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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Thursday announced his decision to make the baristas’ restrooms into open public toilets and its retail space into free meeting halls for non-paying customers and ne’er-do-wells. The basis for this, as he put it:
“We don’t want anyone at Starbucks to feel as if we are not giving access to you to the bathroom because you are ‘less than.’ We want you to be ‘more than,’” Starbucks chair Howard Schultz saidhttps://t.co/67jT2XNy9w
So, in other words, basic decorum and manners your mama should have taught you is now thrown out the window. Those with bad manners and lowlife behavior will be treated the same as paying customers with good manners.
While Schultz was at it, the Jewish billionaire out of the blue said the world is “questioning the moral leadership of America” and urged the public to reject nationalism. In other words, he is espousing societal hyper-tolerance, whereby the thug life barbarians are let in to the country at large.
In today’s Brave New World, barbarians are encouraged to display and engage in entitled, bratty behaviors, such as using others without any consideration. Then, if you have a word with these ‘tards, somebody shows up with a bullhorn and disturbs your peace. And if you are a manager who’s attempting to defend a retail space, you will be fired.
There are now so many of these in-your-face, Luciferian, do-as-thou-wilt types running amok that there will be a chilling effect and a crowding out. Polite decent people will quietly avoid the free-for-alls. The willingness to deal with this threat will melt away. Whatever cache SBUX still retains as a public space will be diminished as standards as loosened.
Advisory: The perfect restroom plan for TNNers.
Bay Area Rail Transit (BART) in California’s Bay Area demonstrated in spades what happens when nobody faces head on the thug-life barbarians. Public spaces turn into drug-shooting galleries. The public discerns a none-dare-enter-here environment and stays away. An enormous infrastructure investment is negatively impacted because the lowest-common-denominator managers don’t want to offend barbarians. It doesn’t take a vivid imagination to see this scene replicated just about everywhere. Your future is here.
Merkel will hold talks with Putin next week during an official trip to Russia [PPIO]
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Iran nuclear deal after Washington announced it was violating the peace agreement, the Kremlin said on Friday.
“The two leaders discussed the situation created by the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear programme. They pointed out the importance of the JCPOA for international and regional security,” a Kremlin statement said.
Merkel will hold talks with Putin next week during an official trip to Russia.
The White House is preparing to impose new sanctions on Tehran soon.
On Friday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.
The two foreign ministers said on Thursday they were working to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
“Without doubt we will make sure firstly that this does not destroy the JCPOA. This is our common objective, we confirmed this,” Lavrov said at a joint conference with Maas.
The German Foreign Minister told Spiegel magazine earlier last week that Berlin is set to change its policy towards the US after Washington’s exit from the Iran nuclear deal.
Reports say the European Union is considering blocking US sanctions over Iran. The EU’s blocking statute bans any EU company from complying with U.S. sanctions and does not recognise any court rulings that enforce American penalties.
In the featured video, Joe Rogan interviews professor Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science and author of the book “Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams,”1 in which he shares the latest discoveries about sleep and how it impacts virtually every area of your physical and mental health.
I read Walker’s book last fall, and share his view that sleep is profoundly important — even more important than diet and exercise. After all, you’re not likely to reap maximum rewards from other healthy lifestyle habits if you’re constantly exhausted. Beyond that, lack of sleep has been shown to raise your risk for chronic illnesses such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
In fact, the World Health Organization has tagged shift work as a “probable human carcinogen” because it causes circadian disruption.2 Lack of sleep is also associated with shorter lifespans. Like Walker, I believe getting quality sleep, and enough of it, is the single most effective thing you can do to reset your brain and body and invigorate your health on a daily basis.
Sleep Deprivation Is a Form of Self Abuse
There are many reasons why you may sleep poorly, and one may simply be related to your mindset. Many, especially in the U.S., still view lack of sleep as a badge of honor — a sign of drive, ambition and achievement at the expense of sleep. Worse, good sleep is often characterized as a sign of sloth.
As noted by Walker in one of his lectures,3 “We want to seem busy, and one way we express that is by proclaiming how little sleep we’re getting. It’s time for us to reclaim our right to a full night of sleep, without embarrassment or the stigma of laziness. In doing so, we may remember what it feels like to truly be awake during the day.”
According to Walker, “Humans are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent reason,” and based on his studies, he is convinced no one can make it on five hours or less of sleep without suffering some level of short-term impairment or long-term illness. There’s an exceptionally rare genetic mutation known as advanced phase sleep syndrome that allows some to thrive with minimal sleep, but you’re far more likely to be struck by lightning than have this rare genetic mutation.
Rogan and Walker also discuss more acute symptoms of sleep deprivation. This includes wild hallucinations, sometimes reported by ultra-marathoners and others who for various reasons have attempted to go without sleep for extended periods of time. As an example, Walker recounts the story of Peter Tripp, a disc jockey who, in 1959, tried to break the world record for sleeplessness. He stayed awake for eight days straight, doing a continuous broadcast from Times Square.
“By Day Three, he was having florid delusions and hallucinations,” Walker says. “He was seeing spiders in his shoes; he became desperately paranoid, thinking people were trying to poison him … “ He also became belligerent and abusive toward everyone around him. “He was clearly psychotic,” one of the attending psychiatrists said. His experiment is detailed in the short video below.
How and Why Sleep Deprivation Can Trigger Psychosis
In a very real sense, when you forgo sleep for extended periods of time, you begin to dream while awake — hence the delusions and hallucinations. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is a 90-minute deep sleep cycle during which you dream. Tripp’s experiment revealed that even though he was awake — walking around and talking — his brainwaves showed he was asleep, and it was during the REM cycles that he was most likely to hallucinate. Essentially, he was experiencing his nightmares in an awake state.
Tripp finally went to bed after remaining awake for 201 consecutive hours, and slept for 24 hours. Upon waking, there were no signs of delusions and Tripp reported feeling quite normal. His wife, however, disagreed, saying he’d changed. The couple eventually got divorced.
The attending psychiatrists also agree that after his experiment, his personality had changed, and that the change appeared to be permanent. He was no longer as cheerful and easygoing as he’d been before. Arguments with his boss led to the loss of his job as well. Those who knew him best insist those eight days of sleep deprivation damaged his psyche long-term.
Parts of Your Brain Become More Active During Sleep
As explained by Walker, your brain doesn’t shut down during sleep. Quite the contrary. While some parts are subdued, other parts become far more active than during wakefulness. During REM sleep, the visual, motor/kinesthetic, emotional and memory centers all ramp up their activity. Meanwhile, activity in your prefrontal cortex — the “CEO of the brain” that rules rationality and logical thinking — decreases.
This is why dreams can be so visually and kinesthetically powerful, sucking you into a vortex of emotion while simultaneously being completely irrational and illogical. And, when you are sleep deprived, this “dreaming while awake” state can start to seep through, as it did in Tripp’s experiment. Indeed, studies have shown skimping on sleep is a surefire way to lose emotional control, become more emotionally volatile — and more irrational.
If you frequently feel emotionally off-kilter or struggle with a short fuse, chances are you might manage your emotions a whole lot better were you to get more sleep on a nightly basis. Walker also cites research showing there’s a dramatic difference in injury rates between those who sleep enough and those who don’t. Athletes who get just five hours of sleep have a 60 percent higher injury rate than those who get nine hours.
Five Common Enemies of Sleep
Walker defines sleep deprivation as sleeping less than seven hours a night,4 and statistics show half of all American adults fail to get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. An estimated 1 in 3 is getting six hours of sleep or less per night. According to a Gallup Poll,5 Americans slept an average of 7.9 hours a night in 1942. Today, the average is six hours and 31 minutes, Walker says, adding, “That means there’s a huge swath of people well below that average.”
Walker also notes that “One of the big problems with lack of sleep is that you don’t know you’re sleep deprived when you’re sleep deprived! Your subjective sense of how well you’re doing with a lack of sleep is a miserable predictor for how you’re doing objectively.” So, with sleep deprivation being so rampant, what’s the cause? Walker pins the blame for our consistently declining slumber patterns on the following “enemies of sleep:”
Alcohol and caffeine: These and other substances, such as sleeping pills, interfere with sleep quality and sleep time
Loneliness, anxiety and depression: The longing for connection and the effects of mental illness can often interfere with or cause people to forego sleep
Long work hours: The international business environment, increased global competition and longer commuter times are just a few of the factors contributing to the increase in work hours and stress-related burnout
Overcommitment: Schedules are filled from morning to night, and many people are unwilling to trade entertainment or socializing with family and friends for sleep
When asked by The Guardian if he takes his own advice about sleep, Walker replied:6
“I give myself a nonnegotiable eight-hour sleep opportunity every night, and I keep very regular hours. If there is one thing I tell people, it’s to go to bed and to wake up at the same time every day, no matter what. I take my sleep incredibly seriously because I have seen the evidence.
Once you know that after just one night of only four or five hours of sleep, your natural killer cells — the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day — drop by 70 percent, or that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel, prostate and breast … how could you do anything else?”
• Keep a regular sleep schedule seven days a week. Go to bed and wake up at the same times each day, even on the weekends. This will help your body to get into a sleep rhythm and make it easier to fall asleep and get up in the morning. To this, I would add getting bright sunlight exposure in the morning and for at least a half-hour to an hour right around noon, to help reset your circadian clock.
• Avoid bright lights and minimize use of electronics in the evening. Both bright lights and electronic screens are major sleep thieves, robbing you of the ability to fall asleep quickly. Research has shown that the more time you spend on electronic devices during the day, and especially at night, the longer it takes to fall asleep and the less sleep you get overall.7,8
Walker suggests dimming the lights in your room and reading a book rather than watching TV or using electronics before bed. If you must use electronics in the evening, I recommend installing blue-blocking software such as Iris, or use blue blocking glasses.
• Make sure your bedroom is cool enough. Studies show the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees F. Keeping your room cooler or hotter can lead to restless sleep. When you sleep, your body’s internal temperature drops to its lowest level, generally about four hours after you fall asleep. A cooler bedroom mimics this natural temperature drop. Sleeping naked can also help.
• Keep your feet warm. While your body needs to be cool, your extremities need to stay warm for optimal sleep. At least one study has shown that wearing socks to bed reduces night waking.
• Take a hot bath or sauna before bed. When your body temperature is raised in the late evening, it will fall at bedtime, facilitating sleep. The core body temperature drop that occurs when you exit the bath signals your body it’s time for bed.
Beware of Electric and Electromagnetic Fields
Based on the research I’ve done, I believe eliminating electric and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom is a really important factor that can improve both your quantity and quality of sleep. EMFs have the ability to disrupt your pineal gland’s production of melatonin and serotonin, and are a significant contributor to mitochondrial damage and dysfunction, which is at the heart of virtually all chronic disease.
EMF exposure has also been linked to neuronal changes that affect memory and your ability to learn.9 EMFs harm your body’s mitochondria by producing excessive oxidative damage, so “marinating” in EMFs all night, every night, can cause or contribute to virtually any chronic ailment, including premature aging. Ideally, shut down the electricity to your bedroom by pulling your circuit breaker before bed. Also be sure to shut down your Wi-Fi.
Keep in mind that even if you completely shut off the electricity in your bedroom, your room may still be electrified. This is what happened to me, and when I used sophisticated body voltage measurements I was able to detect this. This is a result of electrical fields (not electricity) transferred into your home by the electric utility and spreading in your home. This can be remediated using certain kinds of shielding paint that is then grounded to form a Faraday cage, which stops the fields from entering your bedroom.
Should You Use Melatonin?
Rogan asks Walker about the use of melatonin. Is it advisable to use melatonin if you’re having a hard time falling asleep? Walker recommends the use of melatonin to resynchronize your circadian clock when traveling between time zones. “You can use melatonin strategically for jet lag,” he says. “Once, however, you are stable within the new time zone, melatonin does not seem to be efficacious for healthier sleep … But if it works for you — no harm, no foul. Keep taking it.”
Ideally, it is best to increase your melatonin level naturally, which is achieved by exposing yourself to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and complete darkness at night. If that fails or isn’t possible, I’d suggest trying a 5-HTP, which I believe is a superior approach to using melatonin, especially if you’re older.
5-HTP is a hydroxylated form of tryptophan that easily passes your blood brain barrier. Your body converts 5-HTP first into serotonin (which may give your mood a boost), and then into melatonin. In one study, an amino acid preparation containing both GABA (a calming neurotransmitter) and 5-HTP reduced time to fall asleep, increased the duration of sleep and improved sleep quality.10
You can also take somemagnesium malate or glycinate before bedto increase body relaxation. Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is yet another option. CBD oil not only helps reduce pain and muscle spasms, which may keep you awake, but also promotes general relaxation and has been shown to improve sleep.
To Optimize Your Health, Make Sure You Get Enough Sleep
Regardless of the reason for your sleeplessness, research linking chronic poor sleep and lack of sleep to disease and illness cannot be ignored.
Research (cited by Walker) has shown that a single night of sleeping just four hours lowered the amount of natural killer cells — powerful immune fighters that target malignant cells — by 70 percent. In other words, a single night of sleep deprivation throws you into what Walker calls “a remarkable state of immune deficiency” that raises the risk that cancer cells will multiply in your body.
Additionally, each spring, when we lose an hour of sleep due to the switchover to daylight saving time, there’s a 24 percent increase in heart attacks — and that’s from the loss of a single hour. In the fall, when we gain an hour of sleep, there’s a 21 percent decrease in heart attacks.
“That’s how fragile and vulnerable your body is to even just the smallest [change in] sleep,” Walker says. Sleeping just six hours a night for seven days straight has even been shown to distort gene activity. Genes related to immune function were switched off, while genes related to tumors, chronic inflammation and stress were overexpressed.
The scientific facts underscore my belief that there is no substitute for, nor any excuse for not getting, a full night’s rest. If you think you “don’t have the time” to sleep for seven or eight hours because you have too much work on your plate, think again.
As noted by Walker, “Why do we overvalue workers that undervalue sleep?” The fact is, sleeping less does not equate to greater productivity. In fact, the complete opposite is true. When you’re working on an inadequate amount of sleep, attention, logic, efficiency and productivity go down the drain and emotional reactivity goes up.
Given its importance, I encourage you to take a few moments today to evaluate your sleep habits. Are you getting enough sleep? If not, what’s one change you can make to improve the length and/or quality of your sleep? If you need help getting started, check out my 16 Chronological Tips to Improve Your Sleep, or read through “Sleep — Why You Need It and 50 Ways to improve It,” hyperlinked earlier.
You may have noticed oatmeal listed as a principal ingredient in several skin cleansers and lotions, ostensibly because clinical studies expounding the merits of oatmeal would make it a beneficial, as well as natural, component.
After all, oatmeal, aka Avena sativa, grown in Russia, Europe, Asia, North and South America and Down Under, has been used for thousands of years as a topical lotion for aggravated skin from dryness or even insect bites, a study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology,1 sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, states.
Some may assume oatmeal used for this purpose is just another fad. After all, particularly in marketing terms, oatmeal is arguably as close to wholesome as mom and apple pie. But could oatmeal used therapeutically actually have merit?
The above study identified oatmeal as “a soothing agent to relieve itch and irritation,” made into a “colloidal” or homogenous mixture by grinding oatmeal and boiling it down to form skin cleansers, shaving gels and moisturizing creams. But here’s the kicker. The recipe for this grain, usually thought of as a breakfast food, is standardized by the United States Pharmacopeia2 and its use as a skin protectant is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medicinal purposes. 3
What Oatmeal Can Do for Skin and Why It’s So Important
Nearly everyone would say dry skin can be annoying, uncomfortable and even unsightly, but cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments have a particular need. Nutrition Facts notes:
“There’s a class of chemo drugs, like Cetuximab, that can cause an awful rash. Various treatments have been tried and failed. There was no clear preventive or curative treatment for this eruption …The researchers had heard about a study where human skin fragments from plastic surgery were subjected to an inflammatory chemical, and adding an oatmeal extract appeared to help.”4
When researchers learned from a Georgetown University study5 that an oatmeal extract had been used successfully to soothe these patients’ skin, their subsequent report caused a sensation in the medical world. Of the 10 patients exhibiting chemotherapy drug-induced rashes who agreed to try the oatmeal extract lotion,6 six had a “complete response” and four had a “partial response,” which the scientists deemed to be a 100 percent rating for the oatmeal extract.
Here’s why: According to Journal of Drugs in Dermatology study, saponins in oatmeal give it the ability to cleanse, moisturize and soothe, basically providing a “buffer” to keep skin hydrated and protected.
Further, phenols contribute “strong ultraviolet absorbers” and the starches and beta-glucans are recognized as humectant, or able to hold water, which furthers the product’s ability to act as an emollient. Those beta-glucans are something to pay attention to, as the next section explains.
The Incredible Function of Beta-Glucans in Oatmeal
A Lithuanian study7 called beta-glucans naturally occurring polysaccharides; glucose polymers that are part of the cell wall of certain pathogenic bacteria and fungi. Beta-glucans, the study reported:
Increase host immune defense
Exhibit anticarcinogenic activity
Confer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capability
Fight cancerous tumor formation and metastasis
The Georgetown University study noted that current treatment modalities for epidermal growth factor (EGFR)-positive cancers unfortunately cause the aforementioned side effects, for which there were no effective treatments. It also showed colloidal oatmeal to have “multiple anti-inflammatory properties with known effects on arachidonic acid,” which is important for skin health.8
Doctors from all over the world were intrigued enough by the study to try oatmeal extract on their own patients and got the same incredible results. DermNet New Zealand9 lists other skin conditions that may benefit from colloidal oatmeal:
Atopic and contact dermatitis (eczema)
Further, compounds in colloidal oatmeal exhibit ultraviolet light absorption to protect against sun damage and photoaging, as well as inhibiting prostaglandin production.
How to Make DIY Colloidal Oatmeal Cream, Lotion and Bath Treatments
Oatmeal absorbs water easily and helps keep your skin hydrated and soothed. You can make your own silky colloidal oatmeal bath at home to gain these benefits, and the process is quick, easy and inexpensive. Simply place a cup of organic dry oatmeal into a blender, coffee grinder or food processor and process until it becomes a fine powder.
Sprinkle about a cup of ground oatmeal into warm rather than hot water, the latter of which tends to further dry your skin. Soak for about 15 minutes, but not too long. Afterward, pat your skin dry to retain some of the oatmeal benefits. Make your own do-it-yourself oatmeal hand cream, from The Thrifty Couple,10 with a few more beneficial ingredients, such as coconut oil, olive oil and essential oils:
Colloidal Oatmeal Hand Cream
¼ cup finely ground oatmeal
¾ cup coconut oil
A few drops of rosemary essential oil
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Melt the coconut oil slowly over low heat until it turns to a liquid.
Add a few drops of rosemary oil and mix thoroughly. Mix in the oatmeal until completely blended, then add the olive oil and blend.
Pour your moisturizer into baby food jars or other small containers to harden, and store at room temperature, or if it’s more than 76 degrees F, refrigerate.
A second recipe from Natural and Healthy Living11 explains how to make a homeade eczema cream using a few more ingredients, including shea butter, vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil, with the added step of cooling and partially solidifying the coconut oil in the freezer so that the other ingredients, especially the oats, don’t sink to the bottom.
What Happens When You Eat Oatmeal? Is It Just as Beneficial?
Two cancer cell lines found to be resistant to Cetuximab chemotherapy in vitro (in a test tube or culture dish)12 were responsive to one of the compounds in the oatmeal extract: avenanthramides, a unique phytonutrient contained in oats.
One study noted that avenanthramides exert strong antioxidant activity in vivo, or within living organisms like humans. Besides being antiproliferative against cancer, the study suggested they may also provide protection against coronary heart disease and colon cancer.13
That being said, I typically recommend limiting or eliminating your intake of grains, including oats, as even whole grains can raise your insulin and leptin levels, a driving factor in most chronic diseases.
Further, grains are increasingly subject to glyphosate residue because so many foods are tainted by Monsanto’s penchant for selling carcinogenic substances like this one. The Alliance for Natural Health USA submitted a paper listing breakfast foods with potentially unsafe glyphosate levels, and oatmeal is on it — three times.14In short, oatmeal has benefits when applied topically, but there are far healthier foods to focus your meals around. As Nutrition Facts put it:
“Oatmeal — a simple topical agent producing such spectacular benefit where more complex therapies have failed. In an age when ever more expensive treatments are consistently being championed, it would be a great pity if this inexpensive, natural approach to relieving distressing symptoms were to be overlooked.”15
You’ve probably heard of matcha, a type of green tea that’s been around since the 12th century,1 but only recently gained significant popularity. Matcha-infused recipes have become the trend nowadays. But what exactly is this bitter, green powder, and what can it do for your health? Read on to find out why matcha green tea deserves all the hype that it gets.
What Is Matcha Green Tea?
Known for its vibrant green color, rich grassy taste and numerous health benefits, matcha is the powdered form of green tea that’s traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Zen monasteries favored matcha because of its ability to help enhance mental alertness and presence of mind, while promoting a calm, meditative state at the same time.2
It’s said that the best organic matcha green tea powder comes from southern regions of Japan, particularly Uji, Nishio, Shizuoka and Kyushu.3 Similar to other tea varieties, matcha green tea is also made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is native to Southwest China.
What sets these tea varieties apart are their processing methods and degree of oxidation. Even matcha and the regular green tea have several distinct differences when it comes to cultivation, harvest, production and nutritional profile.
To produce organic matcha green tea, the tea bushes must be shaded from sunlight 20 to 30 days before harvest. Protecting the leaves from direct sunlight stimulates the production of amino acids and increases the chlorophyll levels, which makes the leaves turn dark green.
After the finest leaves are harvested by hand, they are steamed to stop fermentation, which preserves their color and health benefits, and then their stems and veins are removed.4,5 The leaves are then dried and aged in a cold storage before being stone-ground on a granite block until they turn into fine powder.
Unlike other tea variants, which are served by soaking the tea leaves in hot water, matcha green tea is prepared by whisking the powder in hot water until a layer of froth is formed. I personally prefer this type of tea because the entire leaves are basically ingested in powdered form when drinking, which is exactly what makes matcha more beneficial versus regular green tea .
Discover the Numerous Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
The unique cultivation and production of matcha are not just responsible for its rich flavor and vibrant coloring, but also for its nutritional value. Here are some of the health benefits of matcha green tea:
Enhances cognitive function and concentration: Matcha contains high amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid that may help improve your memory and concentration by increasing the production of serotonin and dopamine in the brain.6,7
Provides a significant amount of antioxidants: Matcha is an excellent source of antioxidants, especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG),8 which is a catechin that may help fight the negative effects of free radicals to protect your cells and tissues against damage. It’s also found to be helpful in reducing inflammation.9
Provides a calming effect: The L-theanine content of matcha improves the production of alpha waves in the brain, which helps induce mental relaxation and reduce stress levels.10
Boosts energy levels and endurance: Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine, which may help improve energy levels and endurance without any adverse side effects.11
Detoxifies the body: Matcha has high levels of chlorophyll, which helps flush out heavy metals and toxic chemical from your body.12
Aids in weight loss: Drinking matcha may help increase your metabolic rate, allowing your body to burn fat more efficiently.
Exercising right after drinking matcha green tea may increase the fat-burning rate by up to 25 percent.13
Strengthens the immune system: Aside from being rich in antioxidants and L-theanine, matcha also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Collectively, these nutrients may help boost your immune system and protect your body against bacterial infections and viruses.
Improves eye health: A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that the catechins in matcha green tea may also be absorbed by different parts of the eyes, reducing your risk of glaucoma and other eye diseases.14
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, research also suggests that matcha green tea can help fight different illnesses, including heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, liver disorders and several types of cancer.15,16
What Makes the Caffeine Content in Matcha Green Tea Different?
As with other types of tea, matcha contains caffeine. A half-teaspoon of matcha powder has 35 milligrams of caffeine, which is slightly higher than the content of regular green tea but still lower than that of coffee.
Even though both coffee and matcha green tea contain caffeine, their effects on your energy level and mental clarity are different. Unlike coffee, which may cause energy crashes, nervousness and jitteriness, matcha green tea may help improve brain function without any adverse side effects, thanks to its catechins and L-theanine content.
The larger catechin molecules tend to bind with caffeine, slowing down its release into the bloodstream. This leads to stabilized energy levels and prolonged energy-boosting effects. L-theanine also helps sustain the release and counteract the negative effects of caffeine, while inducing mental clarity and alertness at the same time.17,18,19,20
Matcha Green Tea Nutrition Facts
There is no denying that matcha is one of the most nutritious foods available today. To give you a better idea of the other health benefits matcha green tea has to offer, take a look at its nutrition facts:21
Generic – Organic Matcha Green Tea Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 tsp
Vitamin A 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs
A teaspoon of matcha also contains 15 times more than the amount of antioxidants in pomegranates and blueberries, and 60 times more than the antioxidants found in spinach.22
Here’s How You Can Make Your Own Cup of Matcha Green Tea
As mentioned above, matcha is prepared differently than other types of tea. Preparing a traditional bowl of matcha may seem difficult, but it’s actually quite simple.
In the traditional Japanese way, a bamboo spoon called shashaku is used to measure the amount of tea that will be mixed with hot water in a heated tea bowl. The mixture is then whisked using a special bamboo whisk, which is known as a chasen, until it becomes frothy.23 If you don’t have these accessories, a small conventional whisk and a ceramic bowl will do.
There are three different ways to prepare matcha: standard, usucha and koicha. The standard matcha tea involves mixing one teaspoon of matcha powder with 2 ounces of hot water.
Usucha is a thin concoction that you can make by mixing a half teaspoon of matcha with 3 to 4 ounces of hot water. Koicha, on the other hand, is a thicker form of matcha green tea that’s made by mixing 2 teaspoons of matcha in 1 ounce of hot water — this type of matcha is commonly used in Japanese tea ceremonies.
Now that you know how to prepare matcha green tea, you should put your knowledge to the test by trying this matcha green tea smoothie recipe:
Energy-Boosting Coconut Matcha Green Tea
• 1 serving of prepared hot, organic matcha green tea
1. Using a blender, blend together the hot tea and coconut oil.
2. Carefully touch the mixture with your finger to test the temperature. If it’s too hot to touch, then it needs to cool a little longer before you add the whey protein powder (to avoid damaging the nutrients).
3. Once it’s at a temperature you can comfortably touch, add the protein powder and cinnamon. Blend again. Enjoy!
Note: Different brands of whey protein powders have varying levels of nutritional content and sweetness. Try adding 2 tablespoons first and then adjust to your preferred taste.
There are many other matcha green tea recipes that you can choose from. Whether you want a traditional matcha drink or a matcha-infused dessert, I recommend you make one on your own to ensure that you’re using only high-quality ingredients from organic sources.
What’s the Proper Way to Store Matcha Green Tea?
The typical shelf life of unopened matcha green tea is one year. However, its lifespan decreases once you’ve opened its packaging, so it’s best to consume it as soon as you can. In case you want to save some for later, make sure that you store it properly to preserve its nutritional value.
Keep in mind that this delicate powdered tea should not be exposed to heat, air and sunlight. Transfer it to a dry, airtight container to prevent contamination, and then put it in the fridge or a dark and cool cabinet.24,25
Possible Side Effects of Matcha Green Tea
Just because matcha green tea is great for you doesn’t mean that it’s beneficial to drink it all day long. Keep in mind that consuming excessive amounts of green tea may lead to undesirable side effects, including:
• Upset stomach
• Iron deficiency
• Kidney and/or liver damage
Even though the caffeine content of matcha is generally safer than that of coffee, too much of it may still cause side effects, especially in people who are sensitive to caffeine. Some of the caffeine-related side effects that matcha may cause include headache, irritability, insomnia, heartburn and nervousness.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as individuals with psychological disorders, kidney problems, heart diseases and liver disorders, are advised to avoid matcha green tea. If you have any concerns about the possible side effects of matcha, consult your doctor first before making it a part of your regular diet.26
Make Sure That Your Matcha Green Tea Powder Comes From Reputable Sources
Not all matcha green tea available in the market contains the same amount of nutrients. Some of the matcha that comes from China, Pakistan and India may contain high levels of metals, including lead, fluoride and aluminum. If these metals accumulate in the body, they may cause serious health problems like Alzheimer’s disease.
I suggest that you buy matcha green tea from reputable Japanese sources to ensure that the cultivation, harvesting and production methods required to produce high-quality matcha powder are observed. You should also look for a product with an organic certification to guarantee that it’s processed in a way that will not damage your health.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Matcha Green Tea
Q: Where can you buy matcha green tea powder?
A: Matcha green tea powder is widely available in groceries nowadays because of its growing popularity. When buying one, choose a product that’s cultivated in Japan instead of China or India, and double-check to ensure that it’s organic.
Q: What’s the difference between matcha and green tea?
A: Matcha and regular green tea differ in flavor, texture, color, preparation method and nutritional profile. Since green tea is basically dried leaves, it has a dull brown color and gritty texture. Matcha, on the other hand, comes in a fine and velvety bright green powder. In terms of taste, premium-grade matcha tends to be more palatable than green tea.
Their different processing methods also affect their nutritional value. Matcha contains higher amounts of amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols than regular green tea.27,28
Q: Is matcha green tea good for you?
A: Matcha green tea is great for your overall health, since it’s loaded with antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients that may provide various health benefits, such as enhanced brain function, better mood, higher energy levels and improved immune system, among others.
Q: Does matcha green tea have caffeine?
A: Just like other tea variants, matcha green tea also contains caffeine, which is why it helps boost energy levels and endurance. Its caffeine content is a bit higher than green tea but still lower than coffee, so the usual side effects of stimulants shouldn’t be a concern, especially if you only drink it in moderate amounts.
Q: How much matcha green tea is safe to drink per day?
A: The daily recommended consumption amounts of matcha depend on a variety of factors, including your diet, lifestyle and health conditions. In general, one to three cups per day is enough to keep your health in check and boost your energy levels without the risk of adverse effects.29
Q: When should you drink matcha green tea?
A: Avoid drinking matcha early in the morning or on an empty stomach. Doing so may lead to stomach upset and nausea because of its ability to increase stomach acid. You should also avoid consuming it before bedtime, since its caffeine content boosts energy and alertness, which may hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep.
The best time to drink matcha green tea is before exercising or going to work. This gives you the energy and mental clarity that you need in order to perform your activities more efficiently. It’s also ideal to drink matcha 30 to 45 minutes before or after a meal to allow for proper absorption of nutrients in the body.30
Q: How can you use matcha green tea?
A: You may either consume matcha the traditional way, which involves whisking it into a bowl of hot water, or you may also opt to add it into different beverages and desserts. Make sure that you only mix it with organic ingredients to make the most out of its health benefits.