Is Matcha Good for You?

Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.

Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!

Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!

Hold on – what is a Catechin?

We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!

It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.

Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying. 

I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!

P.S Peach flavour is heaven!

Hope the post was informative 🙂

M

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Sources:

Journal of Chromatography. Determination of catechins in matcha green tea by micellar electrokinetic chromatography

Environmental Nutrition, Matcha Tea Brews Benefits. January 2017. 

9 Proven Black Cumin Health Benefits

Hello!

Previously I published a recipe for the Vegan Tomato Soup with Black Cumin, and I thought it would be useful for you guys if I also share the health benefits of black cumin overall!

Let’s introduce these little guys to you.

Black Cumin (Latin: Nigella sativa L.) has its roots in North-Eastern Europe and Western Asia where it was widely used as medicine. In Middle Ages, it was believed that black cumin can cure everything excepting death.

The scientific research has proven that Black Cumin has phenomenal health benefits.

Internal

  1. Antibacterial Properties and Antifungal Properties. It has been proven that Nigella sativa is effective in fighting Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans.
  2. A cure for Depression. The research has shown that Black Cumin has positive impact on central nervous system, adding it to your meals every day can help with improving your overall well-being
  3. Antihistamine Properties. The research has demonstrated that black seeds have a miraculous effect on hay fever, and it is free from common antihistamine meds side effects, like drowsiness and fatigue.
  4. Antihypertensive. It has been proved that black seeds have stronger activity than many antihypertensive drugs.
  5. A cure for Asthma. 29 people took part in 3-months research. 14 were given a placebo, and 15 were given Black Cumin extract. Asthma symptoms started decreasing in the second group after 2 months.

External

  1. A cure for Atopic Dermatitis. It has been proven that oil from black seeds has an enormous impact on this disease. I can relate to that, as my fiancee has that problem and black cumin oil really helped! We spent a lot of money on pharmaceuticals, but black cumin oil was the only thing that really helped.
  2. Anti Acne. As I mentioned before, it has antibacterial properties, and it is an excellent acne cure. It fights the bacteria but it doesn’t dry the skin.
  3. Help in Psoriasis. The research has shown that black cumin oil and black cumin seeds extract has a beneficial impact on psoriasis, however, following the research and my own observation it looks like it is impossible to cure psoriasis completely.
  4. Anti Dandruff. I really don’t need a research paper to completely agree with that. I had a horrible greasy dandruff, I tried everything, nothing helped. My mum suggested black cumin oil, it was gone after two weeks. I was using it every third day.

I could go on and on about all the benefits, and I think that it goes without saying that black cumin oil and seeds have a never ending list of them. I have chosen ones I feel are the most sought when it comes to ‘superfoods’. Oh, forgot to add weight loss…

I have listed my resources down below, and I encourage you to have a look at them, as you can find more details about that miraculous plant.

Resources: 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352241015000286

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3642442/

http://www.poradnikzdrowie.pl/zywienie/co-jesz/czarnuszka-zastosowanie-w-kuchni-i-kosmetyce-wlasciwosci-czarnuszki_39757.html (if you speak Polish :))

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387228/ 

How to ‘smuggle’ black seeds and make them your every day must eat.

-Add them to cream soups, like here Vegan Tomato Soup with Black Cumin Seeds.

-Sprinkle on your sandwiches

-Use Black Cumin Oil in salads, tastes so great!

-Like to bake bread? Add some of it!  Buy Black Cumin Here

That’s what I do. Do you have any other ideas how to use Black Cumin seeds or oil? Please comment below!