Green tea is a powerful natural antidote to cancer as well as an anti-ageing agent. Ageing and cancer share a common cause – cellular damage. Your body is made up of trillions of small cells and these cells are under constant attack from free radicals throughout a person’s lifetime. A free radical is an atom or molecule that is unstable and therefore can easily react when it comes into contact with certain other molecules. When free radicals come in contact with human cells, they set off a chain of chemical reactions. The chemical reactions can be very harmful when they directly affect or involve key components of the human cell such as DNA, leading the cell to malfunction and even die in some cases.
Cell damage or death is actually what causes ageing. Repeated call damage call also lead to a much higher risk of cancer as your body attempts to produce new cells to make up for damaged or dead cells. In some cases, this production of new cells by the body becomes uncontrollable, leading to production of cancerous cells which keep multiplying throughout the body.
The good news is that nature provides a whole host of molecules called “antioxidants” to combat the impact of these nasty free radicals. Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals to choke-off or neutralize any chain chemical reactions started by the free radicals before they result in cellular damage. Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Beta Carotene are all examples of naturally occurring antioxidants that we can absorb through the right diet – a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetable and whole grains.
Green tea is now well known as a powerful antioxidant. But what is not widely known is that Matcha is actually a far more powerful antioxidant than even green tea. Matcha and green tea have the same origin but there is critical difference: when you drink green tea, you are just drinking the “leached” substances from the green tea left that have diffused into the water when you are boiling the tea; when you drink Matcha, you are actually drinking the green tea leaf, itself, in powdered form. As a result, Matcha has 10 times the antioxidant levels of regular green tea.
We live in a world where free radicals are to be found in abundance – polluted air and chemically-treated water and food are bombarding our bodies with more free radicals than the human body was ever designed to combat. So do yourself a favor: eat antioxidant rich foods, exercise regularly and do not forget to do an annual cancer check-up.