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It seems that most people believe there is no crisis that cannot be handled with a coffee. Indeed, judging from the human dependency on coffee, it would appear that most humans don’t believe themselves capable of addressing most of the daily challenges of life without some kind of caffeinated beverage on hand to lessen pain, speed thinking, and quicken reaction time. While the growing news about the health benefits of coffee seems to make it more and more attractive, coffee does have its downsides: namely the tendency to produce jitters, difficulty sleeping and the lows that result as a reaction to the caffeine-generated energy boost. What if you discovered that there has recently emerged a beverage that provides all the positive effects of coffee, with little of the negatives? Matcha tea, anyone?

What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is the age old newest thing to hit the market. It originated more than 1,000 years ago in Japan when Japanese monks discovered its ability to make them feel “calm, yet alert” during endless hours of meditation.

The reason that the tea is so strong is that the leaves are not steeped in bags, but dissolved in water, leaving all the antioxidant powers of the leaf intact. As a result, you get antioxidant levels 6.2 times that of goji berries, 17 times that of blueberries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, anti-carcinogenic and 60.5 times that of spinach.

Cancer Prevention
Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants which knock out free radicals in the body. The most potent catechin in green tea is EGCG, which is anti-carcinogenic properties. A 2003 study done at the University of Colorado found that one cup of matcha has 137 times the EGCG or regular green tea.

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Anti-Aging
Some of the oldest living people in the world live in Okinawa, Japan. The longevity of these people has been partially attributed to matcha green tea consumption. Although the tea is most popular in Japan, it is becoming widely recognized throughout the world for its ability to fight inflammation, aging, and oxidation.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol
According to a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition green tea beverages can significantly lower serum total and LDL cholesterol concentration.

Weight Loss
A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted in 1999 revealed that catechins found in green tea extract have thermogenic properties capable of promoting fat oxidation beyond that explained by tea’s caffeine content. The study showed that consuming green tea increases the body’s thermogenesis, or rate of calorie burn, by 8-10% to 35-43% of energy expenditure daily. Yet another study showed that exercise done immediately after consuming matcha green tea resulted in a fat burning increase of 25%.

Mood Booster
Matcha tea can contain up to 5 times more L-theanine than most tea. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive abilities which induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is associated with the brain’s beta wave activity. Alpha wave activity combats this, relieving stress, promoting relaxation, and lowering blood pressure, counterbalancing the jittery effects of caffeine. Thus, matcha tea promotes clarity of the mind without the nervous energy related to coffee.

What do you think? Are you ready to trade in your daily java for some matcha? Let us know!

The Benefits of Green Tea for Your Skin

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You’ve probably heard of the health benefits of green tea from aiding weight loss to improving your brain function and the amazing powers of green tea don’t stop there. Green tea is also a seriously valuable addition to your skincare routine. The antioxidants in green tea provide your skin with enormous benefits. Keep reading to find out what benefits green tea has for your skin, and how you can use it to improve your complexion.

Fights Acne
When you drink green tea, it helps flush unwanted toxins from your body and the same is true when green tea is applied topically. In addition to removing unwanted toxins, green tea helps heal existing blemishes while also soothing and smoothing out your complexion. How is green tea able to do this? Green tea contains antibacterial agents known as catechins that both help to regulate your hormones and to suppress any acne-causing bacteria. The soothing and evening out of your complexion is due to the anti-inflammatory properties that green tea has. It reduces redness, minimizes any inflammation caused by zits and helps zits to heal more quickly and without scarring.

Combats Aging
Green tea is packed with powerful antioxidant properties that help stop premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, sunspots and loose skin. Your cells die for a variety of reasons and the EGCG compounds in green tea can actually reactivate these dying cells whether they are dying due to poor diet and lifestyle, sun damage or environmental pollutants. Another powerhouse antioxidant contained in green tea is oligomeric proanthocyanidins, or OPCs, that are incredibly effective when fighting against free radical damage. Additionally, OPCs are capable of healing damaged cells and inhibiting the enzymes responsible for the breakdown of collagen and elastin, both of which are essential to the strength and suppleness of your skin.

Improves Eye Area
If you suffer from tired, puffy eyes and dark circles, you may be reaching for green tea bags soon. Green tea can ease tired looking eyes thanks to its caffeine, vitamin K and tannin content. You might already own an eye product that contains caffeine and this is because caffeine shrinks the blood vessels around your eye, reducing the appearance of puffiness and darkness. Tannins are responsible for stimulating healthy blood circulation and they also help to soothe and tighten the skin around your eyes.

Tones Skin
With the significant amount of antioxidants found in green tea, it makes an excellent skin toner or refreshing facial mist. As stated previously, these antioxidants soothe your skin, reduce redness and inflammation and heal any blemishes or other damage like cuts and scrapes. The anti-inflammatory antioxidants are perfect to soothe your skin while also tackling serious problems like collagen and elastin loss and acne-causing bacteria.

Green tea is an impressive skin care ingredient and using products that contain high amounts of green tea will result in healthy, young, radiant skin. You can also reap the benefits of green tea by making it and then allowing it to cool. Once this is done, soak a cotton ball in it for a toner, pour it into a spray bottle for a facial mist or use cooled green tea bags on your eye area. Healthy, happy skin can be yours when you incorporate green tea into your skincare routine.