So we all know that green tea is full of antioxdants which help to keep us healthy right? Right. It has long been revered for it’s ability to fight free radicals and reduce the risk of developing illness. Here’s a quick recap for those of you new to the whole free radical thing and for those of you that know a little bit about it, hopefully you’ll learn something new. Free rads (otherwise known as oxidants) are those pesky and somewhat unstable molecules that are on the look out for a buddy to pair up with and when they find that buddy, can reek havoc! Check out the cheeky devils below! (P.S. Don’t miss the discount deal available at the bottom of the page.)
I kind of think of them as little bandits on a search and destroy mission which need to be tamed. Free rads are a natural by-product of the body’s metabolism and although in excessive quantities they can play a role in the development of wrinkles, cancer, Parkinsons, glaucoma, heart disease and Alzheimer’s we do need SOME free rads in our body. But they must be harnessed in order to maintain health. That’s where antioxidants come in. They help to neutralise and mop up excess free radicals reducing the risk of DNA damage from the free radicals making us less prone to illness and degenerative disease.
Here are some of the antioxidants you will have heard of;
Beta-carotene – found in carrots, beetroot, apricots, blueberries, blackcurrants, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, peach, raspberries, strawberries, avocado, broccoli, fennel, cucumber, watercress, peppers, spinach
Resveratrol – found in grapes
Selenium – found in brazil nuts and shiitake mushrooms
Vitamin C – found in apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, lemon, limes, kiwi, mango, melon, nectarines, orange, papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, avocado, beetroot, broccoli, carrot etc
I could go on. Antioxidants are very important for optimum health which is why we must eat our fruit and veg! Unfortunately however, the average Britain is barely getting their “5-a-day” (which is complete BS by the way. “Five-a-day” was a very clever marketing scheme set up a few years ago to promote a product and it stuck. Truth is 5-a day is NOT enough people!)
Okay so I know that a lot of people struggle with getting enough which is why superfoods are so amazing. Just a spoonful of powder in a juice, smoothie or water is a super easy way of getting enough real NUTRITION. If everyone were to be getting enough nutrition in their diet, there really wouldn’t be half the amount of chronic and degenerative disease that there currently is. (Ballsy statement I know but it’s the TRUTH.)
So let me introduce you to Matcha. Going back to what I said about green tea being packed full of antioxidants which helps to protect against diseases like cancer, well it’s got nothing compared to Matcha.
One study showed that Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than green tea, 70 times the amount found in orange juice and 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach. WOWZER!
An awesome company called Teapigs have kindly sent me some Matcha to try as I’m always on the look out as to how I can increase my nutritional intake. I have to look after my body and feed it well so if I can get 137 more times antioxidants to fight free radicals just by adding some green powder to my smoothie, hell I am gonna do it! And you should too. I’m going to post on this again in a few weeks once I’ve tried it. And I’m not going to tell you it’s great if it’s not. You should know by now I don’t beat around the bush and I don’t talk shit. I’ll be honest and tell you what I really think. AND if you fancy trying it, Teapigs are offering a 10% discount from 1st – 30th June exclusively for my subscribers so you’ll need to sign up to my newsletter on the top right of this page to get the discount code which will be sent out during the month of June so keep an eye out! (Please note the discount excludes “cheeky deals, gadgets and gifts”.)