Health Benefits of Matcha
Matcha has been around for centuries, but only until recently has it gained in popularity. With this newfound status, its health benefits are becoming more well known.
Matcha can be ingested or used topically, reaping the benefits of this powder both internally and externally.
But what exactly is Matcha? Matcha consists of dried and crushed leaves from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which is commonly enjoyed as tea. Contrary to regular green teas, matcha is never heated and as such processing is minimal, preserves more of its nutrients and antioxidant content. Therefore, the health benefits of matcha are immense.
Matcha’s bright green color comes from the high amounts of chlorophyll. This plant compound is essential for photosynthesis, which is a chemical reaction transforming sunlight into energy. Chlorophyll protects our skin from sun damage, sunspots and may reduce photo-aging which equals less wrinkles. Macha also contains Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG). This provides matcha with anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties that help your sink with acne, blemishes and promotes a smoother more supple skin. It even has an ability to rejuvenate skin cells and support skin structure. With its high levels of vitamin K, matcha can also reduce puffiness, dark under-eye circles, skin inflammation and even promote better blood circulation.
Health Benefits When Ingesting Matcha:
Using a product like our Blume Matcha Coconut superfood blend can help with the following.
- Antioxidants – helps in stabilizing free radicals which can be harmful, damaging cells and causing chronic diseases.
- Liver Protection – some studies have shown it can help prevent liver damage and decrease the risk of liver disease. But more human studies are needed to see the effects on the human population.
- Boosting Brain Function – studies have shown consuming 2 grams of matcha daily helped improve brain function, attention, memory, and reaction time. Matcha also contains caffeine, and L-theanine, which can improve some aspects of brain function.
- Prevent Cancer – studies have found that compounds in matcha may inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
- Heart Health – consuming matcha may decrease several heart diseases risks.
- Weight Loss – consuming matcha helps increase your metabolism and fat burning, aiding in weight loss.
Using it in Your Skin Care Routine
Using matcha topically, will benefit your skin by:
- Cleansing – use a matcha facial mask like our Nana + Livy Relax Face Mask + Polish to help cleanse pores, reduce puffiness and redness.
- Toner – mix some matcha powder with water and some essential oils in a spray bottle and use before washing your face. Helping to reduce puffiness, provide more supple skin and assist in wrinkle reduction.
- Exfoliate – use a product like our Nana + Livy Fresh Green Salt Block to exfoliate and cleanse at the same time.
- Dry and/or Irritated Skin – wash with a soap containing matcha, like our Nana + Livy Ujikintoki Choco Soap that can help soothe and relax irritated skin. Also use Nana + Livy Matcha Bath Tea for a total body experience!
- Detoxify – help to remove impurities on your skin by washing with a soap containing matcha (Nana + Livy Matcha Soap Block) and its antibacterial properties will help with blemishes and acne.