With the cold and flu season arriving, there’s no better time to prime your immune health to prevent falling sick this winter. Aside from making sure you’re getting your recommended daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals from wholefoods and dietary supplements, you can supercharge your immune system with powerful herbal teas like matcha. Matcha is a potent green tea, rich in antioxidants and immune-boosting nutrients that can help ward off sickness during these winter months.
But how exactly can drinking matcha supercharge your immune system?
1. Anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity
Matcha is rich in flavonoids, phytonutrients that act as a defense against bacterial and viral inflections. Also found in blueberries, red wine and cocoa, they help to reduce the risk of catching the common cold and other nasty winter bugs. Flavonoids in green tea can also help to soothe seasonal allergies, cold and flu symptoms, and support faster recovery if you do fall sick.
2. Improves rest and relaxation
Getting enough hours of quality sleep and lowering stress levels are vital to a strong immune system. Drinking green tea is known to help reduce stress and anxiety through the key ingredient, L-theanine, an amino acid found most commonly in green and black tea. Research suggests that this amino acid exhibits relaxing effects including lowering cortisol levels, reducing resting heart rate, and influencing better sleep quality.
3. Naturally removes toxins
Green tea has long been consumed as a healing medicinal tea in China and Japan. A more potent form of green tea, matcha is harvested from shade grown green tea, a method of cultivation that results in increased chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll helps purify blood and remove toxins from the body, while creating an alkaline environment in the body that makes it difficult for viruses that cause cold and flu to flourish.
4. Prevents free radical damage
Consuming enough foods and supplements rich in antioxidants can protect the body from free radicals that damage your immune cells and weaken your immunity from illness and disease as well as cold and flu bugs. Matcha is an excellent source of antioxidant catechins and polyphenols, containing concentrated amounts compared to simply drinking steeped green tea.
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