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It seems like everything is a superfood these days ... but how do we know which ones are actually providing the most antioxidants?

Enter ORAC: Nutrition scientists use oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) to measure antioxidant capacities. The ORAC value of PANATEA's Ceremonial Grade matcha (also used in our Instant Matcha) is 1384 on a per gram basis. To put this into perspective, our matcha has over 14 times the antioxidant activity of wild blueberries on a per gram basis!

As you can see in the chart below, our matcha has more antioxidant activity on a per gram basis than ALL of the other popular antioxidant-rich foods listed here, combined!

Superfood ORAC Values

Source: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States.

So why does that matter? Antioxidants are the body’s cleanup crew, protecting against harmful free radicals (the molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage and even some inflammatory diseases). Antioxidants are also known to increase metabolism, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol. They're kinda a big deal.

Because PANATEA only uses the youngest, best matcha leaves to make our Ceremonial Grade and Instant Matcha blends, our matcha has a higher concentration of antioxidants than other brands. We make sure you're getting most out of your morning latte!

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