Acronyms can both save a party and your health! BYOB can turn a one year old birthday shindig into a real good time, FOMO might bring you and your future spouse to fatefully meet and EGCG can straight up save your life! EG what? EGCG is a polyphenol found in extremely high levels in matcha and green tea.
With a global pandemic rearing outside our windows, the one thing everyone should be hunkering down with is this beast of a health protecting drink. Curl up with Ujido matcha tea in any of their tasty and comforting varieties! Whether or not a virus is a current threat, our daily and hourly choices impact the lives we have. The better we care for ourselves and support our immunity, the stronger all of us will become and be able to fight off any adversity that comes our way.
What the Heck is EGCG?
EGCG will forever remain this polyphenol’s cute pet name because the long version is a mouthful, epigallocatechin gallate. Told you 😂 EGCG is a type of plant-based compound called catechin. Catechins are a class of polyphenols that act as antioxidants offering protection against cellular damage called free radicals and preventing disease. (source, Healthline) EGCG is found in low quantities in white, oolong and black teas, but not one of them can hold a candle, or heated tea pot, to the amount in green tea, let alone matcha!
Think of free radicals as jerks lookin’ to steal your partner, cause illness, aging and disease. Not to worry, here comes matcha strutting in containing the largest amount of antioxidants, which are free radicals kryptonite!
As a nutrition expert and healthy long life advocate, I’m shootin’ way past 100, a daily beverage I personally consume and recommend to all is green tea. And to the peeps I really really like, I suggest the best of the best, Ujido matcha green tea! I could write ten blogs on all the benefits matcha tea and EGCG has to offer.
Tell Me More About EGCG
According to Dr. Michael Greger, drinking green tea boosts antiviral immune function. “If you give healthcare workers green tea compounds, they come down with the flu about three times less often than those given a placebo. Gargling with green tea may drop the risk of influenza infection seven or eight-fold compared to gargling with water in elderly residents of a nursing home.”
Dr. Greger also states there is “growing evidence from laboratory, epidemiological [population], and human intervention studies that tea can exert beneficial disease-preventive effects and may actually slow cancer progression.” There are countless studies linking green tea, matcha and the high EGCG levels to preventing and fighting a variety of cancers! I’m not offended if you’d like to break from this blog to make a cup of matcha right this very moment!
Another of my go to docs, Dr. Dean Ornish says, “EGCG has been the most extensively studied and shown to have the greatest anti-cancer effects. In addition to preventing cancer, studies have revealed that EGCG also inhibits cancer cell growth by preventing one cancer cell from splitting into two cells and inhibiting the mechanism that spreads cancer cells. It also repairs the UVB-induced DNA damage in skin cancer.”
Matcha Has a Heart, A Strong One
You can take a good, deep breath because noticeable cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits can be seen and felt by regular consumption of 5-6 small cups of green tea per day. The EGCG that matcha green tea provides is helpful in the maintenance of cardiovascular and metabolic health. The plants compounds improve blood flow, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Red wine who?!
Matcha to REMEMBER All the EGCG Benefits!
If only the Tin Man found matcha on his travels down the yellow brick road! EGCG protects brain cells, improves memory and can protect against neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and dementia. I don’t care if you lose your keys, just don’t lose your matcha!!
Tea and Water Only…Milk Not Welcome
This is one area to flex your purist muscles. Drink your matcha green tea unadulterated without animal milk. Proteins in milk known as casein change the chemical makeup reducing the benefits of the catechins.
If you’re thinking, “But Jill, I just love my matcha latte!” First thought, when you taste quality matcha powder like Ujido, you’re likely to savor as is. Second thought, upgrade to a plant-based milk which in my opinion, is healthier for you, the planet and the animals anyway. Try organic soy, cashew, coconut, almond or hemp milk. P.S. Bessie says thank moooo!
Just SO many Benefits
- Immune supportive
- Fights disease
- Reduces inflammation and arthritis
- Improves mood and makes you happy
- Turns on metabolism and burns fat
- Benefits of high antioxidant profile
- Heart and circulatory benefits
- Low and gentle caffeine content
- Great replacement for coffee
- Also contains carotenoids, tocopherols, ascorbic acid and minerals like chromium, magnesium, selenium and zinc
It’s Your Life, Right?
Heck yes it is! Which means that YOU baby get to choose the life you have! And that life will be amplified, protected and potentially healed with a powerful elixir. In addition to EGCG, Ujido matcha tea contains one of the highest antioxidant levels in food, detoxifying chlorophyll, mood and nervous system stabilizing l-theanine and very slow metabolizing caffeine that provides energy without jitters or a crash.
Stay Healthy Now and Always with Ujido
I have many favorite words, some are curse words 😂 and others curse the chance for disease…PREVENTION! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So if you’re drinking sugary or fake sugar, artificially colored/flavored, health taxing bevy’s – swap to the green genie and tell Ujido matcha tea all your health wishes! Did you know green is the color life, renewal, energy, growth, harmony, safety, hope and rebirth. Bet your other drinks don’t represent all that!
Drink matcha like your life depends on it, because, well… it sure seems that way! Choose quality, rich tasting Ujido matcha tea. Cheers!
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