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Huffington Post’s Longevity Experts Put the “Ahh” in Matcha

February 17, 2011

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With all the big news about Ariana Huffington and the sale of her smash hit Huffington Post to AOL for $315 M, I thought I would take a look see at their blog posts for “matcha green tea.”  Honestly I expected more from the savvy and sophisticated health, food, and lifestyle writers of THP, but did find a few repeatables among the articles referencing everything from green tea to bundt cakes and matcha face masques.

In an article titled, “Is Green Tea Really Good for You”  the author writes:

“Black and green tea comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. To make green tea the leaves are steamed immediately after harvesting and chopping. This stops an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase from oxidising the most powerful super nutrient in the tea plant, known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). In a nutshell, green tea is full of EGCG, whereas black tea has very little.”

Dr. Maoshing Ni, Longevity Expert and Founder of the Tao of Wellness, here in Los Angeles, is also an esteemed fan of green tea. He writes:

Dr Maoshing Ni Tao of Wellness

Dr Mao

While all the choices are good, in many ways, green tea brings the most benefits to the table. Research has found that green tea has the power to effectively protect against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mental degeneration with its natural anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is packed with polyphenols, antioxidants that have been found to increase cognitive acuity and learning ability. One particular polyphenol is responsible for these beneficial brain effects: catechin. The concentration of catechins in green tea is four times that of black tea. Researchers aren’t exactly sure why, but some conjecture that the minimal processing used for green tea may help to preserve a higher concentration of the antioxidants. “

Remember – one serving (1 tsp) of matcha green tea powder is the nutritional equivalent of ten cups of regular brewed green tea. That’s because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf where the nutrients are stored.
I’ve met Dr Mao and he is truly age-less. Ariana looks great too. She must be drinking green tea daily.

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