What is Matcha?

Matcha is the oldest variety of shade grown Japanese green tea ground in to a fine powder, and has been part of Zen Buddhist culture for over 800 years.

Unlike regular teas where the most nutritious tea leaves are thrown away along with the teabag, matcha green tea is ground in to a fine powder and is mixed with water and consumed entirely. Thus, by virtue of "eating" the tea leaves rather than just drinking the water from it, one consumes 10 to 15 times the nutrients found in regular green teas.

One serving of matcha green tea (1g per serving) yields the following nutrients naturally:

Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A B - Carotene
Catechin antioxidants and amino acids: 292 ug

Below is a section from an article that was found on amazing-green-tea.com.

"According to Dr. Aktas, current MS patients do not have many options in preventing tissues damage and disability. However, with the discovery of molecules responsible for the onset of MS, new cures may be at hand.

Scientists have recently identified molecules responsible for the inflammatory and the neurogenerative processes in MS. They are called EAE, or experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

Green tea's powerful antioxidant EGCG has been known to combat inflammation and boost immunity. Perhaps it may have something to do with EAE?

This is indeed what Dr Aktas found. To quote him:

"We have recently identified a flavonoid (EGCG) as such a candidate with promising effects in the treatment of EAE."

He went on to conclude:

"As its structure implicates additional antioxidative properties, EGCG is capable of directly protecting against neuronal injury in living brain tissue induced by N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA), and of directly blocking the formation of neurotoxic reactive oxygen species in neurons."

"Moreover, EGCG also protected neuronal tissue against the detrimental death ligand TRAIL in vitro, indicating a direct protection of the target CNS tissue in the course of autoimmune neuroinflammation."

The Full article can be found on the Amazing Green Teas websight linked here.
Green Tea and Multiple Sclerosis

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