What Are the Health Benefits of Matcha?

Matcha is everywhere lately, but it’s not (quite) the same as green tea. The trendy ingredient undergoes a different farming process and comes in a powder instead of loose leaves, making it more concentrated.

While plain matcha provides plenty of health benefits, steer clear of dietary supplements that claim to contain matcha or “green tea extract.” Since the FDA doesn’t evaluate these products for safety and efficacy, other ingredients can interact with medications you’re taking. If that’s not enough to dissuade you, high doses of antioxidant compounds can actually lead to pro-oxidative stress, a state that’ s linked to promoting chronic disease instead of fighting it!

Excerpted from Elle

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