Learning More About Matcha

What is Matcha? The name comes from the combination of two Japanese words matsu (to wipe or rub) and cha (tea). That describes how matcha is made, as the leaves were traditionally rubbed with stones and turned into a fine powder. Both matcha and regular green tea come from the same Camellia sinensis species, but they are grown and processed in different ways. The differences between green tea and matcha is that with the latter, the leaves are fully de-stemmed and prior to harvest, they are grown in the shade for up to 20 days. That causes the plant to...

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Matcha - Concentrated Green Tea

     Studies on Green Tea and Remarkable Benefits Epidemiological studies indicate that people who drink six or more cups of green tea a day have lower levels of damage from inflammation, even DNA damage. In fact, the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMM) lists numerous health benefits from green tea consumption: "Green tea can help prevent dental cavities [and] may also be useful in inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, by reducing inflammation and slowing the breakdown of cartilage. Chemicals in green tea may help treat genital warts, treat dermatologic conditions and prevent symptoms of colds and flu … Green...

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Is Obesity the Elephant in the Room?

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Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer's combined     A global group of researchers, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, came out with the best estimate yet on the worldwide obesity burden, and found that more than 10 percent of the world's population is now obese — that's 107.7 million children and 603.7 million adults.  1) The main driver of obesity is not lack of exercise  As Diana Thomas, a Montclair State University obesity researcher advises, "There are all kinds of reasons to exercise that are good for your health. However,...

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What are the benefits of drinking matcha?

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What Is Matcha Green Tea Good For? One of the most in-demand drinks on the planet, green tea is outrageously good for you. You may have heard about its benefits, such as supplying an increased ability to combat heart disease, and helping people to lose weight. The interest lately is so hot that an exodus from the coffee camp to a mass of matcha groupies has made matcha "the drink" of choice during New York Fashion Week for the past few years. The trend is gaining ground for several reasons. One is that matcha may be even more beneficial for your health...

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Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD)

Have you heard about the nutritional regime known as the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), developed by academics at the University of Southern California? One of the scientists behind this revolutionary new way of fasting is Prof. Valter Longo, Professor in Gerontology and Biological Science at the USC, and Director of its Longevity Institute. What might make this new fasting diet do-able is that most of us would only need to follow this fasting regime four times a year to reduce our risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as to boost our immune system, lose weight and look younger too. "Strict...

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