Introducing New Matcha & Turmeric+ Capsules
If you’ve ever heard of a matcha turmeric latte or smoothie then you’re bang on trend; they are the latest superfood combo to pique the interest of the health market. Many people would love to benefit from the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects this favourable duo has to offer, but we don’t all have the time to brew and blend! That is why we have combined Matcha with Turmeric into a convenient and easy to take vegan-friendly capsule, along with the addition of ginger root and black pepper for extra benefits and maximum absorption.
Our new formula combines ingredients that offer great support to overall health, and also towards maintaining a healthy digestion. These ingredients are extensively studied herbs, and have been used for thousands of years by Eastern cultures for their health promoting benefits.
So let’s break the formula down into each ingredient component, and see their advantages:
♦ Matcha: Originating from Japan, matcha is a specialty green tea made from stone ground whole dried tea leaves, and it is richer in antioxidants than any other tea. Its bright green colour comes from its high chlorophyll levels which makes it an excellent detoxifier. Matcha is most favoured for being rich in polyphenol compounds called catechins, a type of antioxidant, specifically one called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Antioxidants can help to prevent ageing and chronic diseases. They help the body’s defense in the fight against infection, and the effects of free radicals caused by chemicals such as alcohol and tobacco smoke, environmental pollutants, UV rays and radiation; all of which are immune suppressors, and can lead to cell and DNA damage.
Matcha may also help to protect the health of your liver which plays a vital part in flushing out toxins and processing nutrients in the body. Scientific analysis of 15 studies showed drinking green tea to be a protective factor associated with reduced risk of liver disease¹
Matcha naturally contains caffeine, and is also deemed to be a natural energy booster helping us to feel alert, additionally Matcha also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that is said to promote memory, calm and relaxation. Matcha thus creates a state of ‘alert calm’ as the L-Theanine content is said to increase alpha brain waves which relaxes the mind without inducing drowsiness or a crash in energy levels that often accompanies the consumption of caffeine².
♦ Turmeric: A culinary spice that has been used for centuries in Indian and Chinese natural medicine for its natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is widely recognised by health professionals as a well-founded support for overall health and digestion. The main active ingredient is the phenol, curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant. Studies show curcumin be beneficial to joints, counteracting the negative effects of chronic inflammation, and the conditions associated with it such as arthritis. Several studies have shown the anti-arthritic effects of curcumin in humans with osteoarthritis³ and rheumatoid arthritis⁴.Turmeric has been studied into how it may enhance brain health also, showing some promise in treating depression, with some evidence that curcumin can boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine⁵.
♦ Black pepper: It contains a bioactive compound called piperine. Piperine enhances the absorption of curcumin⁶. The addition of this ingredient improves bioavailability making a substantially more effective supplement.
♦ Ginger: This popular ingredient belongs to the same botanical family as turmeric, sharing many of its nutritional properties and antioxidant capabilities. It is also known to contain gingerol, which is its main bioactive phenolic compound. Gingerol is responsible for much of its medicinal properties, and it is also what gives ginger it’s fragrance and widely enjoyed distinctive flavour. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects which can reduce oxidative stress in the body⁷
Just like turmeric, ginger has been deemed helpful in the treatment of osteoarthritis, with studies in people showing reductions in pain and disability⁸.
There is also some truth to the old wives tale that ginger helps digestion. It can be used calm nausea. Studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ginger in the prevention of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and chemotherapy⁹. Ginger studies also show that it speeds up the emptying of the stomach, and so can be beneficial for people who suffer with indigestion and related stomach discomfort¹⁰
Promisingly early stage research shows ginger might also help to lower blood sugar levels and has potentially antidiabetic properties¹¹ but further studies are needed in this area.
Given that oxidation and inflammation are believed to play a major role in ageing, consuming a daily supplement with such antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may help delay ageing and fight age-related chronic diseases which could aid longevity, and ‘healthy’ ageing.