules 2021, 26, 85.

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