Matcha has crazy health benefits, but we’re especially grateful for one in particular this time of year: cold-fighting immunity support!
In a 2003 study, Canadian researchers added green tea to samples of the adenovirus (which can cause colds, sore throat, pneumonia, and more) and discovered that it stopped the virus from replicating. Specifically, one compound in the tea was responsible for knocking out the virus: the EGCG catechin, or epigallocatechin gallate.
Drinking green tea at the first sign of a cold should help fight off the worst of it. “It's the difference between staying home for 2 or 3 days, and going to work and just sniffling a bit," says Joseph M. Weber, Ph.D., the lead author of the adenovirus study and a professor of microbiology at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec.
EGCG is found in many teas, but green varieties have the highest concentration. Know which type of green tea has the most EGCG out of all the green teas out there? Yup, matcha. It has an EGCG concentration of 137 times greater than the average green tea, to be exact.
So if you’re going to drink green tea, you might as well get 137 times the immunity boosting benefits of EGCG with matcha!
Weber, Joseph M., Angelique Ruzindana-Umunyana, Lise Imbeault, and Sucheta Sircar. "Inhibition of adenovirus infection and adenain by green tea catechins." Antiviral Research 58.2 (2003): 167-73. Web.
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