Matcha is much more than a delicious source of all-natural energy. A major benefit of our Matcha Latte blend lies in the naturally occurring antioxidants it contains, and the positive effect they have on maintaining your body’s immune system. Here’s a simple breakdown of the science behind antioxidants, and the important health benefits you can enjoy with every Matcha Latte blend.
1. What are antioxidants and how do they work?
As our bodies experience various types of stress (from exercise, environmental toxins, illness, etc.), a chemical reaction occurs in our body that produces free radicals. These free radicals can build up over time and cause damage to our cells, becoming the root of inflammation and many chronic diseases. Antioxidants help to neutralize these free radicals, which allows your body to perform at its peak capacity.
2. What are the health benefits of antioxidants?
Because free radicals are a primary driver of many illnesses, consuming antioxidants is critical to protecting your cells from damage. Although antioxidants alone can't prevent disease, they are very important in maintaining a balanced immune system. Improving athletic performance, having a smooth and even skin tone, and maintaining strong cognitive function are other reasons to take in a wide array of antioxidants.
3. How many antioxidants do I need to consume each day?
While there is no established daily recommended intake for antioxidants, evidence suggests that a diet rich in naturally occurring antioxidants can be beneficial to overall health. There are many types of antioxidants, some of the more commonly known include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, zinc, and beta carotene. Antioxidants are found in a variety of foods like citrus fruits, veggies, coffee, and even chocolate. It's important to eat a well balanced, whole-foods diet to ensure that you're consuming a wide range of antioxidants on a daily basis. Consuming supplements geared towards immunity is also a great way to include antioxidants in higher doses to enhance your body's ability to fight infections.
4. What types of antioxidants are in Vejo’s Matcha Latte?
Each pod of Matcha Latte contains 124mg of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, an antioxidant found in green tea leaves--that’s 17x the EGCG found in blueberries! This antioxidant is highly concentrated, making it a perfect protective layer to preserve cellular health. Additionally, matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine; this unique amino acid provides a calming effect to your nervous system, pairing nicely with the natural caffeine to deliver a sustained stream of energy and focus. Learn more about the big benefits of Matcha Latte or buy yours now.
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