Even if you haven’t heard all the talk about turmeric’s amazing health properties recently, you’ve probably seen at least a few golden lattes in your feed. Nutritionists believe turmeric has tons of health benefits. Like what you may ask? Let us enlighten you … here’s how turmeric and matcha compare health-wise:
Turmeric has been hailed as an antioxidant powerhouse with an ORAC value of 1270 per gram. We’re impressed, but PANATEA matcha has turmeric beat with an ORAC value of 1384 per gram. Boom.
(In case you forgot, oxygen radical absorbance capacity, or ORAC, is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities. As the body’s cleanup crew, antioxidants provide protection from harmful free radicals, which are 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.)
Where does the detox come in? According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric’s curcumin promotes the gallbladder’s bile production. Your liver uses bile to get rid toxins, and bile also rejuvenates liver cells that breakdown harmful compounds. Just take it easy, because consuming too much can lead to nausea, indigestion, gas and stomach pain.
Matcha’s detoxifying properties are slightly different. Its abundant chlorophyll is known to be a natural detoxifier. Chlorophyll increases the blood's capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to cells within the body. It therefore regenerates and cleanses the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Matcha also contains dietary fiber, a detoxifying agent that controls blood sugar and appetite, as well as eases digestion.
If you’re looking for a morning pick-up, you need matcha. Turmeric is caffeine-free, which makes a good option if you’re not down with caffeine.
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Both matcha and turmeric have been consumed for hundreds of years and offer detoxifying properties, but matcha is the clear winner in terms of antioxidants. However, if you’re looking for a caffeine-free option, turmeric is a great alternative. In any case, we’re drinking a lot of both in 2017 to keep our bodies healthy!
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