Matcha, Green Tea, Ginko, Flax, Chia
WHAT'S THE FAD? WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
It is important to work out which teas, herbs and ingredients can have a direct health benefit for you and which are just a media blown fad. This guide should break down some myths and explain which teas you should be drinking.
Matcha originates from China and is a finely ground powder of processed green tea. Many choose to drink matcha tea because it has a nutritional value equal to ten cups of regularly brewed green tea. When you drink matcha, your body ingests the entire leaf and you receive 100 per cent of the nutrients of the leaf. Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. It’s packed with antioxidants and has other benefits:
1. It boosts metabolism and burns calories
2. It detoxifies effectively and naturally
3. It calms the mind and relaxes the body
4. It is rich in fibre, chlorophyll and vitamins
5. It enhances mood and aids concentration
6. It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc
7. It prevents disease
8. It lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Here are ten health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies:
1. It contains bioactive compounds that improve your health by reducing free radicals that speed up the ageing process
2. It can improve brain function and make you feel smarter
3. It improves physical performance
4. lowers your risk of cancer
5. It can lower your risk of brain diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
6. It can kill bacteria to improve dental health and lower your risk of getting an infection
7. It can lower your risk of Type II diabetes
8. It can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
9. It can help you lose weight
10. It can help you live longer!
Ginkgo, or ginkgo biloba, is thought to be the oldest living tree in the world. Studies have shown this tree was around 200 million years ago, originating in China. The fruits, leaves and seeds of the tree are thought to have health benefitting properties:
1. The tea has a high amount of antioxidants, good for those wanting to feel and look young for longer
2. It helps stimulate and enhance the body’s blood circulation
3. It reduces the chance of clogged arteries, thereby protecting a person from heart attack
4. It can improve mood and reduce lethargy
5. It can improve your sense of well-being and mental alertness
6. It helps brain function, including fighting against depression, mood swings, anxiety and hormonal imbalance
7. Interestingly, due to the increased circulation factors, it can also cause higher libido in both men and women
It’s easy to prepare and can be a great alternative to the tea you’re already drinking. Give it a go!
Flaxseeds have been eaten for around 6,000 years. They have benefits that can help improve digestion, give you clearer skin, lower cholesterol, reduce sugar cravings, balance hormones, fight cancer and promote weight loss … and that’s just the beginning!
1. Flaxseeds are high in fibre, low in carbs
2. They promote healthy skin and hair
3. They help with weight loss
4. They help to lower cholesterol
5. They are gluten free
6. They are good for digestive health
7. They may reduce the risk of cancer
8. They are high in omega-3
9. They can help fight the symptoms of menopause
These seeds are one of the healthiest things you can incorporate into your diet. They are loaded with nutrients and goodness. Here are some of the benefits.
1. They have very few calories
2. Almost all the carbs in them are fibre
3. They are high in quality protein
4. They lower the risk of heart disease
5. They are high in important bone nutrients
6. They can improve exercise performance as much as an energy drink can
7. They are easy to add to your diet, by adding them
to smoothies and soaked in fruit drinks
In conclusion, all of these ingredients have amazing health benefits that will have you feeling more nutritionally satisfied. The question is, how many of these can you manage to incorporate into your diet?