Detoxify with matcha green tea
The term ‘free radicals’ might be one that you have come across before. But what exactly are they and why should we be worried about them?
Well, free radicals are a little bit like rust. They can attack our bodies and prevent them from functioning at 100%. Rust is an oxidation product that develops on the surface of iron or steel when exposed to oxygen. Our bodies are also susceptible to oxidation and the result is the production of radical oxygen species (ROS), sometimes also referred to as free radicals. If they are not destroyed naturally within our bodies it can lead to what is known as ‘oxidative stress’. Free radicals can be found in many atmospheric and environmental pollutants, non-organic food, cosmetics and household cleaning products. Uncontrolled oxidative stress, which can be thought of as ‘rusting from the inside out’, has been shown to increase our risks of many chronic diseases, as well as contributing to premature ageing. This is why ‘detoxing’ is so popular. So, are you feeling a little ‘rusty’ and in need of a ‘detox’? If the answer is ‘yes’, then read on.
Matcha and free radicals
Plants are nature’s own medicine chest. They are literally brimming with compounds that can protect us from these so called ‘free radicals’. Many are recognisable through distinct, vibrant and vivid colours such as green, red and purple. Green tea and a super-concentrated powdered form of green tea known as matcha, have been attributed special attention when it comes to fighting back the damage such ‘radicals’ can cause.
The most important group of compounds found in matcha and green teas are polyphenols and flavonoids. Different studies quote differing ‘horse power’ ratings for the capacity of different teas to fight free radicals. The most common kind of test is one called ‘ORAC’ which stands for ‘Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity’. Essentially, it measures the ability of plant material to inhibit free radical damage.
When to enjoy your matcha green tea
You might have already predicted what is about to come next. Yes, you guessed it. Green tea and matcha have demonstrated pretty impressive abilities to fight free radicals and therefore support effective detoxification. Of course, such abilities are also dependent upon factors affecting the plant such as climatic change, where it is grown and how it is grown. This is why Pukka only ever use plants grown to organic standards to ensure the highest quality plant material is reaching your tea cup or supplement.
Interestingly, it would also seem that the best time to drink your cup of matcha green tea is before a large meal, or first thing in the morning when your stomach is empty. This way, it gets absorbed by the body better. In fact, evidence has shown that sustained drinking of such teas helps to maintain a level of beneficial compounds in the blood stream, unlike drinking a cup of coffee where the benefits wear off in the form of a ‘crash’ about an hour after consumption.
On that note, given you’ve got to the end of this article, perhaps you might consider making yourself a cup of matcha green tea before you resume your next task?